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 will be desperate to book in any staycation that’s possible.

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

Whether it’s a hotel, holiday rental, campsite or caravan park, 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 holidaycottages.co.uk, 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 list is all booked up, check out these rental sites to see if they have something for you…

Where to book a staycation

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

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

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).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

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