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Best UK staycation destinations 2021: The 3 quietest staycation places to avoid the crowds

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

If you want something really quiet where you won’t be disturbed, you probably don’t want to stay in a busy hotel.

Nicky said: “For those looking for the quietest of staycations, the focus will be on remote self-contained accommodation.

“Availability in the summer for certain spots is good at the moment, and prices are not exorbitant.”

The big decision you have to make is the location, and Nicky has suggested his top 3 quiet locations.

UK holiday destinations dominate foreign travel for summer – four key staycation hotspots

Britons might typically look overseas to tropical beaches and palm tree-lined shorelines for their summer holiday. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing travel restrictions have forced people to change their usual travel habits.
Despite hopes holidays could resume from May 17 under the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown, according to Booking.com a large chunk of Britons are opting to play it safe this year.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk Ryan Pearson, regional manager at Booking.com explained that even with the potential of jetting off abroad, UK destinations continue to dominate travel searches.

“After seeing an increase in searches following the government’s announcement, Booking.com can reveal that domestic getaways will be front of mind for UK travellers this summer,” he said.

“In fact, eight out of the top ten most searched for destinations for summer months were based in the UK, which is twice as many as 2020.”

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Though the majority of the country has seen a spike in interest from holidaymakers, there are four key regions that are proving to be particularly popular hotspots.

“Cornwall, Devon, Yorkshire and The Highlands have all seen a noticeable recent increase in searches,” continued Mr Pearson.

However, these are not the only destinations that Britons are eagerly eyeing up.

Mr Pearson also pointed to some specific regions which have seen a surge in searches including Bath, Newquay, St Ives, Edinburgh, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Torquay, Inverness, York and Brighton.

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After more than a year of varying levels of lockdown, Britons are itching for a change of scenery, though there are some types of holiday which are more popular than others.

“We are aware that travel confidence levels are currently steady, given our recent research which revealed that 47 percent of people still plan to travel within their own country in the medium term, with 38 percent planning to do so in over a year’s time,” explained Mr Pearson.

“Further to this, Britons are most keen to take a beach, nature sightseeing or city break in the future.

“As Britons are looking to the UK for their beach getaway this

year, destinations such as Newquay, St Ives and Torquay have surged in popularity for this summer compared to last year.”

With certain destinations already booking up quickly, Mr Pearson shared some crucial advice for Britons keen to visit some of the most highly sought after destinations.

“Given the large amount of uncertainty that COVID-19, for those making travel plans, we always recommend opting for flexible policies, given the ever-evolving government guidelines,” he advised.

Many travel and accommodation providers have ramped up their cancellation and rebooking policies to allow for unexpected Covid-related events.

This often includes sudden lockdowns, or in the event holidaymakers are diagnosed with coronavirus.

However, holidaymakers are warned they could inadvertently end up voiding these protective policies in some circumstances.

“It is also vital that people adhere to Government guidelines at the time of booking and

when going away,” concluded Mr Pearson.

This includes if localised lockdowns come into play, but holidaymakers still choose to travel.

Holidaymakers are advised to stay up-to-date on the relevant guidelines both in their local area, and their destination.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Most popular UK holiday destinations for this summer – where to book now

Britons are hopeful that they will be able to travel abroad this summer as many have already started to book foreign holidays, but with rises in coronavirus cases in Europe over the past few weeks, the situation remains uncertain. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to confirm the next steps in his roadmap out of lockdown plans in April.
Although it is still unclear if Britons will be able to travel to Europe this summer, holiday searches continue to increase.

Booking.com has revealed the most popular summer travel destinations, both in the UK and beyond.

These destinations are trending, being the most searched for places by Britons.

Unsurprisingly, eight out of the ten most searched for destinations are in the UK, as the population remains realistic about the unpredictability of the coronavirus.

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Bath, Edinburgh, Inverness, and York were also extremely popular searches.

However, Britons’ desire to travel abroad remains strong as some European countries appeared in the top 100 most searched for destinations.

Croatia, France[2], and Spain[3] were amongst the most sought-after international nations.

The most popular locations within these countries were Paris, Barcelona, Marbella, Malaga, Split, and Dubrovnik.

Other top European searches included Rome and Sorrento.

Outside of Europe, many Britons were searching for Dubai, as well as Marrakech, in Morocco.

Ryan Pearson, Regional Manager at Booking.com, said: “Since the government announcement yesterday [Tuesday, March 23] there seems to be a real sense of optimism amongst us Brits and I am sure I am not the only one who is counting down the days until travel restrictions are eased.

“In light of the vaccine rollout and with many of us eager to experience the world once again, there is no surprise that we are seeing an increase in bookings for domestic summer getaways in particular – I personally cannot wait for some sun and sea with my family and the UK has so much to offer,” Mr Pearson added.

“We look forward to travel resuming when the time is right, and this is great news not only for travellers, but also for the tourism industry and economy as whole.”

On Tuesday, March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked NHS staff and volunteers for their work in administering “the astounding vaccine roll-out”.

He said: “We will meet our targets, offering a first dose to everyone over 50 by the middle of next month, as well as those under 50 who are clinically vulnerable, and offering a first dose of the vaccine to every adult by the end of July.

“And cautiously but irreversibly, step by step, jab by jab, this country is on the path to reclaiming our freedoms,” Mr Johnson added.

References

  1. ^ Google Maps: Users left baffled by ‘mysterious naked’ man (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ France (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ Spain (www.express.co.uk)

Russia's Crimea expects record number of visitors with other tourist destinations closed due to coronavirus restrictions

The number of tourists visiting Russia’s Crimea in 2021 is projected to reach at least eight million people, according to the region’s State Council’s Chairman of the Committee for Tourism, Resorts and Sports Alexey Chernyak.

“Last year a lot of people of different ages visited Crimea for the first time, and were not disappointed at all,” Chernyak said on Tuesday, adding that “this year the number of visitors will also be high despite the fact that Turkey has also opened for tourism, and some European states are planning to open [borders] from April.”

According to Chernyak, there has been a revision of the attitude towards Crimea as a tourist spot in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nearly 1.5 million people visited the peninsula in July 2020 when the region finally reopened its tourism sector after the coronavirus-related restrictions were lifted. August became an even hotter tourist season amid the rush for post-lockdown seaside vacations, local authorities said.

In the past several years, Crimea’s tourism sector has flourished as the Black Sea peninsula enjoyed record numbers of visitors in the post-Soviet era. In 2018, 6.8 million people visited the region, and in 2019 the number rose to 7.4 million.

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