Lonely Planet Writer

Why some British travellers will opt for a staycation in 2019

Despite wanting to travel more in 2019, roughly a third of British travellers will opt for a staycation as prices for international travel are expected to rise.

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Tryfan mountain in the Ogwen Valley could be your next staycation. Image by ©Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet

In a new survey from the savings website VoucherCodes, 56% of Brits expect the cost of international travel to go up this year as a result of Brexit. The company found that the average cost for a couple to go abroad will be £987.50 (€1097.39), while staying in the UK will only cost £574.10 (€637.99). The fact that staying home is cheaper means that 40% of respondents said they plan to go on multiple trips around the UK, while 34% still expect to make more than one international trip this year.

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Plan a staycation at Kynance Cove on Lizard Peninsula. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

Despite the potential barriers to travel, 37% aspire to go on more holidays overall in 2019. While cost is a concern, nearly 47% also think that Brexit will make travelling abroad more difficult. About 43% of millennials also say that Brexit will impact how they travel this year, with 25% saying they will cut down on the number of holidays they take. Regardless, that won’t stop them from travelling altogether, as about half (48%) of millennials plan on having more than one international holiday next year, while 43% of Generation X say they will not leave the country.

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Take a chance to visit Hadrian's Wall, as seen from Cuddys Cragnear Housesteads Crag. Image by ©Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet

There are a number of ways in which Brexit could impact travel this year. The UK government has already issued advice to pet owners about how Brexit may impact travelling with their animals and how to prepare.

If you need a bit of inspiration for a staycation in the UK, the Scottish Highlands and islands are one of Lonely Planet’s best regions to visit in 2019.