Are You Planning On A UK Holiday This Summer?
Brits are going on holiday again! As the UK staycation industry prepares for a late summer start, learn how to stay protected during the pandemic.
The government has announced that Brits can go on holiday again from the 4th July. With international travel still somewhat restricted, staycations are looking like the holiday of choice for 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on the 23rd June that accommodation sites including hotels, campsites and self-catering lets will be allowed to resume business from the 4th July. This has prompted an incredible surge in internet searches and bookings so that Brits can finally get the summer holiday they’ve been looking forward to. Some staycation sites are seeing web traffic increase by 250% compared to the same period of last years, whilst some campsites are recording an increase of 750% in interest according to iNews.
Where are people heading?
The UK has some incredibly beautiful destinations waiting to be explored by the British public. East England has a stunning stretch of coastline throughout Norfolk and Suffolk which takes in countless picturesque seaside towns. A Suffolk holiday cottages representative explains that there is also a surge in interest here due to East England being one of the areas least affected by the virus. Cornwall and Devon are also incredibly popular with their sweeping cliffs and good chance of warm weather. Other hotspots include Wales, the Lake District, the Peak District, the Scottish Highlands and the Cotswolds.
What are the current rules?
The social distancing regulations are under constant review, but the current rules outline that two households of any size are now able to meet up either indoors or outdoors. They may also stay overnight together. This change in the rules allows a family to go on a holiday with another family, which might include grandparents going on holiday with their children and grandchildren. The ability for large groups of people to go on holiday may be having a partial impact on the increase in staycation interest. Although, it’s worth bearing in mind that properties which sleep more than ten people may have a harder time being booked up under the current regulations.
Do you need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is always advisable when booking a holiday, but it’s never been more important than during the Covid-19 pandemic. When taking out cover, make sure you check that your insurance doesn’t exclude coronavirus as part of the cancellation policy. If it does, then make sure your booking terms would allow you to cancel or rebook for free in the event that your plans are affected by the virus.
How can travellers be confident of hygiene?
The government has advised the tourist industry to make widespread changes to the way that accommodation providers operate during the pandemic. These include the need for contactless payment, timed arrivals, apps for communication with staff and increased hygiene levels. Travellers will want to know that their staycation provider of choice has adhered to these strict health and safety standards. An easy way to check is to look out for the green tick representing ‘We’re good to go’. This symbolises that an accommodation provider has made the required changes and trained staff in updated policies.
If you’re interested in getting away this summer, then don’t delay as bookings are going fast. Remember to check the small print of the booking so you know exactly what you’ve committed to and take out cover just in case.