The days are getting longer and summer is just around the corner. Pretty soon, families and hard-working individuals the country over are going to be turning their thoughts to the holidays, considering where they will go and what they will do with their valuable downtime. Increasingly, Britons have been seeing the beauty and benefits that staycations have to offer and rediscovering their love for their own country.
The national love for the staycation began in earnest in 2009, when the recession forced families to re-evaluate important holiday decisions. A recent study revealed that 27% of Britons are staycationing for their main summer holiday this year, with Cornish locations being particularly popular, seeing a ‘ten-year high’ in holiday bookings.
There are many reasons behind this increase in staycation popularity. Some, in the tumultuous current climate, feel safer in their own country and are prioritising their family’s security. Some have decided that it is just kinder on their wallet and less stressful in terms of organisation. Others take “no-fly” holidays to be environmentally conscious. Below are just a few of the main attractions to gorgeous UK-based holidays.
Far less planning
Inevitably, a holiday in the UK will require less upfront planning. You don’t need to concern yourself with passports, plane tickets, insurance or any necessary vaccinations. When you consider the limited time you have to actually enjoy the holiday, it is obviously much more preferable to keep the time-consuming and tiresome planning to a minimum.
Costs are kept down
If you are one of the nearly 1.5 million families in the UK who simply can’t afford a foreign holiday, staycations might be the perfect option for you. With decreased planning comes an inevitable decrease in cost. When you calculate how much it costs to either buy a passport or possibly renew it, buy visas, taxis, insurance, vaccinations and excess baggage, your wallet will be relieved to learn that you are staying in the UK.
Reduced stress levels
Travelling broadens the mind and opens you up to new ways of doing things, which is fantastic. However, whenever air travel is concerned, the potential for stressful situations inevitably increases. You need to worry about packing the right things, getting to the airport in time, language barriers or being stuck after failed hotel bookings. When you holiday at home, you are already in your comfort zone; you are infinitely more confident and you can keep your stress levels low.
Put back into the economy
When you holiday in the UK, you are helping to put money back into our own economy. Support local businesses and explore national treasures and do your bit to boost business in the area you choose to visit! Last year, with 19.7 million domestic holidays, staycations gave England’s economy a significant boost. With any luck, this year will serve to improve the economy further.
Benefits of cottage holidays
Staycations might just be the perfect option for you, but even if you decide to stay in the UK this year, you will still be faced with a great many options; where exactly in the UK do you go? Do you want to escape to the countryside or would you prefer a coastal getaway? We have an incredibly diverse country and so many landscapes to explore. No matter where you go or what you decide to do, a cottage holiday could be exactly what you are looking for.
A traditional, picturesque cottage is an old English staple and offers a level of comfort and individuality rarely found in hotels. It can offer you a means of escape while, at the same time, feeling like home. With a self-catered cottage, you can decide on your own meal plans, carefully construct your own agenda and not have to worry about the noisy next door neighbour that is the bane of all hotel visits. On top of all this is the ultimate bonus; depending on where you choose to go, you will be able to save on pet sitting costs by bringing your pet with you.
Diane Pearce is an entrepreneur who has been buying and letting holiday cottages for 15 years. She is passionate about providing last-minute getaways to those seeking a retreat. She now owns BimbleBox, a popular holiday cottage rental website that exists to provide beautiful and affordable escapes to remember.