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Many people this summer are swapping a holiday abroad for a staycation and this is for obvious reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many believe that this will actually spark a new trend where people regularly holiday in the UK as opposed to going overseas because there are so many fantastic places to visit and a staycation can bring so many advantages over vacationing abroad.
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There’s so much to see
One of the main reasons why a staycation in the UK can be just as enjoyable as one overseas is that there is so much to see and do. Although relatively small, the UK is incredibly diverse with dozens of historic and cultural cities along with an amazing amount of stunning and varied natural beauty so there is something for everyone whether you are looking for a city break, coastal retreat, countryside exploration or a stay in a cozy village.
Travel is easy
It is also incredibly easy to get around the UK and it will be much easier and more affordable than travelling abroad. The train network is particularly good for travel as you can get to practically anywhere by train, particularly if you get the train to London Kings Cross which has many links.
There are no barriers
Another reason that staycations are popular especially with families is that there are no barriers. People speak the same language, eat the same food, have the same local customs and use the same currency so you do not have to worry about these issues which can be a major hurdle when travelling overseas with young children.
It helps stimulate the economy
Having a vacation in your own country is also a great way to boost the economy which is hugely important in worrying economic times like this. There is a good spirit in this country of supporting one another and a staycation is a brilliant way to do this, plus it is likely to be much more affordable than an overseas holiday which is important in a time where people are not spending as much money in the current climate.
These are just a few of the reasons why a staycation could be the future of holidays in the UK. People are likely to see this summer that you can have an amazing time in the UK and there are so many different places to visit, things to see and activities to try throughout and when this is combined with the ease and affordability of staycations it is sure to catch on with many.
I love travelling in the UK. I’m lucky to have been to quite a few places, but there are lots of places even here in Scotland I have yet to visit (love the photo of my beautiful hometown above btw!). I just hope people are sensible about it, I do worry that the lack of quarantine when you’re travelling in your own country is going to make people forget they could spread Covid hundreds of miles, especially to remote locations that can’t handle it!
I haven’t been to UK but it’s one of my dream destinations. Your post makes me want to visit it more. Thanks for sharing x
Hope you get to visit someday!
I think it will be really good to see more people travelling in the UK. I just hope it becomes cheaper – you can’t blame people for going abroad when it’s a quarter of the price! I’d love to explore of the UK, but so far we haven’t because of that very reason.
I love staycations and have only just come back from one. I love places like York or Lincoln where there is so many things to see and do.
I’m not planning on going anywhere away this year but I am desperate for some beach days and the UK has some amazing beaches!
I love finding new places to visit in the UK. We really are very lucky to have so many amazing destinations. The cities are vibrant and full of life, the countryside is so peaceful and full of nature and the beaches are beautiful thanks to our gorgeous coastlines. If it wasn’t for our unpredictable weather I think more people would holiday in the UK. There really is something for everyone.
Thanks for sharing, I do feel the same that staycations will be the way we take holidays in the future as most of travel abroad is not sure of which country will be on the quarantine list. I will be doing more this year till I feel safe to travel abroad
Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes
I think we will be taking more uk holidays in future definitely xx
Going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had a staycation or even considered it as an option. My mum actually asked me over the weekend if I’d like one later this year to get away for a few days with not being able to have the holiday that was planned for this year and it’s the first time I’ve ever really considered it. There must be lots of places doing very well this year for the same reason though, which is great in terms of giving the economy a boost x
I’d love to visit the UK. The train option makes it so easy to see many things in a short amount of time. You are very fortunate to have that option. In the US flying isn’t the best right now so we have to drive everywhere and it is very far.
I went on a UK staycation this month in Bridlington and loved it. I would love to go to Cornwall but its about 4 hours drive from me, but it looks absolutely amazing xxx
I love a staycation but I really haven’t done many of them over the years. It’s good to explore your home country and I think now is the perfect time to do it 🙂 x
Very interesting read. You are spot on. Many people have not travelled to any degree within their own country. I’m in Toronto, Canada and have been West to the mountains and East to the ocean. But there are many more points in between. In the current covid world, travelling within Canada is super safe. We all need to explore our own country but we also need to explore the world and travel again. We need to learn, explore and appreciate different cultures. Home is somehow sweeter when you get out there,
I love a staycation! I feel like I don’t do it enough, so this pandemic has definitely made me want to travel around the UK more. I’m off to the peak district next weekend for the bank holiday with some friends and I am super excited for that! There definitely is so much to go and see in the UK. xx
I completely agree! Over the last couple of years we have tried to do one holiday in the UK a year, even if it’s such a weekend away. There are so many amazing places right on our doorstep and it tends to be a lot cheaper too x
There are so many places I’d like to go to in the UK. I do love travelling abroad though 🙂
Every time I visit my boyfriend in the UK we try to see at least 2 new places! The last ones we went to were Brighton and Oxford and they were so lovely. I only wish cross country train tickets didn’t cost so much!
