Often we don’t realise what we have in front of us, yet if you ask a tourist why they’re holidaying in the UK they’ll probably talk about rich history, amazing sights and food! There are plenty of things to do and so here are five reasons why you should consider a staycation this year.
Think about the amount of time (and money) it takes to get yourself ready for that summer break, whether you’re going solo or with friends and family. You don’t need to worry about updating your passport, booking vaccinations or organising care for the pet dog/cat/hamster (in fact you might even be able to take your pet with you on a staycation). There is also the problem of, the more people you’re traveling with, means the more military like training you need to get everyone else organised and in the right place at the right time. Planning a staycation is more familiar and feels less stressful
The most obvious win is that you save money. Planning a staycation means there are no airfares and taxes to pay. By avoiding the airport, you will also avoid the temptation of those duty free offers that you may not really need. You are more likely to pay less for accommodation particularly if you are able to do a home swap with another family. Another matter to consider is the value of the pound against other currencies and whether your pound will stretch as far abroad as it will at home.
You don’t have to travel too far
You are not too far away from a historic site, seaside or other places of interest wherever you are. If you’re a beach lover, then consider Cornwall; if you like walking, the Lake
District is a brilliant option; if you are interested in historic sites then consider the array of beautiful cathedrals across the UK or head toward places such as Balmoral Castle in the Highlands. With a bit of research, you’re sure to find somewhere interesting to visit not too far away from home and if you have children, it’s a great way to get them involved.
You might be surprised to learn more about the UK
More often than not, there are plenty of local events, historical tours and events taking place all over the UK, from the big ones including Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight music festival to the more quirky including cheese rolling (officialcheeserolling.com) in or a chance to race the train (racethetrain.com) in mid-Wales.
You may want to use your trip as a way to discover more about your family tree. The UK has a rich history, so why not go and discover it for yourself!
Supporting local businesses
With so much of our shopping taking place online, taking a holiday here in the UK means you will support local businesses. Wandering around a local village, browsing local shops means you put something back in which is good for the local economy. Whether it’s through local restaurants, farm shops, gifts shops or using local buses or bike hires to get from one place to another, you’re pounds help locally.