The big question this summer is, has the horrendous weather put people off staycationing?
The economic downturn saw a rise in the number of Britons who wanted to rent a cottage the UK in order to save money. However a combination of torrential rain and Eurozone troubles seems to have contributed to 13 million Britons going on holiday abroad this summer according to The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
Victoria Bacon, head of communications at ABTA, said: “The UK is a beautiful place with exceptional holiday appeal but […] millions of us are looking to head off overseas for more reliable weather and high temperatures.”
ABTA reported that two million Britons will be going abroad this weekend alone due to the majority of schools breaking up for the summer period.
Due to the persistent rain throughout the year, there is a fear of flooding at historic sites around the country which has also kept many visitors away. David Dawson from the Landmark Trust said visitors were struggling to reach some of their sites in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Northumberland because of the weather. He highlighted that people seem to be leaving it longer to book a holiday so they can see what the weather is like.
The unpredictable nature of the weather seems to be driving us to warmer climes this summer; however there is no denying Britain is beautiful come rain or shine.