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COVID-19: Defiant Brits Are Still Booking European Holidays

The summer months over here in the UK always leave Brits with a strong urge to book a much-needed break either at home or abroad and this year is no different. You might think that because of the disruption caused by COVID-19, most holidaymakers would be either delaying or cancelling completely their travel plans, however we’re seeing plenty of appetite from enthusiastic travellers.

It’s true that a lot of British tourists are booking staycations, with cottage breaks, camping trips and city weekends all proving to be popular choices. This coincided with icelolly.com’s brand new UK search feature which makes it super-easy for you to find and book your next getaway on these shores. But don’t just take our word for it, try it out below!



Holidays abroad are too still a very popular choice amongst tourists. Some of the major airlines serving UK airports have reported increases in passenger numbers over recent times, including Jet2, easyJet and Ryanair following the resumption of their flight programmes mainly across Europe, whilst British Airways have also resumed flights to 14 destinations on the continent.

Countries such as Greece and Turkey have benefited greatly from a rise in tourism due to restrictions imposed on other holiday spots, with Antalya and Corfu both reaching the top of our most searched destinations in recent times, whilst Crete, Rhodes and Zante saw their share of searches rise by between 24% - 45%.


Holidays to the likes of Portugal and Spain are still available despite the government’s ruling that travellers returning from these two countries will need to isolate for 14 days upon return back to the UK, and many defiant Brits have still been getting their Portuguese and Spanish holiday fix despite the need to quarantine afterwards.

We have seen a big increase in searches for last minute departures in August on icelolly.com as wannabe tourists seek to get their summer holiday hit, whilst there has also been an uplift in interest in 2021 breaks, notably for April, May and June departures.

The ever popular Spain remains the most booked destination for next summer, despite the current government 14-day self-isolation ruling, taking just under half of all bookings for 2021 thus far, and it’s a sure bet that many Brits will head back there in their droves as soon as the quarantine rule is lifted.


So what does this tell us? Well, the results suggest consumer demand is there to enjoy holidays abroad both this year and next, with no significant signs that would be travellers are putting any of their plans on hold. If that sounds like you too, you can check out the very best package holiday offers via our dedicated deals collection and find your next break quickly and easily for less.

Are you still heading away on a European holiday this summer? Or perhaps you’ve already booked in your 2021 break? Tweet @icelollyholiday now with your travel plans – we’d love to hear all about them!