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Huge Rise in Demand for Seaside Holidays Since the End of Lockdown


A leading UK travel website has witnessed a massive increase in demand for seaside holiday accommodation, following the relaxation of Covid-19 social distancing measures in early July.

Cornwall based holiday company Simply Sea Views has seen its website traffic more than double, as more people than ever search for coastal properties for a post-lockdown holiday.

The hike in demand began on 19th June when the Government announced that UK residents could travel internally again from early July. Since then, website visitor numbers have soared and bookings have increased substantially.

Visits to simplyseaviews.co.uk increased by 153% from an average of 4,500 users per day in the week before the announcement to 11,400 users per day in the week leading up to 19th July.

Website traffic peaked at 13,975 unique users on 19th July, which made it the busiest day in the company’s history.

Business founder and owner Josh Williams commented: “For the past month, we’ve been inundated with enquiries from people looking for holiday accommodation on the coast. It has been our busiest period since we launched the website five years ago.”

Analysis of search terms used to access the website revealed that a majority of visits were from people looking for beach holidays, coastal cottages and properties with sea views.

Josh Williams continued: “It seems that people were desperate to escape to the seaside for a holiday as soon as restrictions eased. It’s always a busy time of year, but levels of demand have been exceptional this season.

“We expected staycations to be very popular this year, as people are reluctant to travel abroad, but we’ve been blown away by the huge spike in interest for holidays by the sea.”

Simply Sea Views promotes holiday cottages, houses and apartments in coastal destinations throughout the UK and Ireland. All 3,640 properties have partial or full sea views, and many are located at or very close to a beach.

Josh Williams added: “We’re in the unique situation where demand is outstripping the supply of holiday homes and we have very limited availability left for this summer. We’re suggesting people visit in the autumn instead when things are quieter. We’re hoping this will help to extend the season and bring much needed custom for coastal tourism businesses.”

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Are chocolates and diamonds really the most sought-after Valentine’s Day gifts?

Not so, according to a new report from Vacasa , North Americas largest vacation rental manager.  According to the Vacasa Valentines Day Report nationwide study of the Valentines Day gift and travel habits of more than 1,500 U.S. adults25% of Americans prefer a romantic weekend getaway over chocolates, diamonds, or flowers this Feb. 14.

Key insights from the report include:

1. BABY BOOMERS WANT UNIQUE EXPERIENCES TOO

While 83% of Millennials say they value unique experiences over material gifts which confirms well-documented generational characteristics the study surprisingly found that Generation X (77%) and Baby Boomers (71%) also prefer quality time together over material expressions of affection.

2. AMERICANS WANT A ROMANTIC VACATION RENTAL OVER A HO-HUM HOTEL

55% of Americans would rather stay at a unique vacation rental for their Valentines Day getaway over a one-size-fits-all hotel. When asked why 64% of respondents said they want to enjoy the comforts of home even while away.

3. GOING PHONE-FREE IS A GENERATIONAL THING

54% of Millennials said that they would either put the phone down completely or use it rarely when on a Valentines Day vacation. 29% of Baby Boomers wish their significant other would spend less time on the phone while on a Valentines Day vacation.

4. WARM BEATS COLD FOR V-DAY DESTINATIONS

Valentines Day vacationers prefer the warmer West Coast (44%) and Gulf Coast (44%) Coasts over the East Coast (12%).  Honolulu, Hawaii, tops the list as #1 most desired Valentines Day destination.

For the full Vacasa Valentines Day Report, please visit: https://www.vacasa.com/insights/valentines-day-travel-report

How long does it take you to find the lost engagement ring & other hidden items in this new Valentine’s brainteaser

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to make plans for the most loved-up day of the year. Whether it’s with an intimate meal for two, a box of fancy chocolates, a bouquet of roses or a romantic getaway, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your other half just how much they mean to you. To celebrate this most romantic of days, holidaycottages.co.uk has created a fun brain teaser to get everyone in the mood for love.

Sam and Sophie have gone on a trip to the countryside to stay in an idyllic cottage. Little does Sophie know that Sam plans on popping the question over dinner. However, disaster strikes when he realises that he’s misplaced the ring. Can you help him to find it before the surprise is ruined? Hidden in the cosy cottage scene you’ll also find a single rose, a box of chocolates, Valentine’s card and a gift box.

It’s taking users an average of 3 minutes and 54 seconds to find all of the hidden objects. How long will it take you? Holidaycottages.co.uk’s Marketing Manager, Jo Price says: “Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to whisk your loved one away for a weekend break, whether or not a proposal is on the cards!” The puzzle is trickier than it appears and it requires close inspection to find each of the items that are hidden. Challenge yourself as well as friends and family, to find everything in record-breaking time.

About holidaycottages.co.uk

An award-winning national business, holidaycottages.co.uk specialises in letting holiday properties across the UK. With over 5,000 properties in the collection with everything from cosy barn conversions on working farms, to grand mansions sleeping large numbers of guests.

Image credit: https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/

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