More Brits to holiday at home after Brexit, says poll

Staycations look likely to see a Brexit boost, as a survey suggests that almost half of Britons (49%) are less likely to holiday on the Continent after the UK leaves the European Union.

And almost two thirds (65%) said they were worried that a further fall in the value of the pound would drive up prices overseas.

Six in 10 (60%) said they were concerned about not having free, emergency healthcare while abroad after Brexit in six months’ time.

Other worries include expensive mobile phone roaming charges, problems with visas and flight cancellations, according to the poll by domestic accommodation rental firm Sykes Holiday Cottages.

About 40% of the 1,000 people polled also fear travel chaos on the roads around the channel, and pet owners are worried about difficulties with pet passports (27% of respondents).

Sykes expects to see a 29% uplift in bookings for its 12,000 holiday homes across the UK this year.

Chief executive Graham Donoghue said: “This is a key time of year for families planning their next summer getaway.

“There is uncertainty amongst British holidaymakers who aren’t sure how far their spending money will stretch or what will happen with health cover, so we’re expecting many to stay closer to home.

“Local tourism is already the lifeblood of many communities across the length and breadth of the UK, and a further boost in Brits choosing to holiday at home can only be good news for the businesses and economies in our holiday hotspots.”