International travel may be getting easier – from 8th November we can even visit the US again, provided we’re fully jabbed – but the staycation trend is going nowhere.
According to new research by Tripadvisor, 62% of Brits are planning to travel in the UK this autumn, whereas just 14% are planning on venturing overseas. The travel site has also published its list of the fastest-growing staycation destinations, and it seems that city breaks are very much in fashion.
No fewer than three cities in Scotland make the top ten, as does Newcastle, as travellers use autumn to explore the northernmost parts of the UK. Check out the top 10 below.
1. Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
2. Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
3. London, England
4. Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
5. Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
6. Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
7. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
8. Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
9. Dundee, Angus, Scotland
10. Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
Tripadvisor’s Autumn Travel Index also reveals that Gen Z are especially keen to travel in the next few months, with 36% saying they are planning three or more trips this autumn.
Meanwhile, a third of millennials (33%) and just over a third of Gen Z (37%) say they intend to spend more on their autumn trips than they did before the pandemic in 2019.
Another autumn trend is Halloween-themed experiences as travellers seek to get spooky with ghost and vampire tours, castles and cultural tours. Perhaps surprisingly given that tours are sometimes associated with older travellers, 71% of Gen Z and 46% of millennials said they intend to book some kind of tour as part of their autumn staycation.
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