The trending destinations that Britons are searching on Tripadvisor

Where Britons most want to visit post-lockdown based on Tripadvisor searches: Portree on the Isle of Skye is the staycation No1 and Soufriere in St Lucia the top hotspot abroad

  • Tripadvisor revealed its trending destinations for Britons based on year-on-year increases in search volumes
  • It then drew up two top 10 tables – one for domestic destinations and another for international spots
  • Trending domestic places also include Newquay and Windermere while popular abroad are Tulum and Dubai  

Tripadvisor has revealed the trending destinations for Britons for post-lockdown trips – and domestically Portree on the Isle of Skye is No1 followed by Newquay in Cornwall, while top internationally is Soufriere, St Lucia, with Tulum in Mexico second.

Meanwhile, traditional big-ticket destinations Barcelona, New York, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam are the top five slowest growing destinations.

Tripadvisor drew up two top 10 tables – one for domestic destinations and another for international spots – based on year-on-year increases in search volumes.

Tripadvisor has revealed the trending destinations for Britons for post-lockdown trips – and domestically Portree, pictured, on the Isle of Skye is No1 

The fastest-growing international destination search-wise for Britons on Tripadvisor is Soufriere, pictured, on the Caribbean island of St Lucia 


The top 10 fastest-growing domestic destinations 

1. Portree, Isle of Skye

2. Newquay, Cornwall

3. Windermere, Cumbria

4. Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

5. Torquay, Devon

6. Penrith, Cumbria

7. Inverness, Scottish Highlands

8. Weymouth, Dorset

9. Scarborough, North Yorkshire

10. Eastbourne, East Sussex

 The top 10 fastest-growing international destinations  

1. Soufriere, St Lucia

2. Tulum, Mexico

3. Dubai, UAE

4. Cancun, Mexico

5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

6. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

7. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

8. Belek, Turkey

9. Hurghada, Egypt

10. Abu Dhabi, UAE

Source: Tripadvisor 

The rest of the domestic table comprises Windermere (third); Bowness-on-Windermere (fourth); Torquay (fifth); Penrith, Cumbria (sixth); Inverness (seventh); Weymouth (eighth); Scarborough (ninth) and Eastbourne (10th).

Rounding off the top 10 in the international table are Dubai (third); Cancun, Mexico (fourth); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (fifth); Playa del Carmen, Mexico (sixth); Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (seventh); Belek, Turkey (eighth); Hurghada, Egypt (ninth) and Abu Dhabi (10th).

Separately, Tripadvisor carried out a worldwide survey of 2,000 people, which found that one in five (21 per cent) Britons are planning a trip between now and May 31.  

UK Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and those in Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012) are more confident and eager to return to travel than any other generation – 54 per cent of UK Millennials and Gen Zs surveyed by Tripadvisor are planning a trip this spring, compared to 21 per cent of Britons in total.

Newquay in Cornwall, pictured, is the second-fastest-growing domestic destination in terms of Britons’ Tripadvisor searches

Windermere in Cumbria, pictured, is third on the list of the fastest-growing destinations in the UK by search volume

Of those in this age bracket, 40 per cent believe day-to-day life will return to normal within three months compared to 18 per cent in total, with 55 per cent of them also believing they will be better off financially in the next 12 months than today. This compares to 21 per cent of those in the UK across all age groups.

In addition, 39 per cent of UK Millennials and Gen Zs are optimistic the economy will rebound within three months and grow just as strong or stronger than before, compared to 17 per cent of Britons in total.

Meanwhile, almost a third (31 per cent) of Britons surveyed say that they are less likely to take a city break than before the pandemic.

The second-fastest-growing international destination for Britons by Tripadvisor search volume is Tulum in Mexico, pictured 

Dubai is the third-fastest-growing international destination for Britons, based on search volumes

But UK Gen-Z travellers are not quite so put-off by the idea of a city break. In fact, over a quarter (28 per cent) say they are now more likely to take this type of trip.

Tripadvisor also revealed that following Boris Johnson’s lockdown exit plan announcement on February 22, travellers in the UK searching holidays on its website increased by 97 per cent month-on-month, and 107 per cent month-on-month for UK staycations. This was based on hotel clicks on Tripadvisor on February 28 compared with January 31, 2021.

And while 2020 was the year of the staycation, Tripadvisor says it looks like holidaying close to home is a trend that is set to continue.  

Its site data shows that of those who are actively planning a trip, 60 per cent of Britons on Tripadvisor are searching for domestic destinations for travel between now and the end of May compared to 40 per cent searching for international locations. 

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