Does the thought of mingling with the masses at the airport, sitting on a crowded plane and dealing with the crowds at an overpriced tourist destination fill you with fear? Then maybe it’s time to switch up your holiday options and opt for a staycation in the UK instead.
Whether you fancy a coastal retreat, a city break or a rural trip - the UK has it all. In fact, there’s never been a better time to put the passport away and discover what the UK has to offer.
Tempted to get behind the wheel? These are our top tips for your next staycation.
Map it out
Plan the route you’ll take before you leave home and watch out for traffic jams on Google Maps. And just in case you travel to the back of beyond and the internet takes a wrong turn on the way, pack a good old fashioned paper map so you can find your way back to the 21st Century.
Whether you’re taking a solo trip or packing for a family week away, it’s important to get excited. Just because you’re not getting on a plane and heading to a different time zone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an adventure! Mark your holiday dates on the calendar and start a daily countdown on your fridge or download a countdown app for your phone. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the number of days until your holiday get smaller and smaller.
Plus, planning well in advance helps build pre-holiday excitement to fever pitch.. Research top tourist spots in the area you’re visiting and ask around to see if your friends or family have any recommendations for where to visit while you’re away.
Plan your entertainment
If you’re travelling with children then downloading a bunch of their favourite films and TV shows in advance is a sure-fire way to keep them happy for most of the journey. It’s also a good idea to pack a portable power bank to charge any devices you or your passengers are using. And if you’ll be using your phone to navigate then you should think about investing in a car power adapter – that way you can charge your phone as you drive.
Keep up holiday traditions
If one of your favourite things about a holiday abroad is reading a brand new book on the beach, sampling delicious local food or even picking up unique souvenirs, then be sure to do all that on your UK staycation too. If you want to keep costs down, pop to the supermarket – or find a local farmer’s market and sample some tasty, hand-crafted treats.
And if you’re taking children with you, keep all the same holiday rules as you usually do. So later bedtimes, junk food and fewer cleaning duties are all totally OK.
Skip the chain hotels and stay in a nearby B&B instead. They’re much cosier and your B&B host will be a great source of information on the local area. You’ll get the inside scoop on everything from the quietest times to visit popular tourist attractions to the tastiest local grub in town. And you’ll get a daily cooked breakfast to boot – what’s not to like?
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