The Great British Staycation
Travel is an undeniably important and formative experiences. Travel takes us away from our comfort zone both physically and psychologically. When we’re outside of our natural environment we not only leave all of our cares and troubles at home, but our brains actually perform more efficiently. Our creative problem solving skills get better and we’re given a renewed sense of purpose and identity. Many of us scratch this itch with an unquenchable wanderlust that draws us to the furthest corners of the world. If you’re recently with child, however, you might be understandably apprehensive about taking them abroad. Worrying about how your bundle of joy will react to the local food, air and weather alongside the logistical complications of travelling abroad with a baby can give pause to many parents.
But just because you feel that an international holiday may not the best for your family right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time away (and give you and your significant other the rest and relaxation you richly deserve). In the wake of the Brexit decision, staycations are on the rise so let’s see why you can have a wonderful holiday without even leaving the country (I won’t even get political).
Why A Staycation Could Be For You..
It can be so much cheaper
Taking the car or the train can be infinitely cheaper than a flight. While UK hotels are not among the cheapest, you can still get some great deals if you book far enough in advance. Plus, you can save even more money by eschewing hotels altogether. Opting instead for Smart Holiday Rentals or even an AirBnB you can have a glorious self catering holiday home for a fraction of the cost of a hotel with better amenities. As with any sort of holiday the further in advance you book the more options you have available.
It can be far less stressful
You don’t need to worry about learning another language, nor need you be paranoid that you’re driving on the wrong side of the road. Travelling inside the country can give you the sense of adventure that you get from an international holiday with the familiarity of home making for a more relaxing experience.
We have glorious beaches and incredible scenery
The continental United Kingdom (that is to say England, Scotland and Wales) has some of the most incredible beaches in the world that easily hold their own against anything you’d find in Europe. You don’t even have to travel all the way down to Cornwall to see them either. The beautiful Crosby beach is located just north of Liverpool but is as secluded and whimsically beautiful as any on the planet. Or if you’re a surf junkie you might appreciate the choppier waters of Bamburgh in Northumberland. Be sure to check out the beautiful Roman castle while you’re there. If you’re looking for more rugged terrain the mountains of Scotland and Wales will rival anything you’ll climb in New Zealand.
You may be surprised at what’s on your doorstep
We’re a small island nation with a rich and dense history. Thus, no matter where you live in the country, the chances are there’s something of historical or cultural interest right on your doorstep. Sometimes you can have a vacation without even leaving your home. All you need is some time and a rough guide or even a little internet research.