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Research by Saga Travel has revealed that 36 per cent of frustrated Britons have been unable to book a holiday in the UK this summer – and, after on average five hours of fruitless searching, that three in 10 (31 per cent) have now given up all hope of finding one.

Now, faced with a summer at home, 27 per cent of the people polled said they wished they had booked a UK break in advance, but said that uncertainty over Covid restrictions had made them wait.

For the Brits who were lucky enough to have been on a staycation this year, the study found that 14 per cent say the beaches they visited were heaving, 12 percent were unable to book tables in restaurants and pubs while on holiday, and one in 10 said the accommodation they’d stayed in had been under par. While almost a fifth (17 per cent) had ended up being stuck in hellish traffic jams on the way to and from their staycation.

Nick Stace, CEO of Saga Travel, said:

It’s been a confusing time for people wanting to get away this August and our research has certainly found that people feel they’ve missed out on their summer holidays.

In an effort to help get as many people away as possible, we’ve introduced a range of round-Britain ‘seacation’ cruises this month that will take in some beautiful parts of the UK including the West Coast and Wales, Cornwall and the Dorset Coast and the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

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