HomeToGo, the marketplace with the world's largest selection of holiday rentals, has released its 2022 summer travel forecast for the UK, using new insight to reveal how British holidaymakers plan to travel in the upcoming high season.

In 2022 so far and on a global scale, HomeToGo has recorded an overall +60% uplift in searches for summer holiday accommodation, and a ~+9% observed increase in the average length of stay. In addition, more than half (52%) of all searches for summer holiday rentals this year so far via hometogo.co.uk have been for stays in international destinations, up from 26% in 2021*.

Dr. Patrick Andrae, Co-founder & CEO at HomeToGo, comments: “Over the past two years while restrictions due to COVID-19 have been in place, we’ve seen the demand for travel during the high seasons manifest as surges in domestic tourism, with holidaymakers seeking out rentals in rural destinations for summer stays. Now, as international trips and city breaks regain momentum, holiday rentals remain a top choice of accommodation for many travellers, seamlessly suited to workations and getaways with friends and family - two types of trips we expect to see define the 2022 peak season.”

Holidays Abroad

In a recent HomeToGo global consumer survey, more than a third (34%) of British participants selected good weather as the most influential factor in their choice of destination. Search trends further show that travellers from the UK will be jetting off to visit warmer, sunnier shores this summer, with searches for holiday accommodation in locations such as Málaga, the South of France and the Algarve seeing year-on-year uplifts of +468%, +248% and +207% respectively.

City breaks are also set to return, with sun-kissed urban hubs across Europe seeing compelling increases in searches for summer holiday accommodation - including Porto in Portugal (+548%), Budapest in Hungary (+444%) and Murcia in Spain (+238%). Elsewhere, long-haul destinations such as Canada's Toronto, Indonesia's Bali and Mexico's Cancún are being added to high season travel itineraries, registering search increases of +385%, +227% and +66% respectively.

Top 10 Trending for Summer 2022: International Destinations

1. Porto, Portugal (+548% YoY search increase)
2. San Sebastián, Spain (+516%)
3. Lake Como, Italy (+495%)
4. Málaga, Spain (+468%)
5. Istanbul, Turkey (+462%)

6. Budapest, Hungary (+444%)
7. Provence, France (+394%)
8. Toronto, Canada (+385%)
9. Lisbon, Portugal (+380%)
10. Vancouver, Canada (+362%)