Travel search site Momondo revealed recently that domestic destinations account for 10% of all searches when Britons are thinking of getting away for a break. And the site’s top seven trending UK and Ireland choices make for interesting reading – as you’ll guess they include some of the British Isles’ top beauty spots!
Last year, the fastest trending seven destinations searched for on the website were:
1. Kent in England – searches were up by 602%
2. Waterford, Ireland – up 629%
3. Dundee, Scotland, up 368%
4. Cambridge, England (which is becoming a more and more popular destination overall, due to its proximity to London by fast trains) up 288%
5. Bournemouth, England – a popular timeshare beach destinations was up by 200%
6. Guernsey in the beautiful Channel Islands, one of the prettiest destinations close to home, showed a rise of 149% in website searches
7. Kerry in Ireland was up 89%, proving again that Ireland has a place in most people’s hearts (it’s especially popular with American timeshare owners who often head to Ireland for a golf break and combine it with a trip to London.
The results are interesting because they suggest that cultural breaks are getting more popular, something that other surveys are showing at the moment. Lasse Skole Hansen at Momondo added that the interest in cultural mini-holidays is probably “due to a rise in interest for specific domestic destinations known for historical tourism.”
“For example, Kent, hub for the city Canterbury, was once itself a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and Dundee in Scotland is home to the 15thC Broughty Castle. Plus Cambridge is home to arguably the world’s best university. It seems many Britons do still like a view though, as scenic destinations Co. Kerry and Guernsey, which both boast striking coastal terrain, are also trending destinations.”