This summer, holidaying in Britain seemed to be the obvious choice for Brits looking for a cheap and relaxing summer holiday. With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics, plus the UK's usual summer line up of music and arts festivals, Wimbledon and the BBC Proms, there seems to have been no end to the entertainment to keep off-work Brits busy.
Why, then, are so many of us booking ast minute Tenerife holidays and other spontaneous Spanish beach breaks instead of staying at home?
Wet, wet, wet
Unfortunately, Mother Nature has had plans of her own. Already, July has seen a whole month’s worth of rainfall in as little as 24 hours, and the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning following June's never-ending downpour. Last month was the wettest June since records began, with a total of 145.3mm of rain falling on British shores - that's double the average amount. It seems the poor weather has prompted an unexpected flurry of last minute holiday bookings abroad as Brits in need of a break chase a slither of sunshine and a fat slice of beach life.
Jet set, go!
Alas, the rain is showing no signs of letting up, as forecasts continue to look the wrong side of depressing for the foreseeable future. As such, tour operators have reported an increase in demand for cheap holidays, as people are encouraged by the dark skies to ditch their umbrellas and wellies for more seasonal accessories like sunnies and swimming costumes. The upshot of this is that scorching destinations such as Spain and Greece are currently enjoying a welcome increase in British tourism.
Majorca family holidays and cheap Ibiza holidays are booking up fast as sun-chasers secure their summer fix of fun in the sun. With shimmering beaches, beautifully sunny days and temperatures soaring into the mid-twenties throughout July and August, Spain is a particularly pleasant destination for any disgruntled Brit. Cheap holidays to Gran Canaria are ideal for beach babes looking to top up their tan, with temperatures averaging around 24°C throughout the summer months and water temperatures sizzling at a remarkable 22°C.
If you're stuck at home this summer, don't be afraid to take the plunge and book yourself an affordable holiday away. Whether it's with the kids, the spouse or just a few mates, anything is better than having to sit through yet another tropical storm on these shores.