With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, it looks as though international travel won’t be high on anyone’s to-do list for the next few months. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a mini break or a well deserved holiday away within the UK – or as it’s more popularly known, a staycation.
A ‘staycation’, in basic terms, means a holiday that you take within your own country. The UK is lucky enough not only to have a wealth of holiday destinations for the people who live there, but the opportunity to travel to other nations like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – all while staying in the same country. Whether you’re a history buff, a relaxation seeker or looking for a cosy autumnal retreat in 2020, here are five top reasons to book a staycation right here in the UK.
1. Less stress while travelling
We all know that travelling – especially by plane – can be incredibly stressful. Not only having to navigate through the airport with your bags and all the other passengers but cramming yourself into a plane for a long flight is hardly the most relaxing way to start off your holiday. With a staycation, you can travel at your own pace and by whatever means you enjoy – whether that’s by car, train or even by boat!
A staycation also means eliminating some of the barriers to accessibility that can be found in airports and train stations. Often, these places can make travelling even more stressful for people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters or walking aids – airports aren’t really built for disabled individuals in mind. With a staycation, you can tailor how you travel to fit your needs – whatever they might be.
2. Exploring the country
The United Kingdom is a top international tourist destination for a reason – there’s so much to do and see here. Whether you want to find an untouched corner of the coast, explore one of our bustling cities or just find somewhere quiet and tranquil to spend a relaxing week, the UK has it all. You can explore the historical sites of England, from the iconic Stonehenge in Wiltshire to Hadrian’s Wall along the England / Scotland border. Wander along the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh or visit the rugged, rustic Scottish Islands for a true taste of Scotland; seek culture in Cardiff or explore the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. The UK has a multitude of holiday destinations, no matter what kind of break you’re looking for.
3. No language barrier
You might be the kind of person who relishes exploring countries where English isn’t the primary language – maybe you’re the kind of person who downloads twenty-five different apps to learn the language a few weeks before you leave. Or, maybe you’re the kind of person who finds English hard enough sometimes! One of the biggest benefits of a staycation is no language barrier. Though you might find yourselves in parts of the country where people speak regional languages – such as Welsh, Irish or Gaelic – generally, you’ll find most people speak English. All that’s left for you to do is decipher some of the regional accents!
4. Could you be getting a better deal?
International travel is wonderful – but your bank account can often be left worse for wear. After spending money on accommodation, travel, food and drink and activities, a large credit card bill can be the nasty surprise you get on your return. With a staycation, not only do you not have to translate euros, dollars or any other currency back into pounds to work out how much you’re spending, but you might actually get a better deal in the long run. Even if you book last minute, plenty of holiday sites are offering discounted rates at the moment – and you might even find you’re getting a bargain on somewhere you never thought you’d travel to!
5. Supporting local businesses
It might not be the most glamourous reason to book a staycation, but when you holiday in the UK, you can be confident knowing that your money is supporting local and national businesses and keeping the economy going. By doing all of the things you love – whether that’s visiting the spa, checking out the local food scene or exploring the landscapes – you’re helping support hundreds of other people who have been hit by the pandemic. Just by going on holiday!