Staycations top travel wish-list for UK holidaymakers when Covid restrictions are lifted


Almost a quarter of people in the UK are yearning to get away for a welcome break in this country as soon as possible after lockdown restrictions are eased.

The widely-respected UK Travel Intelligence Report, reveals 24 per cent plan to do more staycations than they did pre-pandemic to take advantage of the glorious British countryside and coast.

This compares to just 13 per cent looking to visit Europe more frequently, and five per cent planning to travel outside of Europe more often than they did pre-Covid.

Some 14 per cent hoped to take a short break in either April or May, followed by 12 per cent looking forward to a staycation in August.

Here is a round-up of the most popular staycation destinations when lockdown is lifted according to the study.

Norfolk – best for wildlife

The north Norfolk coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty. This Headwater cycling holiday, takes in both the country and coastal scenery.

The trip includes time at RSPB Titchwell and the seals at Blakeney, as well as visits to Sandringham and the gardens of the historical manor houses of Holkham and Houghton Hall.

Three nights are spent in Holt, a Georgian market town as a base to explore the coast and reach the Norfolk Broads, a haven for avid bird watchers.

Headwater has a seven-night self-guided cycling holiday to Norfolk from £1,099 per person including accommodation with breakfast daily, bike hire, GPS route maps and navigation app, luggage transfers and services of a local representative.

Scottish Highlands – best for remote adventures

The less travelled North Highland Way begins with three nights in its northernmost town of Thurso before walking west across the very top of the UK’s mainland.

In addition to exploring the mysterious Scottish Highlands, the trip also includes a day trip to the Orkney Islands with possibilities of seeing puffin colonies, whisky tasting in the famous Wolfburn Distillery and a visit to John O’Groats.

Exodus Travels has a seven-night Walk the North Highland Way priced from £1,499 per person including seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast, six days’ guided walking, luggage transfers and transport and activities as listed. Confirmed departures: 10-17 April and 4-11 September 2021.

Plymouth, Devon – best for interacting with locals

Plymouth Waterfront

From the classic 1950’s architecture of the rebuilt city, to a 17thcentury fortress, maritime heritage and scenic grandeur, Plymouth never fails to surprise visitors.

ToursByLocals offers private, customisable tours showcasing the expanse of Plymouth Hoe and the old medieval town, the history of the Mayflower and its Pilgrims, and World War Two. Visitors can also take in the views across the waters of the Plymouth Sound, the UK’s first National Marine Park.

ToursByLocals offers private, tailored tours, including three in Plymouth. The Plymouth Devon Walking Tour is priced from £340 for up to six people for three hours. For more information, visit:

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – best for families

Nearly £30 million has been invested to transform Nottingham Castle into a world-class attraction. It will retell the story of Robin Hood whilst the refurbishment includes remodelling of the grounds to reveal more of the medieval site and views across the city.

Bidroom, membership-based online travel club, offers a three-night stay at St James Hotel starting from £405 for two adults and two children (based on a bank holiday stay in late May 2021).

Bidroom guarantees the best hotel prices and a host of additional free hotel perks and travel extras. No prepayment needed and the hotel offers free cancellation until two days before the arrival date.

Anglesey – best for romance

Couples can explore tranquil rolling hills and the scenic island coastline of Anglesey by bike, boat or on foot and then curl up at Bodafon Lodge.

These lakeside self-catering lodges sit right on the edge of the water and have a private hot tub on the outside decking. For chillier days there’s a log burner in the living area and the bathroom comes complete with a sauna.

HolidayPirates has a four-night stay at the Bodafon Lodge from £485 per couple (£63 per person per night) and a deposit of just £25.

Cornwall – best for coastal exploring

The beautiful scenery of Cornwall

This new group trip takes in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall beginning in Padstow, renowned for its food scene and home to several of Rick Stein’s acclaimed restaurants. Cross the Camel Estuary by ferry and discover Rock and the beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay. The group will then head to the southern coast to explore the Fowey Estuary as well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Mevagissy.

For the second half of the trip, the group will be based in Charlestown staying right in the Georgian harbour, as seen in Poldark.

Exodus Travel’s five-night Walking in Cornwall is priced from £999 per person including five nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast, five days’ guided walking, and transport and activities.

Pembrokeshire – best for walking

Sunset over small harbour in Pembrokeshire, Wales

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stretches along the South Wales coastline from St Dogmaels to Amroth.

This new walking holiday follows the southernmost section of the Pembrokeshire Coast path, starting in the historic town of Pembroke.

From here it follows undulating clifftop trails with far reaching sea vistas, passing distinctive natural rock formations, and traversing some of Wales’ prettiest bays.

Headwater has a seven-night self-guided walk from £829 per person including accommodation with breakfast daily, maps, luggage transfers and services of a local representative.

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