This month’s heatwave has seen huge numbers of people choosing to enjoy a summer staycation in the UK rather than spending their holiday overseas, which is great news for environmentalists and the British economy.
Bakers Dolphin, a travel company based in Weston-Super-Mare have reported a 10% increase in travel bookings since the warm weather began almost 2 weeks ago. Sales and marketing manager, Amanda Harrington has reported that locations such as the West Country, Bournemouth and other seaside towns, and Scotland are all proving to be popular destinations. As a result, many families are stalling their last minute getaways to the continent in favour of places closer to home, many of which are boasting temperatures high enough to rival the Mediterranean.
With so many Brits currently watching their holiday budgets, the sudden burst of warm weather has come at just the right time, with the average week-long tour to Bournemouth costing just £419, ideal for a summer staycation that won’t break the bank.
The news is also welcomed greatly by environmentalists, who have criticized the population’s obsession with holidaying overseas for years. Every family choosing to holiday in the UK means one less family flying abroad, helping to decrease the usual levels of carbon emissions generated through flying during the summer period.
With the heatwave set continue for the next few weeks, Harrington is feeling positive about the season and hopes that it will encourage more people to explore the British Isles: “Down south there are some fabulous beaches which can often be mistaken for their counterparts on the Mediterranean, while the North and Scotland offer unbelievable scenery ideal for a walking holiday.”
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