‘Tis the season for it – holidaying, that is. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have jetted off for their respective family holidays in Spain; reportedly the second vacation of the summer for the Lib Dem leader. .
Across the Channel, meanwhile, Francois Hollande, the French President, has eschewed a holiday abroad in favour of a ‘staycation’, or stay-at-home-vacation in France, and has requested his ministers do the same, as a way of setting a ‘frugal’ example at a time of economic uncertainty.
In YouGov’s ShoppingLab, we invited you to tell us whether you have, or are planning to ‘staycate’ or vacate the UK for a destination abroad this year – and to muse on what informed your decision either way.
An overwhelming proportion of those who took part in the discussion said they have either already been on their ‘main’ holiday this year, or that they were still planning on going on holiday later in the year.
Of those who said they had either already taken their holiday, or were still planning on doing so, the largest proportion said they had chosen a vacation (outside the UK), as opposed to a staycation (somewhere in the UK).
France and Spain were the two most popular holiday destinations for those who either already had or well still planning on vacationing outside the UK.
- Frequently cited reasons for why participants decided to take holidays abroad included the promise of better weather outside the UK, better value for money, and because it was a nice thing to do with family and friends.
For those participants who preferred a staycation, however, Cornwall and Scotland were the favourite spots in the UK.
- Many of those in this group said a holiday within the UK appealed to them because there was less hassle and expense involved, as compared with travelling abroad.
- You also said there were lots of things to see and do in Britain.
A smaller proportion of participants said they were not taking a holiday of any kind this year, and virtually all said the decision to stay home was down to lack of adequate funds.
- This group was very economically minded in terms of participants’ views towards spending on holidays in a time of economic uncertainty.
- Asked whether they thought people should take their holidays at home or abroad, a slightly larger portion of this group said that people should ‘staycate’, while the rest said they thought people should travel abroad if they could afford it.
- Those who argued people should take staycations in the UK said there are lots of things to see in Britain, and also that it’s good to pour money back into Britain’s struggling economy.
- Those who said people should travel abroad said it’s important to experience other cultures and places.