Being trapped on the Central Line in this heatwave is everyones idea of hell, so naturally, when it comes to the weekend, were all thinking about how best to escape and enjoy a refreshing swim and an ice cream somewhere less…furnace-y.
But where are the most popular spots to head to when the country is burning down? New research by Trainline shows that this summer, Brits are heading to the traditional British coastal towns of Southend-on-Sea, Margate, St Ives, and Scarborough.
Unsurprisingly as its one of the closest to London, city workers like to rush to Southend-on-Sea in Essex, which has seen the biggest growth for July and August with an increase of 210% versus the same time in 2016.
More surprisingly, the most popular destinations arent actually at the seaside – big cities like Birmingham, Manchester, Wigan and Scunthorpe are seeing an increase in tourism too. Additionally, New Forest in Hampshire has seen a 91% boost.
The data science director at Trainline, Fergus Weldon, said: Its great to see that Brits are falling back in love with the great British coast and are going back to places visited as a child for their UK trips and travel this year.
If youre looking for a more quiet trip, maybe try heading to somewhere…not on the list below.
The top 10 UK day trip destinations in summer 2018, according to Trainline:
1. Southend on Sea
7. New Forest
9. Cornwall (St Ives)