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Airbnb unveils trending British seaside destinations in 2021

UK: Airbnb has revealed the top ten trending British seaside destinations in the UK, as schools begin to break up for the summer.

Sandgate in Kent and Ingoldmells in Lincolnshire topped the list after seeing the biggest rise in Brits searching for homes on the platform, whether it is families, friends or solo travellers.

British holidaymakers are likely to opt for trips closer to home once again this summer, and staycations in seaside destinations will be some of the most preferred holiday choices, particularly for those living in cities eager to experience as stress-free a stay as possible in a short-term rental.

Airbnb’s top ten trending UK seaside destinations for summer 2021 are:

  • Sandgate, Kent
  • Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire
  • Sandilands, Lincolnshire
  • Seaburn, County Durham
  • Portishead, Somerset
  • Watchet, Somerset
  • Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire
  • Hornsea, East Yorkshire
  • Cleveleys, Lancashire
  • Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

According to Airbnb’s data, Brits are embracing domestic holidays again in 2021, with nearby travel making up 82 per cent of nights booked in the UK in 2021 on current projections.

Sue Fraser, an Airbnb Super Host from Hornsea, said: “Hornsea is a lovely, friendly town that makes its visitors welcome. Through hosting on Airbnb, I’ve met people from all over the UK, and from many other countries too, with all of them leaving a favourable impression. It’s a hidden gem on the coast: not a resort, but a town that happens to be beside the sea.”

Amanda Cupples, general manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “There’s nothing quite like the smell of fish and chips and the sound of seagulls to transport you straight into holiday mode, and this past year has seen a real resurgence of the great British seaside holiday. And it’s not just the familiar summer stalwarts that are feeling the love; this hotlist shows that Brits are exploring lesser-known destinations and favouring well-loved gems as a means of escape this summer.

“We encourage anyone who is thinking about hosting to try it and take advantage of the upcoming travel surge – it not only boosts earnings but also helps towards reigniting local economies. If you can’t beach ‘em, join ‘em,” she added.

Airbnb collected the data for YO2Y growth for searches made by UK users between 1 May and 23 June this year for stays between July and September 2021.

At the start of the year, Airbnb released its top trending destinations for 2021 in terms of trip searches that are high on the wish list of many travellers around the world.