The urgent travel warning you need to read if you’re planning a staycation

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With the government’s announcement that we can now book in trips around the country from 4th July, many of us have been straight on the Internet looking for a booking.

Anyone who has been plagued with cabin fever over the past nearly four months that we’ve been stuck in lockdown (opens in new tab) will be desperate to book in any staycation (opens in new tab) that’s possible.

But it turns out we could have an issue with getting an available booking.

Whether it’s a hotel (opens in new tab), holiday rental, campsite (opens in new tab) or caravan park (opens in new tab), with the whole country rushing to book in a staycation, summer dates are being quickly booked up.

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“Over the past two days, the summer holidays have been incredibly popular. They are now selling at just over seven times the rate they were last year,” James Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer at, told Telegraph Travel. “Any additional availability we had whilst people weren’t booking over the past few months is therefore being filled up very quickly.”

Even campsites are in the same boat, with Mike Bevens, Managing Director of Glamping agency Canopy & Stars, telling the publication, “People need to book very quickly if they want a holiday in the UK this summer.

“We’re seeing exceptionally high demand at the moment; since Boris Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday, bookings have trebled for July and August holidays and website demand has increased by 176 per cent.”

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However, he added, “There is still a chance to grab a break.

“Some spaces do still have limited availability and we will be adding a few more new places over the next week or so.”

Want to try and book in a staycation somewhere for once the rentals are open? If your AirBnB favourites (opens in new tab) list is all booked up, check out these rental sites to see if they have something for you…

Where to book a staycation

  • AirBnB (opens in new tab) - Everyone's favourite rental booking destination!
  • CoolStays (opens in new tab) – Amazing luxury villas dotted around the country
  • Forest Holidays (opens in new tab) – For the most enchanting forest lodges
  • HomeAway (opens in new tab) – The site for anyone who’s an AirBnB faithful
  • Rural Retreats (opens in new tab) – Sink back in the English countryside
  • Short Breaks (opens in new tab) – Make the most of the UK’s coastal destinations this summer

Better be quick if you want to get something booked in!

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.