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The north/south divide has created hundreds upon ‘undreds of stereotypes, jokes and rivalries – some real, some imagined, and some just made up in the name of good old banter.
It’s grim up north, but everything’s a rip off down south; those southern fairies don’t know how to pour a proper pint, whereas them northern monkeys are obsessed with slathering gravy on every meal, from breakfast to tea (that’s your evening meal, by the way); and it’s always raining in Manchester while every single person in London is stuck up – we could go on all day.
So then, with all of these differences between the north and south, you’d think that each group would be going to the ends of the earth to avoid each other on holiday this summer, right?
We looked at this summer’s TravelSupermarket site searches to find out.
Actually, despite all of our differences, it seems that northerners and southerners agree on this summer’s top holiday destination – we all went to Majorca!
North, south, Midlands, or whichever area you identify with, the top three destinations for holiday searches were pretty much the same across the board: Majorca, Tenerife and Ibiza.
Guaranteed sun, world-class beaches, cheap deals and the option of some lively entertainment seem to be the biggest factors in Brits’ holiday decisions, whether you’re from Lewisham or Liverpool.
It’s no surprise really then that Spain was so popular – out of the whole of the UK, eight Spanish destinations featured in the 20 searches. Viva España!
Of course, not every destination was the same…
The “Madge-effect” doesn’t appear to have rubbed off on the south, with Benidorm not even coming in the top 20 searches for southerners this summer. Northerners, on the other hand, can’t stay away, with Benners sitting pretty in the top five.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why the northerners, who never miss a deal, love it on the Costa Blanca with seven-night holidays in September available for as little as £311pp including flights from Manchester and a hotel stay.
It’s hard to say why southerners aren’t too keen on the Spanish resort, as it pretty much guarantees the three S’s: sun, sea and sunburned Brits.
Maybe, it’s all those northerners…
In terms of distance travelled, northern folk were much happier to make shorter trips overall, with their southern counterparts generally travelling further afield by around 100 miles.
Exotic hotspots such as the Seychelles and Bali were popular with couples from the south, but northerners were just as keen to impress their other half.
As well as iconic cities such as Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, romantic northerners whisked their loved ones to the Maldives and Las Vegas for those oh-so-special getaways.
The canals of Venice proved popular with both groups, but then who can resist a gondola?
When it comes down to the hardcore party destinations, it’s not surprising to see the usual suspects pop up again and again. Ayia Napa in Cyprus, Malia in Crete and Magaluf in Spain all top north and south lists. So we’re united on this one too.
This year, the TOWIE crew went to marvellous Marbs for some definitely-not-scripted drama in the sun, the Geordie Shore crew look set to make a splash in Greece for their upcoming series and those affluent young things from Made In Chelsea will be calling LA home for a while, but do these celeb holiday hotspots reflect their regional counterparts?
Marbella is equally popular with all groups across the board, except the Scots who prefer to head off to European cities like Dublin and Amsterdam as well as popular sun spots Ibiza and Magaluf. Once more people find out TOWIE will be in town, they might be doing the same.
The Geordies are bang on with their selection, though, with Kavos being the top party sport for people from the north east – howay pet!
We don’t want to turn this into an economic debate, so we’ll leave talk of “northern power houses” and “recoveries” to Mr Osborne and his spin doctors. However, one of the most unavoidable factors in the north/south divide is money and, more importantly, who has the most.
Southerners all think northerners are frugal penny pinchers, whereas up north, we think anyone below Sheffield is a millionaire – of course, neither are true, but who spends the most brass abroad?
Last year’s TravelSupermarket Travel Trends Tracker found that it was, in fact, southerners who generally spent more on a holiday, spending an average of £742pp in 2014. Northerners weren’t far behind though spending £687pp.
Interestingly, too, folks from the north east spent almost as much as Londoners on their holidays.
So, where should you go if you want to avoid the other?
Besides Benidorm, if you want to avoid sharing the pool with Sheila and Colin from Leeds, your best bet is to head to the likes of Malta or Dubai, which are well down on the northern searches – remember, northerners like it warm, but not too warm.
Want to give that group of chattering cockneys a miss? Try Cuba, or even Rome, both of which have lower searches for southerners.
But really, do you want to go that far? As our research shows, we’re all pretty much after the same thing when we go on holidays: a bit of fun, a lot of sun and a good bargain!
Please note: this article was written by a northerner living in the south, so it is 100% impartial. All prices and facts were correct at the time of writing.
Where are you going this year? Do you holiday like a northerner or a southerner? Let us know in the comments below.
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