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Published on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Five million Brits put overseas holidays on hold after Brexit

One in 10 Brits say their 2016 oversees holiday is on hold amid uncertainty over Brexit.

Following the result of the Referendum, 5% of the population is holding off booking a holiday at all until things calm down, while another 5% say they have changed their mind about going abroad and will take a staycation instead, according to research by VoucherCodes.co.uk.

Data from the company shows 25 million Brits will holiday in the UK this year, an increase of 2.5 million since the Brexit vote was announced on the morning of Friday June 24. A further 2.5 million who were planning to book an overseas getaway will now 'wait and see'.

VoucherCodes.co.uk says 51% of Brits will take a staycation - 4.5 million more than last year, an increase of 7%.

The average staycationer is expected to spend £686 on their home-based break, an increase of 55% on last year (£442), although 15% of those taking a holiday this year plan to spend less on their summer getaway following the Brexit result.

Photo from Visit Cornwall

For the fifth year running, Cornwall is the most popular spot for those planning a break in the UK, with 12% of holidaymakers planning a trip there this year.

London has held onto second place, with 9% planning a trip to the city this year and the Lake District remains at number three, with 8% of Brits planning to holiday there.

The Scottish Highlands has replaced the Yorkshire Dales as number four on the list. The biggest surprise is that number five on this year's list is 'stay at home' - last year it was Bournemouth.

Cost remains a big driver of the staycation decision, with 18% of those surveyed revealing they can't afford to afford to travel abroad this year.

A further 16% claim they've opted to staycation because they believe it's better value than venturing abroad.

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