A third of Brits Want to Holiday Closer to Home

One in three Brits would prefer a holiday in the UK and Ireland, perhaps in a country cottage rental, to one further afield.

When asked whether they would prefer a holiday in the UK and Ireland to one from a large selection of foreign locations including France, Egypt and Portugal, one third told researchers they would opt for the former.

Car hire comparison site Carrentals also found that the 2,500 Brits they questioned were planning on taking more holidays than they did last year. This is surprising given the poor state of the economy, but almost half of respondents revealed they had budgeted for the extra getaways. However, one in five said they were reducing the number of holidays they would go on compared to last year.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals said the results show that their customers are opting for several breaks in the UK and Ireland instead of heading abroad. He suggested that the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, which took place earlier this month, may have highlighted the great things the UK has to offer holidaymakers.

According to the survey’s results, the majority of people prefer to book their holidays online. 74 per cent said they’d prefer to explore their options using the web, while 19 per cent said they would rather book their trip through a travel agent, face-to face. The telephone was the tool of choice for just eight per cent who would prefer to call in the hope of securing a good deal.