Brits to ditch holidays abroad for the UK this summer

MILLIONS of adults will put their summer vacation plans on hold as the cost of living takes its toll.

A survey of 2,000 holidaymakers found that 36 percent would rather stay at home than fly abroad this year.

Brits are forgoing bank holidays abroad this summer


Brits are forgoing bank holidays abroad this summerPhoto credit: SWNS

However, 68 percent of respondents believe it is possible to get the “vacation feeling” without traveling abroad.

Exactly one in ten intends to do so by revamping their home along the lines of previous trips – and they reckon they will spend an average of £349 to do so.

A quarter of all respondents have tried this – with the Mediterranean style being the most popular, just ahead of the Scandinavian.

Deborah Dolce of home goods retailer Homesense, who commissioned the study, said, “The study confirms that customers are genuinely looking for this new Med aesthetic.”

“Imagine the maximalist style of White Lotus in Sicily – and we absolutely saw that in sales at our Homesense stores across the UK this spring.”

“The kind of things that are flying out of the stores are all the colorful decorative items from Italy and Portugal, high-thread-count luxury hotel linens, statement rugs, terracotta panels for outdoor entertainment, and high-quality Mediterranean ceramics.”

The study also found that adding fairy lights to the garden is a way for many respondents to add a festive touch to their homes.

Also popular options include swapping out dinnerware sets for restaurant-style sets, investing in patio furniture, and getting a paddling pool.

So is buying sunbeds for the garden, imitating meals eaten abroad, and listening to music from specific countries or regions.

According to a study we conducted, making cocktails from around the world is also a popular way to recreate that holiday feeling at home OnePoll.

Starting at 9am on Saturday (June 10), gold tickets will be hidden in Homesense stores – and anyone who finds one wins a prize.

There are five Mediterranean-inspired home makeovers to be won with a top-notch interior designer and 500 £5 gift cards.

Many choose to make their home their own holiday paradise rather than making the journey to the airport


Many choose to make their home their own holiday paradise rather than making the journey to the airportPhoto credit: SWNS

Top 20 ways adults turn their home into a vacation spot:

1. Repeat the meals you ate abroad

2. Put up fairy lights in the garden

3. Organize “theme evenings”, e.g. e.g. Mexican, French etc.

4. Get some nice cups/plates, similar to restaurants

5. Buying new sheets to make it feel like a hotel

6. Listen to the music of another culture

7. Invest in patio furniture

8. Get a grill

9. Set up a large paddling pool

10. Open all windows to let in sunshine/fresh air

11. Prepare cocktails from all over the world

12. Buying sun loungers for the garden/terrace

13. Renovation of the lighting in the garden

14. Purchase of some exotic indoor/garden plants

15. Only wear your holiday wardrobe at home

16. Attach a hammock to your tree for relaxing

17. Buying mezze tableware for indoor and outdoor use

18. Serves special “Sundowner” cocktails at 7pm

19. Laying a colorful rug on the patio or patio

20. Modernize the lighting in the garden to give it a more sophisticated beach club vibe

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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