With Brexit looming large and an uncertain short-term travel climate across the continent, there is no better time than now to consider a “staycation” – a holiday in the United Kingdom. And while the UK might well be a small island compared to continental Europe or long haul destinations such as USA and Australia, it has a hell of a lot to offer.
With a wide range of natural attractions and a diverse culture, and you’re to find a great choice of holiday options to choose from across the UK.
According to UK finance, in 2017 more and more people were choosing to holiday in Britain, and in the current political climate, those numbers are likely rising. Some view it as a cheap and easy getaway, and others just love being able to explore their own patch. But if you’re still uncertain, here are just a few reasons why a staycation should be part of your future travel plans.
If you live in the UK, then one leisure you’re likely to enjoy by holidaying in your own country is greater affordability. Of course, there is no ‘UK resident discount’ at hotels and tourist attractions like there are in some countries across the continent, but that being said, there are still numerous savings to be made.
If you’re travelling around London, for example, you can score yourself some super off peak train tickets from companies like ThamesLink, enjoy cheaper fuel costs due to shorter travel distances, and you’re even at an advantage by just having a general awareness of how much things cost at home. There will be no nasty surprises or sudden expenses – you can budget for everything and holiday comfortably from a financial point of view.
Knowledge and awareness
Not everyone considers holidaymaking to be an educational experience. Of course, trips are experiences, and you’re bound to pick up a thing or two from your adventures, whether that’s bits of new languages or slang, cultural and historical trivia, architectural design, cuisine or tastes and textures. In the end, when you tally it all up, travel can be quite the education.
So that begs the question – how well do you know the UK? Sure, you may have lived here your whole life, but can you say you’ve trekked through the Scottish Highlands, or visited the numerous castles and museums of the land? Have you visited every city, and explored the vast range of beaches and coves that this nation, somewhat surprisingly, has to offer? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you’ve got yet another reason to book a staycation.
What’s better for the planet, flying long-haul or a quick train trip across England to visit another city? Going on a domestic holiday is more than likely going to be better for the planet than heading out overseas. Your entire transit should be less demanding in terms of vehicles and sheer logistics and, in the end, the UK is small – you can hop on a train and be at your destination in a few short hours. Not only that, but spending money at home means you’re supporting the local economy and helping to boost the domestic tourism industry.