Staycation bookings in the UK have risen by almost a quarter since last year, according to The Independent. This means that, rather than planning trips abroad, more and more people are spending their holidays closer to home.
If you would rather skip the pricey plane journey and spend your summer exploring the UK instead, we want you to see the best it has to offer. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the five best ways to experience Britain’s bountiful treasures and hidden gems. Read on to find out more.
Go on a camping holiday
If you’re particularly outdoorsy, you won’t be a stranger to spending the odd night in a sleeping bag and tent. But, have you ever considered planning a tour of some the UK’s best-placed campsites?
Camping is a great option if you’re looking to spend up to a week away from home. And, whether you’re new to spending your nights under the stars, or your equipment could simply do with an update, you can pick up everything you need from a specialist camping shop like Blacks. While you can order everything online, we would recommend visiting a store so you can talk a sales assistant through your requirements.
There are thousands of camping sites located up and down the UK, which gives you plenty of freedom to plan your trip around the sights you would like to see. If you aren’t sure where to stay, Pitchup is a great website that can help you to find the perfect campsite in a region of your choice.
Take a hiking trip
We’ve previously written an article about how walking is the best exercise. So, not only are hiking trips ideal if you’re looking to explore our beautiful British countryside, but they’ll help to keep you fit too. If you aren’t a very confident hiker, a guided walking holiday could be perfect for you. They’re also ideal if you’re only planning a short break away and would like to meet new people with similar interests.
There are some absolutely stunning walks scattered across the UK, which means you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your destination. The Guardian has put together a guide to the top 10 walking weekends in the UK, which recommends various routes anywhere from the Lake District to the North Highlands. So, give it a read if you aren’t sure where you would like to go.
Invest in a motorhome
No other mode of transport or accommodation will give you the same level of freedom as a motorhome. Investing in one will give you the option of taking a road trip at the drop of a hat. Plus, they’re great if you like the idea of adventure and spending more time in nature, but don’t fancy sleeping on the floor of a tent.
With a motorhome or campervan, you can move between campsites with ease and explore as much of the UK as you’d like. Just remember that, like with any vehicle, it should be adequately insured. And, to avoid having to pay over the odds for any repairs your motorhome might need along the way, you should take out some extra cover like MB&G Direct’s lifetime warranty, which you can get for as little as £19 a month.
Plan a seaside holiday
The UK isn’t short of picturesque seaside towns, so why not make the most of the summer weather by planning a trip to the coast? Popular tourist destinations like Brighton and Cornwall are great choices if you would like to spend some time at the beach over the next few months, but they aren’t your only options. For example, Botany Bay in Broadstairs, Kent is absolutely stunning, while Bamburgh in Northumberland is beautiful and rich with history. So, whether you’re looking for somewhere you can sunbathe and read, or would like to learn the story of your destination, the UK will have the perfect seaside town for you.
If you’re interested in planning a coastal break, make things easy for yourself by enlisting the help of a specialist company like holidaycottages.co.uk. They offer both family- and dog-friendly accommodation. So, whoever you’re travelling with, you’ll be able to find a great place to stay.
Go city hopping
City hopping is popular among people travelling through mainland Europe, but it’s also a great way to see some of the UK’s most impressive sights in a short space of time.
The quickest and most convenient way to travel between Britain’s town and cities is by train, although this can get expensive so it’s wise to book your tickets in advance. And, when you’re planning a city hopping staycation, you should allow yourself around two or three days in each location, depending on how much you’re hoping to see.
If you’re interested in visiting some new cities but aren’t sure where to start, Skyscanner has put together a list of the best cities in Britain to visit in 2017 that will be able to help. It also outlines where you can stay, what there is to do, and the best way to travel. So, give it a read before you begin to plan your holiday.
And, there you have it: five of the best ways to explore what the UK had to offer this summer. Whether you decide to invest in a motorhome, take a trip to the seaside, or visit several cities in a week, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time.