We do like to be beside the seaside, according to a survey of Huddersfield’s favourite holiday destinations.
The latest annual holiday index from hotel chain Travelodge, which has a hotel at Hillhouse, shows that 72% of people in Huddersfield will take a “staycation” this year – against a national average of 67% – with a holiday beside the seaside the most popular option.
Further research findings reveal that 35% of locals use their holidays as a means to explore the UK, by staying in several locations during their holiday period.
Cornwall tops the list of destinations for local holidaymakers followed by Blackpool, London, Scarborough, Devon, the Lake District, Manchester, the Yorkshire Dales, Whitby and North Wales.
Some 77% of Huddersfield people state that the UK is a perfect holiday destination while 35% report that the Britain is more beautiful than any other destination in the world.
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The survey of 3,000 Britons shows that people in Huddersfield will spend £700.66 on UK holiday breaks this year. On average this works out as a one-week holiday and four short breaks throughout 2016. Just 14% of local families are going all out and taking a “traditional” two-week holiday.
The report showed that the UK’s top “staycationers” are – for the second year running – in Wolverhampton with 88% of people there taking a Uk holiday. The other cities making up the top five are Bradford and Liverpool (both 87%), Sheffield and Edinburgh (both 86%).
More than half (58%) of Britons will holiday or take a mini break to the coast this summer, said the report. The figure for 2015 was 56%. That compares with just 31% of people visiting a coastal location in 2013.
Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “A new trend we are seeing is more Britons taking a three in one holiday. This includes taking a city, rural and coastal break as part of a one week holiday.
“You need to be clever to plan your route but it is easily achievable as Great Britain has so much to offer.
“It’s also great news that 2016 is going to be a bumper year for our traditional seaside resorts. A jaunt to the seaside is going through a revival as parents yearn for their children to enjoy a traditional British seaside holiday.”