Staycations are becoming increasingly popular, and there are countless reasons you can have a great vacation without leaving the UK!
First off, you won’t have to worry about Covid-19 restrictions, and a domestic holiday often means less planning and less travel time. Add saving a couple of quid to the mix, and a staycation is starting to seem like a no-brainer. If you want some inspiration on where to go or what to do on your next holiday, then keep reading!
It’s time to take the first step towards your staycation; how exciting! The UK is full of great attractions, fun things to do, and hidden gems - here are some of them!
The capital of England offers majestic architecture, fascinating museums, great food, and a whole lot of pubs. Walk along the Thames, go shopping at Oxford Street and Harrods, hang out with celebrities at Madame Tussauds, or catch some live music. Whatever you choose, your itinerary won’t be empty!
Possibly the ultimate UK staycation location, Cornwall is famous for its lovely beaches, complete with resort towns, quaint fishing villages, and the beloved Cornish pasty. Go surfing, visit spooky castles, go hiking on Bodmin Moor and then reward yourself with a cold pint after your hard work.
The hardest bit about going on holiday in Scotland is deciding where to go! This beautiful country offers cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, full of culture and history, along with truly amazing landscapes and scenery in the form of mountains, lochs, and moors. Don’t forget about the islands, which would make a great staycation destination!
If you want a dose of the almost impossibly picturesque English countryside, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the Cotswolds. With quaint villages full of the cutest stone houses around every corner paired with sweeping green hills and farm animals, this place sure is a sight for sore eyes. Go for walks, visit castles, and soak up the scents of the local lavender fields.
Here you can reconnect with nature and spend days full of outdoor adventures and take in some spectacular views. Go to the beach to experience the British seaside, spend an afternoon kayaking on one of the gorgeous lakes, or climb the tallest mountain in England. The Lake District is the perfect outdoor staycation destination - no wonder this is where modern tourism was born!
Taking the kids on holiday will make for lots of laughs, fun times, and invaluable memories that will last for a lifetime. Here are some destinations that are particularly family-friendly.
If you and your kids like animals, there’s nothing better than spending some quality time at a farm as a family. Cuddle some lambs, go horse riding, or join in all the activities being offered by farms you can find all over the country, such as Smallicombe Farm in Devon or Trevorrick Farm Cottages in Cornwall.
For the thrill-seeker, Alton Towers is definitely a must. Filled with amazing rides for all ages, there’s something for everyone at this theme park that offers great experiences - such as a dinosaur dig, a roller coaster restaurant, and a water park. Don’t worry - there’s also a spa if the day gets a bit too hectic!
If your kids are under ten - or just really like Lego - then Legoland will mean hours of fun. Watch your kids drive cars, go on the Duplo Dino Coaster, and spend all your pocket money in the gift shop.
If you’d rather spend some alone time with your someone special, then the UK’s got you covered for that too - is there anything you can’t find in this country?!
Let go of all the stress and to-do lists of everyday life and allow yourself to get pampered with your partner surrounded by the most amazing architecture. Relax in the hot water that’s attracted travellers for millennia, or get a massage followed by a lovely meal. This is probably the perfect date night.
If you’re a couple that’s partial to the outdoors, then a hiking vacation is the perfect option. Not only does it mean loads of fresh air, but also a lot of quality time to spend with your loved one. The best part is that you can go literally everywhere! However, places to check out include the Brecon Beacons in Wales, Loch Lomond, the Queen of Scottish Lakes in Scotland, and the Jurassic Coast.
Just as with hiking, a weekend away in a cottage allows you to reconnect with your partner and enjoy each other with no distractions. You can also find cottages almost anywhere! Maybe you’d want to stay in a national park like the New Forest or the Lake District? The sky is your limit!
Maybe you’d get bored out of your mind in a remote cottage and would much rather go out and experience some culture with your partner, and if so, you’re in luck because there’s lots of that in the UK as well! Go look at the romantic views in Edinburgh, take in the history in Cambridge, or take a stroll on the beautiful streets of York - again, the possibilities are endless!
Perhaps you would prefer not to go far from home while still enjoying something out of the ordinary, and there are lots of great ideas for that kind of staycation too. Cook a dish from a distant country, take a virtual tour, have an indoor picnic, or pamper yourself with a spa day. Do some star gazing, organise a scavenger hunt, or why not build a fort inside and watch your favourite movies.
If you still want to enjoy the outdoors, you can always go camping - and don’t forget that you can hire a campervan with Yescapa and go have the best staycation ever!
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