BRITS wanting a last-minute staycation holiday may struggle to book one this summer as campsites and B&Bs sell out.
Plans for thousands of trips abroad have been left in tatters following the Spanish travel ban, with families also cancelling holidays to France, Italy and Greece due to similar fears.
There are still some holidays available in the UK this August – if you’re quickCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Since then, a surge in booking across the UK has seen locations sell out.
According to the Mail Online, the top 20 campsites in Cornwall recommended by campsites.co.uk are full until the end of August.
Some, such as Trethem Mill Touring Park in Truro, have no availability until October.
As a result of the high demand, travel operators are hiking prices to also try and make up money lost this year during lockdown.
Rachel Douglas, from London, who was looking for a hotel stay in Cornwall and Devon, told the BBC she couldn’t believe “how little was still free”.
Campsites and caravan parks are quickly booking up this monthCredit: Neil Hope – The Sun
While there is limited availability, the soaring demand has also led to soaring prices – with many costing more than a trip abroad would be.
Rachel added: “The cost is about 2,000-£3,000 […] I can literally fly round the world for this kind of money.”
Thankfully there are still some deals to be found. Campsites still have limited availability across the UK this month, while cottages and hotels have rooms still free.
Here are some of the deals you can take advantage of this August without flashing the cash – but you will have to be quick before they sell out.
We’ve rounded up the best deals for a British staycation this summerCredit: PA:Press Association
Camping holiday deals
- Six nights camping at Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park in Scotland with Pitchup – £24pp
- Six nights camping at Merley Court Holiday Park in Dorset with Pitchup – £30pp
- Six nights camping at Golden Square Touring and Camping Park in Yorkshire with Pitchup – £35pp
- Seven nights at Trevonick campsite in Cornwall – from £97pp
- Seven nights at Newquay Bay Resort with caravan for four – from £184pp
Cottage, holiday park and hotel deals
- One night at Z hotel in Bath or London – from £22pp
- Four night at Pontins Camber Sands or Southport – from £89
- Three nights with breakfast at Andover House – from £145pp
- Three nights in South Devon holiday home for six with Cofton Holidays – from £101pp (was £126pp)
- Three nights in Suffolk cottages with Suffolk Hideaways – from £182pp
- Three nights in Cotswold cottages with Cotswolds Hideaways – from £161pp
- Three nights in UK cottage with Snaptrip – from £239
- Four nights at Warners Leisure Hotels across the UK – from £199pp
- Three nights with Park Holidays across the UK with 50 per cent off food and drink – from £208
- Three to seven nights at Haven across the UK – from £329
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The demand for holidays is likely to have a knock-on effect for trips next year too.
Charles Millward, the owner of Staycation Holidays, told The Times: “People should be worried about finding availability next year, a lot of dates are already taken because they will have been moved from this year – one of our properties only has three weekends free next year from March til September.”
The lack of demand for foreign holidays could see prices plummet even further, according to Emma Coulthurst, travel expert at TravelSupermarket.com.
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