Brits last-minute staycationers: report

Brits are taking spontaneous ‘staycation’ breaks to the extreme, with one in three booking with less than five days before they leave, new research has revealed.  

Booking data from Snaptrip, the last minute cottage holiday hub, found that York is home to the most spontaneous travellers while those who spend the most time planning their break live in Nottingham.

York residents on average book a cottage break 16 days before they depart, closely followed by Dublin (17 days) and Liverpool (21 days) – all leaving less than a month to prepare for their staycation.

Nottingham natives on the other hand book up to 45 days before they depart, leaving plenty of time for packing and planning day trips. Although they aren’t the only city that prefers preparation time, with Leeds and Southampton needing 36 days, Cardiff requiring 35 days and Newcastle needing 30 days.

When it comes to how far people will go for their dream holiday in the UK, Newcastle folk are the most adventurous, on average travelling 302 miles from their hometown to go on an adventure – although York residents are still willing travelling some distance (152 miles).

The cities with the most and least spontaneous staycationers:

Most spontaneous Average days between booking and departing Average distance travelled
York 16 days 152 miles
Dublin 17 days 180 miles
Liverpool 21 days 101 miles
Glasgow 23 days 150 miles
London 24 days 156 miles
Least spontaneous Average days between booking and departing Average distance travelled
Nottingham 45 days 144 miles
Leeds 36 days 109 miles
Southampton 36 days 123 miles
Cardiff 35 days 77 miles
Newcastle 30 days 302 miles

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