Staycations top option for Brit holidaymakers this summer: report

Staycations are the most popular choice for mini-breakers this year with nearly two-thirds (61%) of holidaymakers taking at least one short break in the UK and just under a third (32%) heading further afield to Europe. 

Polperro Harbour, Cornwall. The English seaside town is a popular staycation destination.
Polperro Harbour, Cornwall. The English seaside town is a popular staycation destination.

This is among the main findings of a new report published by American Express.

Less than half (46%) of those interviewed said they planned to spend more than five days away from home on holiday this year.

The poll of 2,000 holidaymakers found nearly a third (31%) of those who head off on a shorter getaway do so because mini-breaks feel more spontaneous, don’t take so much planning or cost less than longer holidays.

However, despite thinking shorter getaways are more budget-friendly, holiday costs can soon mount up with Britons spending an estimated £431 each on  travel, accommodation, food and drink. Furthermore, just under a quarter (24%) admit to getting carried away and spending beyond their budget on holiday extras such as day trips, excursions and gifts.

Average spend per person for each mini-break activity

Activity Cost
Accommodation £172
Food and drink £131
Flights/ travel to destination £128
Shopping £92
Tickets for activities, exhibitions, events, museums £72
Excursions £64
Local transport £63
Gifts for others £55
Treats e.g. spa £51
Tipping £50


When away from the daily grind, taking time to experience local culture is crucial for mini-breakers. The top two activities on to-do lists are trying the local cuisine (38%) and seeing as much as possible of the surrounding area by foot or public transport (33%).  People are happy to spend money on these activities too, splashing out an average of £131 on food and drink and over £100 per person on getting out and about.

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