Best places UK: Staycation holidays on the rise in 2018
According to VisitBritain, 59 million staycations in Britain were taken in 2017, bringing £23.7 billion to the UK economy.
With cancelled flights and the fluctuating pound, a holiday abroad can cost a lot more than staying in the UK.
Staycation holidays are expected to increase with 74 per cent of Britons admitting to staying in the country this year,
This is compared to last year (56 per cent), according to Sykes Holiday Cottages.
Reasons cited included avoiding airport hassle (54 per cent), wanting to explore the UK more (46 per cent) and not wanting to leave their pets behind (16 per cent).
Whitby and Filey in North Yorkshire came in second and third place, respectively
But which destinations in the UK are the most popular to stay this year?
According to consumer research analysed by the Sykes Staycation Index, Yarmouth in the Isle of Wight is the top destination according to booking data.
The average weather in Yarmouth can hit as high as 20 degrees in the summer months.
A number of holiday parks in the region make it a popular choice for campers despite it being one of the smallest towns in the UK with 851 residents recorded in 2011.
It is also the oldest settlement on the island, with it’s history dating back to 991.
Best places UK: Yarmouth in Isle of Wight is the most popular for bookings this year
Whitby and Filey in North Yorkshire came in second and third place, respectively, harking back to traditional seaside holiday destinations many years ago.
The study found nine out of ten adults admitted having childhood holidays closer to home, which may inspire them to recreate the same thing with their own families.
Unsurprisingly, 80 per cent of the most popular towns chosen were close to the seaside.
Falmouth in Cornwall came in fourth place, a popular destination for surfing and sea, followed by Windermere in Cumbria.
What is the average staycation like? Holidayers travel 159 miles (the equivalent of Liverpool to Whitby), stay on holiday for six days and are most popular with couples who live in the South East of England. A hot tub or swimming pool is one of the most important features.
Best places UK: Whitby in North Yorkshire came in close second
Graham Donoghue, Chief Executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said:
“Local tourism is the lifeblood of many communities up and down the UK, and more so than ever before, Britons are realising the fun to be had by discovering what’s on offer just beyond their doorstep.
“Whether it’s Cornish coastline, quintessentially English cottages in the Cotswolds, or the rugged fells of the Lake District – the lure of our beautiful isles has persuaded millions to stay closer to home for their holidays.
“With Brits telling us they choose to staycation to avoid airport hassle, to save money, and to explore the beautiful scenery we have on offer, we’re confident the popularity of holidaying closer to home will continue to rise in the coming years.”
The cheapest staycations in the UK have previously been revealed by travel experts.
Search engine Holidu revealed Dartmoor as the cheapest which had average night stays for just £82.