Planning for summer holidays is already in full swing, and what better way to prepare for the busy season than to check out summer travel trends for the United Kingdom. We’ve analyzed search behavior data for travelers on trivago to reveal where they’re coming from, what cities they’re going to, how long they’ll stay and how much they’ll pay this summer.
Where do visitors to the UK come from?
Summer in the UK attracts visitors from across the globe. According to our data, travelers from Germany, the US, Australia, Italy, Ireland, Spain, France, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden together account for more than two-thirds of the international search volume for UK destinations.
What are the top destinations?
London and Edinburgh are the most sought-after destinations in the UK for both groups of travelers, consistent with other seasons throughout the year. Manchester and Glasgow follow on the third and fourth place with Liverpool closing the top five.
What does the data reveal about traveler behavior in the most popular summer destinations?
The following graphic shows popular destinations for summer, based on their percentage share of all visitors to the UK, compared to other seasons. We looked deep into the search behavior data for travelers searching for these destinations on trivago to reveal the average length of stay and an average clicked price in the most popular summer destinations.
Newquay is the number one summer destination this year, followed by Skegness and Weymouth. Travelers to these top three destinations stay between four to five nights on average. If you want to target travelers who’re looking for the longest getaways, turn your attention to visitors from Italy and Spain, who search for the longest stays. On the contrary, UK residents and travelers from Ireland search for the shortest stays of two to three nights, on average.
This year, the average searched price of the top summer destinations reaches the level of £122 per night. However, rates significantly vary from city to city. While travelers pay an average of £170 for a night in Brighton, the average clicked price in the second most popular summer destination Skegness is just £84.
Spending behavior reveals that UK residents pay £140, on average, for their summer stay and visitors from Sweden and Spain are the biggest spenders, choosing prices at £169 and £154 per night on average, respectively.
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*data gathered from all trivago.com searches in the UK between 1 June 2017 – 26 April 2018, for the period of 1 June 2018 – 31 August 2018. All prices shown are the average clicked prices selected by trivago users for a standard double room.