Millions of Brits booking staycation holidays to watch World Cup 2014


Millions of Britons are eschewing their annual holiday abroad this year in favour of staycations - so they can stay at home and watch the World Cup.

A survey by luxury cottage rental firm Rural Retreats has shown that 60 per cent of Brits will holiday at home this year.

Hopes that last year's fabulous weather will be repeated, as well as easy access to watching the World Cup, have been cited as reasons why staycations are big news for 2014.

Charles Millward, chief executive of Rural Retreats, told the Daily Mail: "We've noticed an increasing trend for UK holidaymakers to plan their summer holidays around sporting events, such as Wimbledon and The Ashes.

"Domestic getaways are proving popular because they allow people to relax in luxury, scenic surroundings with the comforts they would find at home - including being able to watch all the sporting action which might not be so easily accessible when abroad."

This trend for juggling holidays around sporting events kicked off in earnest during the London Olympics 2012.

Mr Millward said the Olympics has "rekindled people's passion for the UK" and added: "With Wimbledon, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games on the horizon we're hoping the exciting summer sporting calendar will continue to convince people to opt for a getaway closer to home so they can catch all of the action while discovering the areas of outstanding beauty on their own doorstep."

The next question is: Where's the best place for a holiday at home?

In April, Tripadvisor revealed Britain's best destinations for 2014 - and London came out top.

Scotland's capital Edinburgh came in at second place, with the seaside town of Torquay in third, Liverpool in the fourth spot, and Belfast at number five.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay told the Evening Standard: "These awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by those that really matter - travellers themselves.

"There is no doubt the birth of the royal baby helped keep the eyes of the world on London in 2013, but the capital's continued appeal among travellers around the world surpasses any one event."

See the top 10 UK holiday destinations below:

Britain's best holiday destinations
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Millions of Brits booking staycation holidays to watch World Cup 2014

Birmingham is the most populous British city outside London. It is also one of the UK’s greenest cities with over 8,000 acres of parks and open space. Thanks to its innovative 18th century Industrialists building a canal network to aid trading networks, the city has more miles of canals than Venice with 56 kilometres of waterways.

Leeds is the fourth largest city in the UK with plenty of shops, cafes, museums and galleries to keep you busy during the day and a host of restaurants, bars, theatres and clubs to keep you entertained into the night. 

Llandudno in North Wales boasts beautiful blue Flag beaches, world heritage castles, excellent theatres, a fascinating conservation zoo, top-drawer golf courses, and scenic mountains and green valleys. 

Bristol is European Green Capital for 2015. It is also one of the first cycling cities in the UK.

Only a two hour train journey from London, York is renowned for its exquisite architecture, quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions. The city also has an he official sightseeing card called the ‘York Pass’ which will save you money at 30 top attractions and over 40 shops and restaurants.

Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland. It is also the smallest city ever to host the MTV EMAs and only the 4th UK city to host the MTV European Music Awards.

Liverpool, home to the Beatles, has a rich musical heritage and also has the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of the Capital.

Torquay is part of the stunning English Riviera which also includes Paignton & Brixham. With its magnificent horseshoe-shaped bay, swaying palm trees, elegant Victorian villas, pretty marina and sweeping sandy beach, it is no wonder it is a popular tourist destination.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is the world’s festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has a whole host of visitor atrractions and exhilarating outdoor pursuits. 

The UK's capital has four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace which includes Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church as well as Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. It is also home to three of the top ten museums and galleries in the world. There are more than 17,000 music performances a year across London's 300+ venues. You will never be short of things to do in the bustling city. 


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