Cornwall and Devon top list of desired locations for autumn break

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It comes after research of 2,000 holidaymakers found more than two-thirds (68 percent) have either booked, or are considering, a getaway in September, October, or November.

The main reasons for this include being able to enjoy the summertime at home, autumnal breaks being quieter, cheaper deals, and wanting to have something to look forward to after a summer in the UK.

It also emerged the most desired locations for an autumn break include Cornwall, Devon, and Cumbria within the UK – and Florida, Rome, and New York, further afield.

The Scottish Highlands and North Yorkshire also featured in the top 10, thanks to the cosy autumnal walks.

They were followed by the Balearic Islands for those who want to make the most of the last of the summer sun, and Paris for more of a romantic getaway.

Other top UK searches for October half term 2022 include Cumbria, Norfolk, Dorset, and Pembrokeshire.

The survey was commissioned by family holiday rentals firm Vrbo, whose search data also found Cornwall, Devon, North Yorkshire, and the Balearic Islands are some of the most searched destinations for half-term holidays.

Karen Mullins, from the brand, said: “Autumn is a great time to go on holiday as you miss the summer rush and travel is cheaper.

“Our search data has found an uptick of people wanting sunny foreign holidays after the weather has turned in the UK.

“Perhaps it’s because last year travel restrictions made it hard to holiday abroad, so people now want to make up for lost time.

“We are seeing more of a balance between domestic and international destinations, as searches for classic great British holiday destinations remain strong, and we can see an increase of interest on foreign trips compared to last year.”

The survey went on to find the perfect length of an autumn break is five days, and holidaymakers will cram the same number of activities into their time away.

Spending time with loved ones, enjoying the last of the sun, and escaping from bad weather are the top things those polled would do on an autumn break.

Relaxing on the beach, enjoying local food, and going on autumnal walks and hikes also appeared on the list.

And while accommodation is the biggest consideration for booking a holiday, this was closely followed by the weather and the cost.

Nice views, a well-connected area and a swimming pool are among other top things holidaymakers look for in an autumn getaway.

The research also found nearly one in five (18 percent) of those polled, via OnePoll, would love a European city trip to soak up the culture.

But just under half (45 percent) would stay in the UK – with 23 percent opting for the countryside, while 21 percent would head to the seaside.

Furthermore, in today’s cost of living crisis, 37 percent are now booking a staycation instead of travelling abroad.


  1. Cornwall, UK
  2. Devon, UK
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Cumbria, UK
  5. Florida, USA
  6. New York, USA
  7. Scottish Highlands, UK
  8. North Yorkshire, UK
  9. Balearic Islands, Spain
  10. Paris, France
  11. Barcelona, Spain
  12. Seville, Spain
  13. Norfolk, UK
  14. Lisbon, Portugal
  15. Split, Croatia
  16. Dorset, UK
  17. Tuscany, Italy
  18. Reykjavik, Iceland
  19. Faro, Portugal
  20. Ontario, Canada

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