Summer Staycation

Citydwellers book holiday homes for whole summer, as return to office looks increasingly far-off. Holiday homes have seen an unprecedented rise in customers looking for long term stays away from the city for when lockdown lifts.

Holiday home owners in the UK have been besieged by enquiries from citydwellers hoping to book for the whole summer, as returning to the office looks increasingly far-off. Britain’s cottages and holiday homes have seen an unprecedented rise in customers looking for long term stays away from the city for when lockdown lifts.

Presumably this pattern is being repeated in numerous other countries too, as the 'staycation' is the hottest (or, even, only) ticket in town. Quarantine issues when travelling abroad - and nervousness about crowded airports and airplane hygiene - are clearly at the forefront of everyone's mind.

With companies continuing to ask staff to work remotely, families are realising that they can spend their summer by the coast. Good broadband is an important ingredient, so one of the parents, at least, can continue working and then share looking after the children.

Vanessa Branson, sister of Richard Branson, who owns the private Scottish island of Eilean Shona with 10 properties for holiday rent (one of which is pictured above) has seen the length of stay from her customer enquiries increase from one week to up to three weeks “for the first time ever”.

Meanwhile, Karen Mullins, Regional Director UK and Ireland, HomeAway said: "With British employees being advised to work from home, we have noticed an increase in interest from people wanting to stay in a holiday home for a longer period of time during the summer season, than we did last year."

"Working remotely during the day and then joining the rest of the family for a dip in the pool or a long country walk straight after, seems to be an attractive alternative to the living room-desk for a variety of urban living holidaymakers and is something to look forward to when we are able to travel again." 

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