There are plenty of reasons why a ‘staycation’ can be just as good as a trip abroad, whatever you’re looking for from a holiday.
Holidays are all about having a break from your normal routine and doing something different, whether that’s relaxing or exploring new surroundings.
We’ve put together a short list of the best places to travel to in the UK, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. So, whether you’re looking for beaches or mountains, it’s time to get out there and start exploring what Great Britain has to offer.
It's easier to plan
Possibly the best part of a staycation is the flexibility. Generally, when you book a holiday abroad, there are several things to consider when deciding on dates. From flight availability to the weighing up of different package deals, it can be quite a headache trying to book a holiday that suits you. But with holidaying at home, you have much more freedom when choosing the dates to go, and you don’t have to worry that you may have missed out on an excellent deal.
You get to see more for less
Staying in the UK means you have a lot more choice on where to visit. When going abroad, it can be a struggle to choose between a variety of beautiful places and, once there, you won’t necessarily have the opportunity to explore the rest of the country, outside of your chosen resort. But here at home, you know a bit more about the different areas, and you can factor this in when deciding what type of holiday you are after. You can always stop off along the way to your destination, which gives you the opportunity to see more – something that isn’t possible when you fly directly to a holiday resort.
It's less hassle
No late-night flights, early-morning transfer coaches or jet lag. You can set off when you want, you don’t have to sit with strangers, and you can make the journey enjoyable too. You won’t have to experience the panic of not seeing your suitcase on the carousel in arrivals, because you’ll know with certainty that your luggage is in the back of your car (or above you on a train).
You get more time on holiday
When it comes to holidaying abroad, you’ll often lose a day each side of the break to travelling. Driving to the airport, flying to the foreign country, getting a coach to your hotel, waiting for check-in… the list goes on. With a staycation, you can determine the best time for travelling to ensure maximum time at your destination.
Supporting local businesses
By holidaying in the UK, you’ll be helping the local economy to grow, encouraging local trade and supporting local families. Buying food from local farms and hiring a caravan from a local business will make the world of difference to those suppliers.
Where to go
The West Country
Though often clumped together as the “West Country”, the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset are each unique and beautiful. Perhaps you could hire a campervan and aim to camp in Cornwall, but with a few overnight rest-stops along the way. You can even get the sleeper train overnight from London, so you can sleep throughout your journey and be refreshed for the start of your break down in the south-west. You can visit Bristol for the markets, go hiking on Dartmoor National Park or along the Jurassic Coast, and soak up the sun on the seafront in Cornwall. There are numerous little fishing villages along the south coast of Devon if you fancy a taste of the countryside culture, but if that’s too quiet for you, visit Exeter or Plymouth for the bustling shopping centres, and make sure to have at least one cream tea and a pasty.
The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are a popular choice for tourists, and for good reason. But if you fancy something different and bit more secluded, there are plenty of riverside villages in South Wales and countryside hotspots in the Valleys. You could hire a motorhome or an Airbnb and explore the national parks, taking in the breathtaking scenery that Wales has to offer. While a walk is always lovely, the Welsh countryside is so beautiful that, if you find the right place, you can absorb nature’s beauty from the doorstep of your rented accommodation.
A staycation doesn’t have to be conventional, and you might be surprised at how much is on our doorstep in the UK. Consider travelling to Scotland and staying in a remote castle, or perhaps a secluded cabin near a loch suits you more. There’s plenty of history to explore in Scotland, and you can drive for miles surrounded by rocks, greenery and ancient sites. You could even hire a little boat and camp on an island on one of the many lochs, or take your motorhome to the foot of Ben Nevis to see the night sky’s stars from a different perspective.
How to choose
Make a list of the top five things you want to see or do on your holiday, and what you want to get out of it. This will make it easier to narrow down your planning and find something that ticks all the boxes. You might want to push the boat out and try something new, whether it’s renting a home on Airbnb or sleeping in a caravan on an island in the middle of the lake. Don’t forget to allow yourself to engage fully with your break too. Just because you’re still in the same time zone, that doesn’t mean you can start taking work calls or dealing with domestic matters. Ensure you have time to properly relax and get the most out of your staycation.