Camping and caravan: UK ‘hidden gems’ where Britons can still bag a summer holiday

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As the summer holidays rapidly approach, ever-changing travel restrictions has caused more and more Britons to give up on international vacation plans in favour of something closer to home. However, this surge camping, caravan and UK staycation demand means numerous accommodation providers across the nation are already booked up during the peak season.

Luckily, according to Ed Bassett, UK Country Manager for Camptoo, this doesn’t mean a holiday is completely off the cards.

In fact, Mr Bassett revealed to Express.co.uk that there are still a number of ways to embark on a unique UK adventure.

The key, he says, is to “think outside the box”.

“While staycation bookings are at a record high, there is still availability across the summer months for those wishing to rent a campervan or motorhome with Camptoo,” Mr Bassett told Express.co.uk.

“We have over 900 vehicles listed across the UK at all budget levels, so we advise taking a look at the Camptoo website to see what is available in your chosen area for your desired travel dates.”

However, it might mean opting for a holiday outside of the regions which have been hugely popular this summer.

“Scotland and Cornwall have been the most popular Camptoo destination booked so far – representing 30 per cent of all Camptoo bookings in the past 30 days,” he explained.

Indeed, Cornwall has been cited as one of the UK’s busiest staycation destinations this year.

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According to data from Cornwall’s tourism board Visit Cornwall, the May half term alone saw an estimated 390,630 trips within bookings up 70 percent on the previous year before lockdown restrictions had even eased.

Searches for holidays in Scotland during the same period, meanwhile, were reportedly up 255 percent compared to 2019 according to data from holiday rentals search engine HomeToGo.

“Think outside the box when it comes to locations to visit,” continued Mr Bassett.

“We suggest expanding your search to other destinations such as Norfolk, Dorset, Somerset, or the North Yorkshire coast, where you’ll likely find more space and campsite availability.”

However, Britons who are still toying with their summer holiday plans need to act fast.

“Campsites across the country are booking up fast, however, so we advise booking sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment,” Mr Bassett explained.

Britons are also spending more time on their camping and caravan breaks than in previous years, according to Camptoo’s data.

“On average, our customers are booking trips for around five days, which shows that people are seeking longer trips instead of short weekend breaks,” he said.

And while there may still be space available in some campsites, for now, the Camptoo boss says last-minute bookings have become something of a trend this year.

“We expect that July and August are going to be very busy this year, particularly August half-term,” he said.

“We’re seeing a lot of short-lead bookings made just a few weeks in advance of travelling, which is likely due to the very small ‘Green List’ for international destinations Brits can visit.

“Bookings over the past 30 days have been consistently higher compared to the same time period last year, so we expect an even busier staycation market this summer than last.”

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