For many of us, we’ve had to trade in our overseas vacation for a staycation this year. While we may be led to believe that staying in the country is less stressful and a much more affordable alternative to a trip abroad, one man discovered the ‘staycation inflation’ in all its glory.
Paul Nickerson, a father of three from East Yorkshire, wanted to take his family on a summer holiday to Cornwall. He stumbled across a modern three-bedroom home on the holiday rentals community app, Vrbo, in the heart of the Cornish hotspot, St Ives.
He was left speechless when he discovered the stay would have cost him double the UK’s avereage annual salary. To stay at the St Ives house for the week of August 14, it would have been an extortionate £71,627 ($99,214) – an extortionate £10,232 ($14,172) a night!
Councillor Paul took to Twitter to address the ludicrous UK staycation prices.
He said: “It’s a supply and demand issue and they’re exploiting it.
“A lot of people in the UK need and want a holiday, but many will not be able to afford them.”
“I don’t know anyone who can afford £71,000 for a week’s holiday”, he added.
One user responded sarcastically suggested trying Norfolk instead. In the image, the user was quoted an unbelievable £107,000 for seven nights.
The Vrbo advertisement has since been removed. Paul pointed out that, while the Cornish pad was an extreme example, private owners should consider somewhat realistic prices that would encourage UK holiday-goers to return year after year.
EuroJournal has contacted Vrbo for comment.