York named as top UK ‘minication’ destination

Tourists near York Minster this summer. Photograph: YorkMix
2 Sep 2020 @ 8.17 am
| Business

People in the UK have enjoyed a summer of short breaks – with York the most popular city destination.

That’s the finding of new research into the ‘minication’ boom, which describes the post-lockdown habit of taking a series of short stays to make up for a lack of a main summer holiday.

A survey found that 64% of Britons were opting for ‘minications’ in the UK, taking more frequent and shorter breaks.

Top minication locations in 2020

RankCityCoastalRural
1YorkCornwallLake District
2EdinburghDevonCotswolds
3LondonNorth WalesScottish Highlands
4BathWhitbyYorkshire Dales
5CardiffIsle of WightPeak District
6Brighton and HoveBlackpoolBrecon Beacons
7LiverpoolBournemouthDorset
8BirminghamBrightonNew Forest
9BristolWhitbyScarborough
10GlasgowNorth WalesSnowdonia

And York came out as the top minication destination for city breaks, in the research by hotel chain Travelodge.

With the average trip costing £289, the minication boom is boosting the UK economy a boost of £83 million.

In the survey over a quarter (26%) of adults in York reported that they do not feel confident taking a long holiday this year.

And nearly half (49%) said short breaks in the UK was the best holiday solution for them during the pandemic, as it gives them something to look forward to and it is safer.