WHERE are you spending your summer holidays?

That's a decision many families will be making but, no doubt, with the potential impact of Brexit very much in mind.

Uncertainty over currency is one issue, then there is the passport situation to consider.

According to the Government website, gov.uk, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal on March 29 2019.

After that date you should have at least six months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to nine extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey but don't apply when travelling to Ireland.

So, bearing all this in mind, is it prompting people to holiday at home?

Research carried out in December by Sykes Holiday Cottages, the independent holiday cottage rental agency, via One Poll found a quarter of the 2,000 Brits polled say that Brexit has encouraged them to holiday in the UK in 2019.

  • Almost half of Brits (49 per cent) say they're less likely to holiday in Europe after the March Brexit deadline than they were a year ago.
  • The survey also found it isn't just Brexit which is having an impact - more than one in 10 say they plan to holiday in the UK in 2019 because of the reports of warmer weather this summer following last year's heatwave.
  • Rising prices, emergency healthcare, mobile phone roaming charges, problems with visas and flight cancellations also top travellers' concerns.
  • Nearly two thirds (65 per cent) said they were worried that a further fall in the value of the pound would drive up prices overseas, while six in 10 (60 per cent) said they were concerned about not having free, emergency healthcare while abroad.
  • Almost half of Brits (49 per cent) say they're less likely to holiday in Europe after the March Brexit deadline than they were a year ago.
  • Four in ten of those polled also fear travel chaos on the roads around the channel, and more than 14 million pet owners are worried about difficulties with pet passports (27 per cent of respondents).

In 2018, Sykes saw a 20 per cent uplift in bookings to its 13,500 holiday homes across the UK.

Sykes Holiday Cottages CEO, Graham Donoghue, said: “This is a key time of year for families planning their next summer getaway.

“There is uncertainty amongst British holidaymakers who aren’t sure how far their spending money will stretch or what will happen with health cover, so we’re expecting many to stay closer to home.

“Local tourism is already the lifeblood of many communities across the length and breadth of the UK, and a further boost in Brits choosing to holiday at home can only be good news for the businesses and economies in our holiday hotspots.”

One of the big draws for holidaying abroad has always been the weather, but last year saw Britain basking in temperatures hotter than the Mediterranean prompting many to holiday at home - and it seems the trend could be continuing particularly with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Kirsty Jones, marketing manager for Ingrid Flute's Yorkshire Holiday Cottages, says: "I do think that Brexit is influencing more people to holiday at home. Our sales figures are significantly increased on last year as I think most people are waiting to see what is decided before they consider booking abroad."

According to Kirsty, our very won God's Own County is one of the top tourist destinations.

"Our most popular areas are by far the Yorkshire Dales with the North York Moors coming in second," she says.

The legacy of prestigious sporting events such as the Grand Depart of the Tour de France have all contributed to putting Yorkshire on the global map.

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We’ve been hearing anecdotal evidence from our members for some time that they’ve seen a rise in staycations and with 2019 being such a huge year for the county, I can only see this increasing further.

"World class events like the Grand Depart of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire have really put Yorkshire on the global map over the last few years, but they’ve also been a fantastic showcase to people here in the UK about what they have to explore and enjoy right on their doorsteps.

"We have the very best attractions, internationally renowned food, drink, heritage and culture and we’re delighted to see the Scarborough Borough retaining its crown as the most visited place outside of London.

"As we prepare to welcome the world this year for the fifth Tour de Yorkshire, the UCI Road World Championships and Yorkshire Sculpture International there’s never been a better time to visit the county."