Foreign holidays can be great, but there's a lot to be said for good old staycations in your own country, or even your home town! With the rising costs of jetting off abroad, there's been a massive increase in the number of people staying on home turf this summer. Here are some reasons why staycations are the best...
1. Money money money
You’ll save so much dosh! No pricey flights and travel insurance, and you won’t have to worry about the rubbish exchange rates making everything so expensive. If you’re counting the pennies, staycations are the answer.
2. More treats
Remember all that money you saved by not booking flights and expensive all-inclusive hotels? Well, if you still have it to spare, use it to treat yourself! Full-body massage and three-course meal here we come… You can also get lots of vouchers and special offers that can be used locally, to make your money stretch even further. What a treat!
3. Precious time
Let’s face it, even a two-hour flight actually means more like five hours travelling. You need to get to the airport two hours before your flight, then wait for your bags when you land. With the time it then takes to find your way to the hotel at the other end, it sometimes feels like a whole day wasted! If you stay local, you can spend that time actually seeing and doing the things you want to.
4. Wakey wakey
If you’re used to jetting off far-flung destinations, you’ll know how shattered you are when you land back. You normally spend the first week back at work after a holiday feeling more tired than before you went! Stay close to home (or at least within the same time zone) and you won’t have lost out on any sleep.
5. Don’t worry, be happy
There can be so much stress involved with travelling abroad. Got all the passports? Boarding passes? Hotel information? Did you remember to print off the directions and buy your foreign currency? Then there’s getting through security at the airport… Even if you choose to spend your staycation travelling to another city, being able to hop in your car or on the train and arrive there without the hassle will make for a much more relaxed break!
6. Hidden gems
Staying at home, you can discover the beauty of your home turf. Visit a local museum or gallery, or even just take a stroll around the local area. You might be surprised what you’ll find. The UK has so many amazing places to offer, there really is no need to hop on a plane to have a nice holiday!
7. Supporting local businesses
Another benefit of holidaying at home is that you’ll really help local businesses. You can treat yourself to breakfast at your local cafe, browse the high street shops you wouldn’t normally go to, and choose a local restaurant you haven’t had chance to eat at yet.
8. Staycation itinerary
If you have a week off work, you can fit a lot in if you choose to stay in the country. Be a tourist in your home town for a couple of days, then head to a city a couple of hours away for a few nights, then travel to the seaside to finish your break. Or you could plan a series of day trips to local sites during your week. You’ll be amazed at how much you can fit in!
9. Learning curve
When you’re abroad, you often end up on sightseeing tours where you learn all about the local history. Why not try one closer to home? Even if you’ve lived there for years, you might learn something new, and kids’ll love it too. And if you’d normally spend time abroad taking photos of all the beautiful cathedrals and churches, but don’t have a single snap of the ones on your doorstep…grab you camera!