Survey shows we're all going on a summer holiday - and eating fish and chips

Scenic shot of Torquay beach

Why go anywhere else when Devon boasts beaches like Torre Abbey in Torquay? - Credit: English Riviera

Staycation is the in-thing this summer and Devon is the place to be, according to a recent survey. 

The 2021 Travelodge Holiday Index says 71 per cent of the nation is planning to take a summer holiday and 85 per cent are holidaying on British shores. 

With the average Staycation costing around £769.70, it is estimated collectively Britons will be splashing £31 billion on their Staycation. 

The annual holiday index surveyed 2,000 British adults.

Staycation is going to be big because 76 per cent of Britons are too scared to travel abroad due to the international impact of Covid-19. 

A total of 47 per cent of Britons have also not had a holiday since the first lockdown stared in March last year and want certainty that their money will not be wasted and the UK is a more secure option.  Over a third, 36 per cent, reported that the lockdown gave them time to reflect and they now feel more inspired to get out and explore what the UK has to offer.     

Sun, Sea, Sand is what they are craving the most with 52 per cent taking a jaunt to the seaside. Cornwall has kept its crown as the top coastal holiday destination. Brighton takes second place, Blackpool secures third place and Devon is fourth in the top ten listing.      

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Britons are also taking full advantage of the accessibility Great Britain offers with 48 per cent of adults mapping out their holiday to create a multi-centre holiday. This includes adding either a city break or a countryside retreat to a seaside holiday. 

Heading the top 10 list for most like activities is eating fish and chips at the seaside, going for a walk on the beach at sunset, taking a good hike in the countryside, having a cream tea in a quaint tea shop and indulging in a traditional pub lunch in a pub garden.  

The top spenders are those from Aberdeen with an average Staycation spend of £1,420 and Wolverhampton with £1,400 ranked one and two and London (£810) and the  Brummies (£808) at nine and 10.