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Staycations are summer holiday savers for families wanting value for money; Many still expect to pay [pounds sterling]300 per person for break in Britain.

Byline: Brett Gibbons

The traditional British holiday is becoming more popular as exchange rate issues see the pound plunge against the euro and dollar.

Half of people surveyed planned to take a British holiday this summer, with 42 per cent of staycations planned for the seaside -- with a quarter expected to head to the countryside, and 18 per cent on a city break.

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A poll of more than 2,000 people fromonline bank Marcus by Goldman Sachsshows that many decided on a summer staycation because of the cost of travelling overseas and it was seen as better value than going abroad.

But while holidaymakers could save on flights and international travel, 54 per cent still expected their staycation to top more than [pounds sterling]300 per person.

As such, it's the older generations that expected to fund many holidays this summer, with 21 per cent of parents picking up the bill for their 18-34-year-old children, and 16 per cent of the same age group relying on grandparents to fund their summer fun.

Top 10 reasons to choose a British holiday:

Ease of travel

To see more of the UK

Easier to plan for

Visiting friends or family

Family tradition

My main holiday will be abroad, and I am also going to be on holiday in the UK

Can't afford to travel abroad

It's better value than going abroad

Easier to travel with children

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Managing director of Marcus by Goldman Sachs, Des McDaid, said: "We've all got memories of sunny days on British beaches and it's great to see that tradition is alive and well.

"What probably has changed over the decades is the price of holidaying at home, and with the average cost per person expected to come in above [pounds sterling]300, costs quickly add up for families.

"It's possible to save money on staycations by avoiding airfares, but you should still consider wider costs such as food and drink, accommodation, and entertainment and make sure you are setting a realistic budget so you can get the best possible enjoyment from your break."


Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

People enjoy the sun at Flaghead Chine beach in Poole, Dorset, as the staycation economy has become one of the strongest in the UK

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Publication:The Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 26, 2019
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