Britons can make the most of summer by embracing some of the natural beauty on offer across the country since domestic holidays were given the green light by the Government. However, with many people holidaying on a budget this year, the destination could be the key to getting “the best value for money”.
According to findings from Island Cottage Holidays, the South East of England is the best place to go if you want to make the most of a staycation.
New data has compared the areas of the UK which received the most sunlight and best temperatures with the average cost of stays to determine the hotspot which is the ultimate money-saving holiday haven.
Using Met Office data and Tourism Office costings, it was discovered that the South East experiences more sunshine for a relatively low-cost visit.
Though the south West of the UK, home to Devon and Cornwall, receives more overnight stays, the average cost per visit totals around £225 on average.
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Meanwhile, the South East, with hotspots including Brighton, Dover and Margate, comes in at an average of just £167 per visit.
The region is also said to receive seven more hours of sunshine per year, and temperatures up to 0.5 degrees celsius higher each day.
The North and North East proves the cheapest locations for visits, however, sun hours and temperatures were considerably deduced on average.
Scotland, on the other hand, though providing the lowest temperatures and sunshine hours, actually came out as one of the most expensive places for a visit.
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The average stay comes in at approximately £252 per visit.
Though camping and caravan holidays are surging across the UK, many sites are still suffering from having lost huge revenue during the early summer months spent in lockdown.
However, many are now looking at pushing their opening into the winter months in a move which could make up for losses.
“Lots of campsites have been exploring an extended season to try and make up for lost revenue between April and June – not necessarily for tent camping, but perhaps for touring guests and glamping pods,” campsites.co.uk founder Martin Smith told Express.co.uk.
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“Most campsites have a short season – open from April to October and generating most of their earnings between May and August.”
While just a quarter of holiday parks and campsites have permission to be open all year round, the UK government has urged local councils to work with regional sites to extend the season in the wake of the pandemic.
Robert Jenrick, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, said in a written statement concerning England on Tuesday: “The Government also recognises that the tourism industry will need to be able to adapt to secure its financial future.
“In response to COVID-19, the majority of UK businesses closed in March 2020, including caravan, campsites and holiday parks.”
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He added: “Extending their operation beyond the usual summer season will be invaluable to parks as the sector begins to recover.”
Though site closures had some negative impact on owners, it also gave them a chance to address issues raised in the past, and boost their offering for guests according to caravan experts from Flogas.
A Flogas spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Due to customers’ holidays being cancelled during the pandemic, this could be their first trip for a long time, so they are looking to have the ‘perfect’ vacation.”
The organisation suggests site owners should “focus on these areas” and “fix them for future customers.”
Holiday sites are also now employing social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures throughout.