The August staycation

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Friends have been telling me that trying to book cottages and other accommodation stays over the summer school holiday period has been difficult.

There seem to be plenty of spaces available for camping and glamping holidays this August

Doubts remained as to whether people want to face the hassle of going abroad – even if we can  – whilst others have given up and settled for something at home.

But where?

Last Friday evening a journey from London to Exeter took seven hours when anyone might expect about half as much time. On the same evening, a journey over the Pennines that should take about ninety minutes took about two-and-a-half hours!

One accommodation provider on the edges of Dartmoor in Devon has turned around to those that it previously accepted a booking from and closed for the last week of August claiming that staff needed a break from the busy weeks and extra work they had to perform due to coronavirus regulations.

On top of that, many organisations in travel are complaining about a lack of staff due to those previously employed being either EU residents who had returned to their homelands or due to people getting jobs elsewhere.

You can bet that some of the busy areas will be busier this August and getting a bargain is unlikely.  

But not ever tourist provider claims that popular places are full.

Take Cool Camping for example.

It says that in August, there is an occupancy rate of 60% in its camping and glamping sites but space is available in even the most popular areas.

For mid-week in August for example, it says that based on its bookings, there is a 63% occupancy rate right across the UK.  The most popular areas are Pembrokeshire, (85%,) Cornwall, (84%,) the Lake District, (79%,) the North Norfolk Coast (77%,) and the New Forest, (48%.)

By the time you read this, the numbers will have risen but it still looks as though there is plenty of room. Especially in other areas that aren’t on this list but are still popular such as the Peak District, North Yorkshire Moors, the Forest of Dean, Somerset, Lleyn peninsular, Snowdonia, the west of Ulster and the Scottish borders/Northumberland.

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