A ‘STAYCATION’ is the prefered option this summer for two thirds of families , according to a recent Travelodge study.
This year, the number of Britons choosing to holiday at home will rise to 65 per cent, from 41 % last year.
Among the favourite destinations are London, Edinburgh and the Lake District.
The Travelodge research was based on an online poll of 3,000 people conducted by a third party company called OnePoll.
Colin King, a 55-year-old from Shawlands shopping with grandson George, has no other option but to stay at home.
He told The Extra: “Unfortunately for me, I am skint. I will be staying in sunny Shawlands this summer. I would love to get away to Arisaig — it’s one of my favourite places to visit — but money is just too tight this year.”
Anne and Frank McCarvel have bucked the trend, as the pair have just returned from Portugal.
Frank (67) told The Extra: “We needed to get away, the weather is just too depressing to stay in Scotland all year round.”
David O’Hare, a 19-year-old student from Shawlands, will not be travelling abroad this year.
He said: “As I am studying, I can only work a part time job. That just gets me by, I just can’t afford to spend any money on a holiday sadly.
“The best I can hope for is parking somewhere in Scotland.”
Ashley Leggat, a 24-year-old from Shawlands, is staying at home as well.
She told The Extra: “I went on four holidays last year — to Cyprus, Cancun, Thailand and Spain — so this year will have to be a bit quieter!
“I also have a family member who I look after, so that means I will need to stay at home for the time being.”
The report also revealed a new holiday trend for intergenerational family holidays, as 32% of Brits use the staycation as a chance for all of their family to enjoy time together.
According to the survey, a total of 42% of these staycationers are taking a week’s holiday in the UK this summer.
It also estimates 15% are indulging in a two week break on British shores and a third (33%) are splitting their holidays over three short domestic breaks so that they can visit a series of locations.