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What with international travel being brought to a near standstill by the spread of Covid-19, many Brits have found themselves making alternative plans for their holidays. The staycation has exploded in popularity; campervans are flying off the forecourts, and holiday homes are under almost unprecedented demand.
For many, being a tourist at home is a strange experience. Exactly how should we behave and plan these trips? For the most part, the answers are much the same as they were when we were holidaying abroad.
Look for what’s novel
Just because you’ve lived in a given country for your entire life doesn’t mean that you’ve exhausted everything it has to offer. The UK is crammed full of hidden treasures, most of which go ignored even by the people who live just down the road. Whether it’s a romantic UK city break or more remote rural escape, there is something for everyone. Do your research before visiting a given area, make a list of the places you’d really like to visit, and make time for each of them.
Consider the weather
When composing your itinerary, it’s worth thinking about how the weather is going to behave. Set aside one or two indoor activities for the rainy days – that way, you’ll still be able to get in all of the things that you’d like to see and do.
If you’re going on a city break, then you might get by with what you normally wear when you pop down to the shops. Most holidaymakers in the United Kingdom will be headed off the beaten track, however. Doing so makes social distancing easier, for one thing. But for another, the UK has a great deal of natural beauty to offer.
A hike through the Lake District can be unforgettable on a clear day; and the same is true in the Scottish Highlands or in the Yorkshire Dales. Make sure you’re wearing lightweight and waterproof clothing; women’s trousers should be nicely breathable, water-resistant, and paired with a suitably rugged pair of hiking boots.
Book in advance
For some activities, you’ll need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. And this applies especially during an age of coronavirus, where venues and attractions need to carefully control the number of simultaneous visitors.
Look for vouchers
If you can get a discount along the way, you shouldn’t hesitate. Those vouchers will add up over the course of a few days, and allow your holiday budget to go further. Although you’re in your own country, the money can definitely add up over time. So vouchers are always a good option!