You may have heard the term being thrown around a lot. It seems to be one of the words we’ve all become more accustomed to hearing during the pandemic. With travel abroad basically off the cards, holidaying right here in the UK is what most of us will be doing this summer. What is a staycation though? What actually does it mean? Let’s have a look.
The Dictionary Definition
So, what is a staycation? We might as well dive into the Oxford Dictionary to see what it defines staycation as. Well, here it is.
A holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
So, this sounds perfect during a period of time when we perhaps can’t physically be ‘leaving on a jet plane’. It doesn’t just have to be for the here and now though. There are loads of amazing places right here in our own country which are worth exploring. Places we will have never seen on our home turf. Some might not even that far from our front door, others may be a good drive away! A staycation could be the very thing you need to open your eyes to the wonder of the country we inhabit.
Now we’ve answered the question of what is a staycation, we can now figure out where we can visit or head to during our downtime. Let’s explore the UK and look at what’s a few miles from our doorstep and what’s a little further afield too.
Keep It Local
There are many benefits of keeping it local with your staycation. Keep your home as a base and simply head out every day. You don’t have to go far to have a good time. The nearest beach, the closest nature reserve or another tourist attraction you’ve never really thought about checking out.
You don’t have far to travel, you can enjoy days out without having to sit in a car for hours on end and you know, at the end of the day, you can slump back into the comfort of your own bed. You could order for your favourite takeaways, enjoy relaxing days just walking around your local area in the sunshine. This would help you on the road to appreciating where you live. Holidays don’t have to be all about the dream destination, it can be just looking at where you’re already at that little bit differently.
Stick A Pin In The Map
Maybe you’re not quite sure where to head to in our wonderful country? Perhaps there are just too many places which pique your interest. If this is the case, write them down or just stick a pin in the map. Find an Airbnb or a holiday cottage and explore somewhere brand new. It could be North Wales, the Jurassic Coast, maybe even a city break. Your staycation could open up a location that you’d actually like to return to over and over again. Forget the South of France, we’ve got Cornwall!
Plan A Roadtrip
How about taking a couple of weeks and just exploring the country? You can pack the car and just drive. Throw the tent in the boot and stop off at campsites on your way. You could even do some car camping if you check local overnight bylaws before you pull up. With this in mind, you could explore a specific county and all it offers, or maybe even take on the UK’s answer to Route 66. The NC500 (North Coast 500) winds you around the coast of Scotland, taking in spectacular views and culture.
Your Staycation Is Your Own
The bottom line is making your staycation unique and enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be some huge adventure, or it could be. It might be getting away from the same place and people you see all the time, or maybe it’s just enjoying some distraction-free time with your loved ones. Whatever your staycation holds, make it memorable and enjoy the break.