Prices of UK breaks have risen by as much as 140% as more of us look to holiday at home this summer.
A snapshot investigation by Which? found that costs are up by an average of more than a third year-on-year.
Its researchers found the biggest increase was for a one-bed maisonette in Brighton, which had rocketed from £53 a night to £127 – an increase of 140%.
Which? looked at the price of 15 holiday lets in the top 10 most popular seaside locations and found that every one had pushed their prices up since last summer.
It examined the cost of 15 Airbnb and Vrbo listings in May and June 2020 for stays in July and August last year, then compared the cost of listings in February for similar dates this coming July and August.
It found that the average price increase in the 15 destinations, which included St Ives, Whitby and Llandudno, was 35%.
Which? also found a 70% rise for a one-bed property in the centre of Eastbourne on Airbnb. Last year, seven nights in the first week of August cost £409 but this year the same week costs £696.
A week in St Ives in August was up almost 50% from £860 in 2020 to an eye-watering £1,263.
Make sure you choose a provider that offers FAIR AND FLEXIBLE booking terms so you won’t be left chasing a REFUND if something goes wrong – Which? Travel Editor Rory Boland
On Vrbo, a one-bedroom property in Bournemouth rose from £722 for the first week of August last year to £958 this year – an increase of 33%.
Other price rises were more modest. A one-bedroom cottage on Airbnb in Scarborough was up 7%, while a one-bedroom property on Vrbo in Swanage with views over the Purbeck Hills is just 2% more expensive this year.
Leisure travel in the UK is still banned, but stays in self-catering holiday accommodation will be allowed from 12 April.
Should you book a UK holiday now?
It’s only natural that many people will decide to forgo their annual holiday abroad this year and stay in the UK instead.
There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about if and when we’ll be allowed to travel overseas, which is making people nervous about booking a foreign holiday.
Even if we can go abroad, we might have to be tested both before and after our holiday, which is both unpleasant, a bit of a hassle, and very expensive.
There is also the risk that we might have to pay to quarantine in a hotel when we come home if our destination is suddenly added to the Government’s ‘red list’.
All this makes holidays at home seem much more appealing this year, but booking UK accommodation is still risky. For instance, further national or local travel restrictions could be introduced, or you might be told by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate, preventing you from going on holiday.
If you do book now, make sure your accommodation or travel company offers a flexible cancellation policy so you’ll be offered a refund or at least the option to rebook if you can’t travel.