“Staycation: a holiday that you take at home or near you rather than travelling to another place” is the definition from Cambridge Dictionary.
Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, there has been a 25% rise in those deciding to take a Staycation rather than travel to neighboring European countries. The main reason for this is the poor exchange rate from pounds to euros as a result of the referendum outcome. Holidaymakers now get much fewer euros for their hard-earned sterling which makes travel, hotels, attractions and eating out much more expensive.
Looking closer to home, holidaymakers are contributing to a boom in UK holiday destinations that stretches from Land’s End to John o’Groats. With a bit of research, families and couples alike can find activity holidays, city breaks and even beach breaks that will create memorable experiences without breaking the bank.
There are websites, such as breaks.com, that are dedicated to researching UK city and coastal breaks to highlight places to stay, things to do and hidden gems that you would otherwise miss out on.
Taking away the travel expense of flights, baggage fees, airport parking, taxis and care hire allows holidaymakers to make the pennies stretch further. Using that money for days out, meals out or even to extend your stay without forking out more money! One of the main perks of a UK city break is that many museums and galleries throughout the country are free to enter. Whether you want to visit the Tate in Liverpool or the Science Museum in south west London’s museum hub then there is something for everyone.
The UK is steeped in history and is home to a capital city that attracts millions of visitors from around the world due to its iconic buildings, bridges and history and culture. With events on daily in major cities, search online to see if there are any music or theatre events on during the dates that you plan to visit. An event is a superb way to create extra special memories for the whole family.
If you are looking for some inspiration then start your search with the Lake District, Bath, Manchester, Liverpool and Cornwall. Make 2018 the year of the staycation!