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Brits Flock to Seaside Towns to Beat the Heat and Airport Chaos

  • Footfall in British coastal resorts jumped 15.5% last Sunday
  • Trend for staycations continues even after height of pandemic
A crowded beach in Brighton, UK, on July 10.
A crowded beach in Brighton, UK, on July 10.

Photographer: Gareth Fuller/PA Images/Getty Images

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Britons were hoping this summer would mark the return of vacations abroad and cheap flights to continental Europe. But chaos at airports and sweltering temperatures at home mean many are choosing to simply head to seaside towns such as Blackpool and Brighton.