2021 due to bring second summer of UK-based holidays
Find out how the pandemic has influenced staycations and travelling.
More than four-in-10 drivers have already committed to holidaying within the UK this summer, new research has revealed.
That figure could also continue to climb if coronavirus restrictions prevent others from going abroad for their holidays. It’s according to the RAC, which surveyed 2,1000 drivers in order to find out what their summer holiday plans were.
Though 13 per cent of respondents said that they hoped to travel abroad this summer, close to half said that they thought they would take a holiday within the UK if coronavirus restrictions made travel abroad impossible.
A quarter said that they would delay their trip to another date, while 16 per cent admitted they would drop the idea of a holiday abroad entirely this year. One in 10 were uncertain.
Official data shows many of the most popular overseas destinations for Brits during the summer are currently on the UK government’s red or amber travel list. The RAC believes that this could contribute to very busy roads this summer.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “With months of being locked down now behind us there’s a clear and very understandable desire from most people to have a summer holiday of some sort. That said, a significant proportion don’t intend to get away at all, perhaps worried about a possible third Covid wave or, more optimistically, hoping for a better opportunity of going abroad later on this year.”
“For those heading off in the UK this summer it’s very apparent that the car is going to be the transport mode of choice. What’s more, if those who have foreign trips planned can’t take them there is every chance the roads will be far busier than they would be in a normal summer, especially if we’re blessed with good weather as this will cause the number of day trips and weekend breaks to rocket.”
Published: July 5, 2021