Staycation boom: Brits’ top 10 Airbnb destination searches are in the UK and Saint Clears is No1

With doubts hanging over foreign holidays this year, Britons are currently staycation-obsessed – and it’s Saint Clears in Carmarthenshire, Wales, that’s the hotspot, according to Airbnb. The home rental site has released data on 2021’s trending destinations – those that have seen the biggest year-on-year increase in searches among its users – and the top … Read more

Google: ‘Panic attack’, ‘hug’ and ‘prayer’ peak in searches amid the pandemic

Positive terms such as ‘hope’, ‘hug’ and ‘prayer’ peaked on Google search in 2020 at the expense of ‘party’ and ‘festival’ thanks to the country being in lockdown. A year on from the start of the first coronavirus lockdown, Google has released some of the search trends spanning the past 12 months. Searches for hope, … Read more

Wild swimming makes a splash during lockdown with searches for wetsuits in the UK up by 495 per cent

Searches for wetsuits are up 495 per cent on Pictured is the Shorty women’s wetsuit, which is available from the retailer at the end of March for £69.99 Britons have turned to making lemon drizzle cake and sourdough bread to help get them through lockdown and millions have taken up running. To this list we … Read more

Where Britons want to visit post-lockdown based on Tripadvisor searches: Isle of Skye’s Portree top

Where Britons most want to visit post-lockdown based on Tripadvisor searches: Portree on the Isle of Skye is the staycation No1 and Soufriere in St Lucia the top hotspot abroad Tripadvisor revealed its trending destinations for Britons based on year-on-year increases in search volumes It then drew up two top 10 tables – one for … Read more

Online searches for Covid symptoms can predict peaks 17 days before they happen 

Online search activity taken from Google can help predict peaks in Covid-19 cases up to 17 days in advance, a new study reveals.  Researchers from University College London created computer models based on online search query frequencies to gain insights about the prevalence of the disease in multiple countries, including the UK.  Models based on … Read more

Property searches double for the Cotswolds in lockdown

The already in-demand Cotswolds have reached new heights of desirability amid the coronavirus pandemic, new research has suggested. The area’s pretty rural villages have long been a favourite among the rich and famous, with homes in the area owned by Kate Moss, Jeremy Clarkson, David Cameron, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the Beckhams, to name but a … Read more

SAM and DAN most popular personalised registration searches

DVLA says ‘SAM’ and ‘DAN’ are the most in-demand personalised registrations as Britons buy a private plate every minute in 2020 despite a massive decline in new car sales Nearly 370,000 personalised registrations have been purchased this year BEN, TOM and AMY join SAM and DAN in the top five most common searches Appetite for … Read more

Google’s top searches of 2020 are revealed and the list is dominated by coronavirus-related phrases

How to make hand sanitiser and cook your own KFC: Google’s top searches of 2020 are revealed… and the list is dominated by coronavirus-related phrases Google’s list of ‘big hitter’ search terms for 2020 is dominated by coronavirus Millions of questions were lodged around making face masks and hand sanitiser Searches for ‘KFC recipe’ and … Read more

Ebay sees surge in searches for Princess Diana fashion following The Crown

While the eighties is often thought of as the decade that fashion forgot, Princess Diana was often applauded for her statement looks from novelty knits to her love of gingham.    And the fourth series of The Crown has highlighted Princess Diana‘s influence to a whole new generation, with eBay revealing new research that shows a surge in … Read more

HBO’s ‘Murder on Middle Beach’ director searches for his mother’s killer in new docuseries

HBO’s ‘Murder on Middle Beach’ is a deeply intimate docuseries directed by Madison Hamburg, who tries to investigate his mother’s murder and find her killer a decade after her death. Madison Hamburg was 18 years old when he got the call from his sister: Their mother had been stabbed and bludgeoned to death outside her … Read more