There’s a lot to be said for finding the beauty in your own backyard.
I love a UK holiday! We rarely went abroad when I was younger but there’s so many wonderful places at home just waiting to be seen!
We’ve not dared take the kids abroad 😂 and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our holidays staying here. And we have barely scratched the surface of places to visit.
I spent a semester overseas in Cambridge, England, my senior year of college. I celebrated my 21st birthday there. I thought everything in the UK was magical. As an English major, I did a literary tour of England. Wow! It was incredible. I loved the Lake District…awesome. It is hard to think of a staycation place where you could do more…endless possibilities.
There is so much to see out in the UK. I haven’t been before but have some places in my bucketlist! I can imagine how it is easy to travel with the number of public transportations available. Also good to stimulate the local economy! This is how jobs stay. Thanks for sharing!
Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me
I am up for staycations and we have so many different places that are beautiful to visit. Me and my girlfriend are hoping to squeeze one in before Christmas. If not we have one booked already for my birthday in February. I am just not ready to go abroad yet.
I love going on holiday in the UK it is something I would love to do more often though. People are often quick to jump on a plane and go somewhere where the weather is nicer and the temperature hotter but there are so many great things you can do at home so many places you can go and explore and so many beautiful beaches for when we do get the odd day of sunshine haha
England seems like the place you could go two hours north for an adventure and be home the same night. However it would be more fun to have an overnight adventure too.
We had hoped to travel to the UK this year, but Coronavirus has changed that for this year. We have have had fun doing little stay-cations and here in our region of the US. Thoughtful article. Fingers crossed we get to visit the UK next year.
I definitely think that staycations are going to be more popular now! I love exploring the UK!
Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com
All great reasons, we really need to help our local attractions too as they have really struggled, especially the smaller local places that don’t recieve much funding.
I’ve been travelling around the UK all my life – there are so many amazing cities to visit x
I love finding new places to go in the UK, people are so quick to think that going abroad is better that they forget that the UK has so much to offer! People should be taking staycations at the moment to help the economy! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
I love exploring the UK, there’s just so much to offer here. I really want to see more of the British Isles – they’re just stunning! xx
I always wanted to visit the UK and it’s definitely on my bucket list!
I’m not from the UK but when I was there traveling was super easy and cheap! Loved traveling around and exploring and I hope next year I’ll get the chance to do it again
Totally agree with this, I think we’ll be going on a few staycations for the rest of 2020 rather than going abroad. I think it’s just too much of a risk at the moment. I always forget how much the UK has to offer so it’s nice to have some plans in place to see more of it! xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
I grew up in England and we never went abroad for holidays. The first time I was ever on a plane was when we emigrated to Canada. I agree that there are so many beautiful places to see in the UK.
Here in Canada, there are so many places to visit that I don’t think I could ever see them all in multiple lifetimes. I have travelled from coast to coast, visited 9 of our 10 provinces and one of our 3 territories and there is still so much I haven’t seen. I love exploring my home country.
I totally agree, the UK is incredibly dynamic when it comes to holidaying, there’s so much to see! It’s a shame train prices can be so high, I think I’d use them a lot more. But I’m a huge fan of a road trip, so that’s always fun too! Great post 🙂
Anika | chaptersofmay.com
Very Interesting information, i hope it will help me when i ll visit to uk… 😀 🙂
Agree that there’s so much to see and do in the UK. I always try to do some UK and some abroad holidays to get the best of both worlds but this year has definitely meant there has been a lot more UK breaks then I would normally do!
Tash // A Girl with a View
I agree with Ellie above! I am taking two breaks in the U.K. this year and I will enjoy it. There’s no waiting at airports and no hotels. Just me, my other half and camping under the stars. My favourite place is Whitby and robin hoods bay!
Its funny how people may have been somewhere like Spain every year for the past 10 years but haven’t explored their own country! I agree its going to be a thing of the future!