Short breaks and long weekends becoming more popular

Frequent long weekends and short breaks are gaining more popularity compared with traditional holidays, according to new research.

The study, of 1,000 holidaymakers from travel specialist Holiday Extras, confirmed that long weekend breaks are back with more people scrambling to secure a trip away following the easing of UK travel restrictions.

After just three weeks since the announcement, Holiday Extras can confirm that 1–6-day holiday bookings are up by a fifth (19 per cent), as holidaymakers regain the confidence to travel for shorter time periods.

However, those booking two-week breaks has dropped by a quarter (24 per cent) and demand for three-week holidays has plummeted by 18 per cent since the government announcement.

Seamus McCauley at Holiday Extras, said: “This summer and last were the summers of beach holidays. UK holidaymakers had to take tests to leave, tests to come back, and a lot of the time only the beach resorts were really welcoming tourists.

“Now that almost everywhere is open to vaccinated visitors and travel tests have been dramatically simplified, people are booking shorter overseas trips.

“Holidays are easy again and city breaks are easy too – just in time for autumn and the upcoming Christmas market season.”

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