Lonely Planet Writer

One in three Brits books their staycation less than five days before leaving, says survey

As more UK travellers are taking “staycations”, a new survey has found that as Brits plan their holidays close to home, one-third are getting quite spontaneous with their travel plans.

 Boats in the harbour at Clovelly an historic fishing village on the Devon Heritage Coast.

Boats in the harbour at Clovelly an historic fishing village on the Devon Heritage Coast. Image by Helen Hotson

About 33% of Brits book their staycation less than five days before they actually travel, according to Snaptrip, a site that lets travellers book last-minute cottage holidays. The company’s data revealed that those living in York are the most spontaneous, while travellers from Nottingham tend to take more time planning their break. York residents book a holiday about 16 days before they leave, followed by their Irish neighbours from Dublin at 17 days, and residents of Liverpool at 21 days.

Blea Tarn, Cumbria, Lake District.
Blea Tarn, Cumbria, Lake District. Image by Graham Norton RF

However, others would prefer more than a month to prepare before departing, as Nottingham residents book up to 45 days in advance. Leeds and Southampton natives want 36 days to plan and Cardiff-dwellers need 35 days to prepare. When it comes to what length people are willing to travel for their staycation, those from Newcastle are most likely to go the distance, travelling an average of 302 miles. Cardiff residents play it safe on both accounts, booking their vacation on average about 77 miles away. According to a recent survey by Comfort Insurance, the top places visited in Britain by British people are Cornwall, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands.