A yurt or a treehouse?

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Bournemouth draws many of us to holiday there for its beaches

Bournemouth draws many of us to holiday there for its beaches

Barclays has decided that staycations are boosting small businesses around the country according to a new survey.

It says that more than three quarters of UK adults (77%) that have been on, or are planning a UK staycation and this might explain why turnover in the accommodation and food services sector is up 17% since 2009, the highest since its peak in 2006.

New Barclays’ research reveals £22.5billion is spent on UK staycations every year, with Brits spending £575 per party on average. Men spend over 5% more than women, while those over 55+ budget £619 on average and are most likely to go away in September than any other month.

The seaside is the most popular type of staycation with 20 million or 52% heading to be beside the sea, followed by country breaks (45%). A city break is chosen by one in three (37%) while 27% want to spend holidays staying with friends and family. Caravanning is a popular UK holiday activity for one in five staycationers (17%) and is most popular with 18-34 year olds (20%) compared to 13% aged 55 and over. Furthermore, 13% of Brits have a penchant to be pampered on a UK spa break – including one in twelve men (8%).  When choosing where to go, famous landmarks and attractions (41%) are the main draw for domestic tourists, followed by finding the best deal. (39%.) .

The South West is the nation’s favourite staycation spot, with a third (31%) of holidaymakers heading to the region for their breaks. Over half (55%) of those living in the South West stay in the region for their holiday, rather than travelling further afield. The next most popular regions people visit are Scotland (21%), and Wales (16%).

But when holidaying in the UK where do we like to stay? As you might imagine, a caravan scores highly with 42% of us opting for that. Pitching a tent or maybe glam camping is the next most popular choice with just under a third of us decided on that form of overnight rest. Only 12% of us nominated a canal boat with even fewer, 9% using a camper van. But it is the unusual forms of accommodation which would attract me. A castle or fort attracted 5% of us and 3% selected a yurt neither which is amongst the commonest forms of accommodation to be found dotted along our byways. And 2% decided on a treehouse and there are even fewer of those around, the same number that voted for a floating hotel

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