The holiday home trend that has seen a 400% surge after lockdown

holiday searches jump staycations
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Lockdown has had us all stuck in the house for months trying to keep ourselves and our families entertained.

Many of us have had to be away from family and friends and a lot of us have had to cancel holidays and trips away that we had booked before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

So most of us are desperate to get away for a few days, even if it is just for a staycation somewhere in the UK.

And it seems like Brits are looking to make the most of the holiday destinations available to us here in the country during a time when there is some uncertainty surrounding overseas travel, as searches for certain types of holiday rentals have shot up.

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According to statistics released by Google, there are five holiday search terms that have shot up in the last week – and you may be surprised by the number one.

Brits are obviously keen for some fresh air and outdoor activities because the number one travel search term, which has shot up by 400 per cent in the last week, is ‘Cornwall caravan holidays’.

holiday searches jump staycations

And with people naturally worried about the precarious nature of currently booking a trip and some concerned about a second coronavirus peak, 'holiday insurance coronavirus' was the second most-searched travel term, up 350 per cent.

It seems like Brits could be looking to replicate their otherwise overseas holidays, as 'holiday cottages with hot tubs' came in third place, up 300 per cent, and 'holiday homes with pools' and 'holiday cottages by the sea' came joint 4th, with searches up 250 per cent.

Looking to book yourself a staycation? Here are some of our favourite rentals to try and get booked up…

UK staycations to book now

Holiday cottages with hot tubs

UK staycations

BOOK NOW: Secluded Countryside Lodge with Alfresco Hot Tub, price dependent on date, AirBnb

Holiday homes with pools

UK staycations

BOOK NOW: 60's poolhouse set in the Cotswolds, price dependent on date, AirBnb

Holiday cottages by the sea

UK staycations

BOOK NOW: Sea front cottage in the heart of St Ives, price dependent on date, AirBnb

We can't wait to book in one of these!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

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