Lonely Planet Awards find holidaymakers let down by British hotels and trains
Thursday 19, August 2010
What British travellers really want from their holiday in the UK is better value accommodation. This is one of the findings of Lonely Planet’s first ever awards which have been created to discover the great British public’s top trip experiences, along with a few of the things that get under their skin.
When asked what would improve their holiday, the impact on their wallets seemed to be at the forefront of staycationers’ minds, with voters citing ‘cheaper train travel’ in second place, behind ‘better value accommodation’.
On the plus side, walking on Scotland’s wild beaches came top as the most under-rated British day out, pipping exploring the country’s cities, and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, to the post. Lonely Planet’s Travel Editor Tom Hall said, “Days out in Britain don’t have to be traditional seaside jaunts or tours of stately homes. Brits are fast discovering some of the country’s lesser-known attractions and Scotland’s stunning beaches are, quite rightly, recognised as one of the best.”
The Lonely Planet Awards unearthed the experiences which make a trip truly unique, from food and culture, to journeys and activities. Each question in the survey came with a shortlist drawn up by a panel of Lonely Planet experts including Co-founder Tony Wheeler, Travel Editor Tom Hall and Lonely Planet Magazine Editor Peter Grunert.
The Lonely Planet Awards also found:
Tom Hall said, “The results of the Lonely Planet Awards include some surprising winners, such as the Mayan temples at Tikal. The success of these lesser known attractions really highlights how worthwhile it is to venture away from some of the world’s best known places and sights and discover what else the world has to offer.”
Over 3500 people voted in the Lonely Planet Awards, created in association with adventure specialist Explore. An overview of the categories and the results will be highlighted online at lonelyplanet.com/awards from 19th August, with full rundown of the results in the September issue of the Lonely Planet Magazine out 19 August.
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