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The staycation trend has been growing ever since the pandemic. Last year, over half of British holiday makers chose to holiday in the UK and it seems like it’s set to continue to be a popular choice for lots of us.
With the lovely weather we’ve been getting, there doesn’t seem such need to be jetting off, when there are so many great options closer to home that put less pressure on our pockets.
Staycations are simple: why not enjoy a holiday in your own country, or even your own city or town. You can explore your local attractions and uncover the hidden treasures around you.
This can be a great way to save money, and also save stress.
No rush to catch flights, no language barriers, and no currency exchange nightmares. It’s more eco friendly too!
Here are some great staycation options to get inspired.
Holiday at home
If your budget is stretched, you could try the original and classic staycation – holidaying in your very own home. No need to pack, just remember to relax and save the housework for later!
Take the time to explore the local attractions you might not have visited. Local walks, parks, picnics, museums, what is there around you that could be fun to take some time out and enjoy?
This is one of my favourites and we’ve done it quite a few times now. It’s a great way to have a low cost holiday and still be able to explore somewhere new, with no accommodation costs.
We love it because it means we are able to put more money towards things like visiting attractions and eating out. Plus, the other family are able to do the same, so it’s a win win!
Feeling a bit more rustic? Good old fashioned camping is another budget friendly option.
There’s something a bit magical about sleeping under the stars, cooking over a campfire, and waking up to the sounds of the ‘great outdoors’. Okay, there are those less fun bits, like stumbling around when you need to pee in the middle of the night, but it’s all part of the fun.
Camping just not your style? How about a static caravan?
These are mobile homes that stay in one location, typically in caravan parks or on dedicated caravan sites. They give you a home away from home, equipped with all your everyday comforts – cozy beds, a fully equipped kitchen, and often that all-important Wi-Fi connection for when you still want a bit of Netflix.
There are loads of holiday sites where you can book a stay in a static home, and lots of people are making the investment and buying their own, so they have a holiday home whenever they want.
You can find them in a range of settings, from right in the woods to seaside spots, so you can choose your perfect place. You can even rent them out when you’re not using them, and make back some money! Don’t forget about things like static caravan insurance and making sure you know of any additional costs such as ground rent.
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For those of us that just can’t keep still and love to travel, a touring caravan could be the ideal home away from home. Unlike static caravans, touring caravans are designed to be towed behind your vehicle, giving you the freedom to explore and change your scenery wherever you like.
Booking accommodation through Airbnb is another great staycation option.
If you love unique experiences and prefer not to compromise on creature comforts, there are so many choices for you on Airbnb. Hot tub cottage anyone?
From city apartments to cozy cottages, to unique stays in treehouses, there’s something for everyone. There are so many options to suit your style and budget.
Holiday from home
Staycations give us a new way of thinking about what it really means to ‘get away’, showing us that sometimes, the getaway we need is closer than we think. Whether it’s in a caravan nestled in nature, an Airbnb apartment in a city centre, or simply a tent under the stars, the perfect holiday could be just around the corner. And the best part? You won’t even need a passport.