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Devon -Westward Ho!

Devon -Westward Ho!

All sorts of reports have been published lately telling us where we are going. Now comes one that says a third of us who plan to take a holiday this year haven’t booked yet. And of those of us who are going take a holiday, 35% are going to stay in the UK.
So are you holidaying in the UK this year? And if so, where?
This survey is by Travelodge so maybe one shouldn’t be too surprised that they are saying that 10% more of us than last year will holiday in the UK. But given the weather forecast for the summer – if the tabloids are to be believed – the UK could do well.
Travelodge suggests that Cornwall, the Lake District and Devon will be the top three destinations. It didn’t really take a survey to come up with that answer did it?
The reason we are holidaying at home seems to be largely financial rather than the fact that the UK has attractive destinations, wonderful heritage, good walking opportunities and lots of things to see and do. 38% of people said it was because it was cheaper than going abroad. Yes it can be if you are careful but, equally, it can be more expensive as was pointed out by Simon Calder of The Independent on BBC Breakfast last weekend.
According to the survey, 20% of those who holidayed in the UK last year liked it so much they decided to stay again this year.
Perhaps more interestingly is what the survey tells us about our appetite for holidays. 80% of us “will refuse” to give up our summer breaks and the average Briton will take 3 shortbreaks in the UK. About one third of us want both a holiday at home and one abroad. If the survey is right, the value of a holiday to us is strengthening in our minds rather than one to be jettisoned when hard times come. It could be good news for the home countries

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