According to votes from TripAdvisor users, Manchester has been named one of the 10 fastest growing domestic destinations in the UK.

With daffodils now appearing all over the shop and clocks set to move forward in a few weeks, the long-awaited arrival of spring is upon us, and many people are *still* gagged for the holidays.

Tripadvisor released its Spring Seasonal Travel Index today, using a combination of search and sentiment data to reveal what – and where – is hot this spring. After a slower winter with new variants dampening many holiday plans, data shows Britons are preparing for a great escape.

The world’s largest travel platform positively describes Manchester as a “revitalized northern city fueled by a love of football, art and music”. According to its tourism page, Manchester is a “centre for sports and the arts, it is a down to earth and friendly city”.

“The so-called capital of the North has overcome industrial decline and bombing (during World War II and by the IRA) to become a confident, cosmopolitan city of over two million people. It is well served by a network of buses and light rail, a boon for visitors on a tourist expedition.

Despite the rising cost of fuel and inflation in general, Britons are unwilling to let this get in the way of their spring travel plans.

Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings, after all.

In fact, more than half of Britons (54%) plan to travel this spring (March 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022), and more than a third (37%) plan to take two or more trips. This compares to more than a third (37%) of Britons who traveled at the same time last year.

Along with more travel, UK travelers also plan to spend more money. Of Britons who traveled last year and planned to do so again, almost half (46%) plan to spend more than they did in 2021, and one in six (18%) plan to spend a lot more. Data from Tripadvisor confirms this sentiment, as average spend per booking by UK traveler has increased by just over 75% year-on-year.

Tripadvisor research data shows the most popular travel dates for Brits this spring are March 11 and March 31, but where are UK travelers headed this spring?

International travel appears to be rebounding significantly as more than a third of Britons (38%) plan to go on holiday abroad, with 1 in 20 (7%) leaving for long-haul trips. When it comes to overseas destinations, which have seen the biggest year-on-year increase in travel searches by Brits this spring, Key West in Florida tops the list, followed by the atoll of Baa in the Maldives.

While international travel is on the rise, domestic travel remains the preferred option. More than three-quarters (78%) of Britons say they will travel to the UK between March and May this year. Respectively in terms of annual growth in Tripadvisor clicks from UK travelers this spring, Manchester in Greater Manchester is in the top ten.

According to Tripadvisor, Afflecks, Etihad Stadium, Museum of Science and Industry, John Rylands Library, National Football Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Royal Exchange Theatre, Fletcher Park and Botanic Gardens Moss and Manchester Cathedral are named among the ten must-see places, ways to walk around and iconic experiences that define Manchester.

Unsurprisingly, given the toll the pandemic has had on us over the past two years, Britons have cited rest and relaxation as the most popular purpose of their trips this spring. Spas emerged as one of the most searched and booked accommodation amenities on Tripadvisor, with one in nine (11%) saying they were planning a wellness trip this spring.

A third (33%) of Britons said they were looking to experience something new and unique on their next trip. Looking at the most popular experience categories for Britons, this spring 2022, film and TV tours, ghost and vampire tours and literary, arts and music tours came out on top. Some of the top-rated experiences in these categories available for booking on Tripadvisor this spring include the Gavin and Stacey TV Locations Tour on Barry Island, the famous Underground Ghost Tour and the Original street art in London.