Tourism

Brits to spend £4.5bn on staycations this half-term

On average British families will be spending £495.51 on the break, as 47% of families take a vacation somewhere in the UK over the next two weeks

The demand for staycations is set to remain strong this autumn, with British families reportedly set to spend a collective £4.5bn this October half-term break.

On average British families will be spending £495.51 on the break, as 47% of families take a vacation somewhere in the UK over the next two weeks, according to the autumn segment of the 2021 Travelodge Holiday Index.

It found that the average autumn family staycation will last for around four days and cost on average £363.83 for the trip. Parents are also set to spend a further £131.68 on entertaining their children during their trip, leading to a collective spend of £495.51. 

This is significantly higher than 2020, when 35% of British families took a short break during the October half term break and spent £341.80 on their trip.    

Other key findings from the study revealed that despite lockdown restrictions being lifted, a third (33%) of families still feel more safer holidaying at home than going abroad this year.  A quarter of families said that they have opted to take a UK short break during the school holidays so that they can support UK hospitality. 

Meanwhile, 20% of parents reported that it is cheaper to take a UK short break than finding interesting things to do at home to keep children entertained during the school holidays.

A further 20% of parents reported that taking an October half term break is the first holiday that they have taken this year.   

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “Our autumn Holiday Index report shows that Britons are still determined to make up for lost travel time due to the pandemic by packing in as many trips as they can. This is great news for the UK hospitality sector that the Staycation boom is continuing into autumn. 

“It is also a treat that Halloween falls on a weekend and during the holidays this year as Britons have been inspired to take a Spooky Staycation too. Our 578 Travelodge’s across the length and breadth of the UK are all getting geared up for a busy October half term break as Britons discover Britain in its finest autumn glory and enjoy Halloween.”    

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