Millennials have been converted to staycations for the long-term, says research

This year, numerous travel restrictions have meant that we’ve seen a revival of the UK staycation.

Our Instagram feeds have been filled with people enjoying breezy days out along the Cornish coast or woodland walks in the Cotswolds.

Even when trips abroad were permitted this summer, it seems many people were opting for the British countryside over international breaks.

And a recent YouGov poll has shed light on this change in attitude towards travelling. It showed that a quarter of people in the UK (24%) said they’re planning to take staycations in the future instead of travelling internationally.

But among millennials (people aged between 25 and 34) this number is even higher – with 48% saying that they intend to take staycations in future.

The research also delved into wider holiday habits and found that 20% of participants said they’re rethinking their use of air travel.

What’s more, while 57% of participants said they took at least one overseas trip a year (pre-coronavirus), just 40% said they still intend to take at least one overseas trip in 2021.

The research was carried out by YouGov for rail operator LNER and its managing director, David Horne, commented: ‘Lockdown made many people stop and think about the world we live in, and how we can protect our planet – it’s so encouraging to see younger generations leading the way here, swapping overseas jaunts for staycations in the wake of Covid.’

Of course, staycations are out of the picture for the next month or so with the second lockdown coming into place on Thursday.

But those looking further ahead will find plenty of inspiration, such as these eco-friendly staycation destinations.

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