The British summer holiday experienced a considerably chaotic start as canceled flights in airports and miles of queues at ferry ports pile up.
The disruption led to a beneficial side effect for the country’s leisure vehicle industry, with one leading motorhome rental company reporting a massive increase in last-minute bookings this summer as holidaymakers search for other options, according to a report.
Motorhome Holidays Company Owner Matt Sims believes the spike in demand his business experienced is directly related to the problems in flights and ferries.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen such an influx in last-minute bookings, and many customers say they have been put off by the uncertainty at airports and gridlock at Dover. They want to enjoy a stress-free holiday, with control over how and when they travel, and this is an appealing choice,” said Sims.
Last summer, Motorhome Holidays experienced a fully booked summer with British holidaymakers enjoying reliability and safety in motorhome staycations due to COVID-related restrictions around air travel.
Most people last summer booked over a month in advance. However, Matt has seen many customers booking holidays just a few days in advance this summer.
“We planned to go abroad, but the flights were extortionate – particularly during the school holidays – and we’d seen flights canceled or delayed, with people stranded in airports,” said Sophie Slavin, a Motorhome Holidays customer.
“It didn’t look like an appealing or affordable option. We wanted to get away as a family and decided to try the motorhome option, which worked out at around a fifth of the cost.
She said they loved having the freedom to go wherever they wanted, picking a random spot on the UK map and then going to Pembrokeshire for a family adventure.
While Matt has welcomed this boom for his business, he has urged people to try and book in advance, if possible, to guarantee availability for their chosen dates.
“We’ve been able to accommodate the late bookings so far – but early booking ensures you avoid possible disappointment,” said Sims.
This article originally appeared on Camping Trade World.