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Cost and chaos: what’s driving Britons to holiday at home

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Chaotic scenes at airports have become routine during school holidays due to staff shortages and pent-up demand after the pandemic.While some have plans to go abroad this summer, many are staying within the UK, continuing a trend that has seen holidaymakers flock to destinations in Cornwall, North Wales and Cumbria, among others.Four people share their plans for a holiday in the UK, looking at how rising costs are hitting domestic getaways as well as trips abroad.After an “absolutely brilliant” family holiday in Devon last August, London-based bookseller Ian Torrens booked the same cottage again this year – only to find the price had shot up by 60% for the same week in August. “I didn’t really notice the price because I was only paying a £25 deposit at that point.

It was only after I booked, that the price sunk in. I did it without much thought, as I presumed it would be similar to last year,” Torrens, 57, says, explaining that he initially thought it must be a mistake, and emailed the company to confirm.Although they used to enjoy driving across the Channel to France, Torrens hasn’t been on a family trip abroad since the pandemic.

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