04th January 2021

2021 staycation trends: Top and fastest growing destinations

  • West Sussex crowned as top UK staycation destination with 87% increase in bookings
  • ‘The year of the staycation’ sees bookings increased by a third compared to 2019
  • Experts provide 2021 travel inspo 

With holidays abroad largely being put on the backburner for 2020,  it’s no surprise that it’s been coined ‘The Year of the Staycation’* as millions of Brits decided to holiday closer to home. As the year comes to a close, the last-minute UK accommodation site, Snaptrip, reports a 33% increase in bookings compared to last year - despite restrictions. 

The 2020 trends data also ranks the most popular staycation spots of the year and reveals the increase of bookings compared to last year. So, if you’re looking for some 2021 holiday inspo within the UK, look no further: 

Top UK destinations in 2020 

1.West Sussex - 87% increase
2. Cambridgeshire - 61% increase
3. Lancashire - 60% increase
4. Kent - 59% increase
5. Cheshire - 58% increase

West Sussex took the top spot as the most popular staycation destination in the UK this year with a huge 87% rise in bookings compared to 2019. 

Matt Fox, CEO at Snaptrip, comments: “This year, many of us have explored parts of the UK we’ve never been to before which is actually a huge positive, as there are so many wonderful places to visit. 

“It’s no surprise that West Sussex has come out on top this year with its beautiful coastline and acres of woodland to explore; it's a great staycation spot.”


The holiday hot spot certainly has its fair share of quirky, unusual properties too, like this cottage disguised as a series of beach huts…


...2021 Staycation inspo 

Beach Hut House, West Sussex 

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Yes you read that right, disguised as a series of charming beach huts, this property sits on a private farm with access to an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Located in the village of Oving with easy access to Goodwood and the South Downs, this seaside themed holiday home is the perfect choice for the staycation of dreams!

Other top spots in the UK include...

Top counties visited by Brits in 2020 

1. North Yorkshire - 20% increase
Top spot: Whitby

2. Devon - 36% increase
Top spot: Bideford

3. Cornwall - 43% increase
Top spot: Newquay

4. Cumbria - 42% increase
Top spot: Windermere

5. Norfolk - 38% increase
Top spot: Cromer

...2021 staycation inspo 

Preacher’s Rest, Whitby

For a truly unique holiday experience look no further than Preacher’s Rest in Grosmont, just seven miles inland from Whitby in the heart of the North Yorkshire moors. The Wesleyan chapel has been converted into a beautiful three bedroom loft with original features of the chapel on display.

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The village of Grosmont is also a notable stopping point on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where you can take a trip on a heritage steam train for a picturesque ride into the seaside town of Whitby.

Top Scottish hotspots in 2020 

1. Moray - 156% increase
2. North Ayrshire - 149% increase
3. East Lothian - 140% increase
4. Scottish Borders - 120% increase
5. South Ayrshire - 109% increase

...2021 staycation inspo 

Highland Yurt, Moray

Looking for a romantic escape to the wilderness? Well this Highland Yurt in Moray certainly fits the bill. The Yurt serves as the perfect base for a trip to the Malt Whiskey Trail or Cairngorm Mountain, less than an hour's drive away.

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Decorated with an oriental style in mind, the Yurt comes complete with fabulous finishing touches, ideal for relaxing as you holiday beside nature.    

Top Welsh hotspots in 2020 

1. Mid Glamorgan - 11% increase
2. Powys - 40% increase
3. Gwent - 37% increase
4. Dyfed - 36% increase
5. Gwynedd - 11% increase

...2021 staycation inspo 

Ariel Lighthouse Cottage, Mid Glamorgan

The suitably named Ariel Cottage sits beneath Nash Point Lighthouse in Marcross, Mid Glamorgan and overlooks the rugged coastline. To match the beautiful location, the cottage comes decorated with touches of the seaside.

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There are several beaches nearby for you to explore too, including Ogmore-by-Sea, Barry Island (Gavin and Stacey fans watch out for Stacey, Gwen, Uncle Brynn or Nessa) and Southerdown, why not bring a four legged friend too?    

It’s clear that the love for holidaying on UK soil has only continued to grow throughout 2020, and for many holiday goers, there’s plenty more hidden gems yet to be discovered. To find properties in some of the UK’s most popular hotspots, visit: 


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