5 reasons why you should consider a staycation

The second half of 2020 is going to be all about staycations. Staying in the UK for a holiday is becoming increasingly popular, especially after months of lockdown caused by COVID-19. Why should you consider it? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider taking a staycation.

A staycation in one of my favourite places, Polperro in Cornwall in October 2019

What is a staycation?

The definition of a staycation is a holiday spent in your home country rather than going abroad. Even though there are 4 nations within the United Kingdom, the staycation could include crossing a border or two. For example, I have friends just outside Glasgow who have no problem driving for 8 hours to get to Cardiff. However, I would find this a nightmare. I’m more than happy to meet them in the middle of England instead.

A staycation could also be defined as staying at home and taking day trips to local attractions or points of interest. It has also been referred to as a holistay.

Believe it or not, this picture of Conwy Castle was taken in December. I know it looks like the middle of summer, with those blue skies. The staycation was a Christmas visit to see my grandmother.

Why I am encouraging travel at this time

I know COVID-19 has been a scary time, and we are still concerned about getting ill, infecting our loved ones, and second and third waves. Hospitality has been one of the hardest-hit industries in the country, and it is one of the biggest employers in the UK.

Hotels, restaurants and tourist attraction employees already have reduced hours of work, and in some cases, there have been redundancies. Not only do staff want to pay their bills, without the worry, but they want to offer you a safe and secure service – an enjoyable stay.

Your hotel room is going to be clean, from fresh sheets to bathroom facilities and bleached door handles. Staff will be cleaning their workstations and wearing so much anti-bac that they permanently smell like a watered-down brewery. Before booking ask the team about their cleaning procedures to help put your mid at ease.

As much as we have all enjoyed exploring our local area more during the lockdown, it is time to start venturing a bit further afield. Planning and research is definitely the key, and if you do it all in advance when you’re there, all you need to do is enjoy the staycation. 

Exploring the Roman Walls in York on a staycation in February 2018

5 reasons why you should consider a staycation

  1. See more the UK – our country is full of natural beauty with surprising diversity, and an enormous amount of attractions to explore. You could choose a large city, a country retreat, or visit some of the 1,500 beaches in the UK
  2. Easy peasy – there’s no need for passports, visas, long airport waits, suitcase weight limits, language barriers or exchange rates. You can go from door to door in a matter of hours.
  3. Take your dog – leaving your pets behind when going away can be a real struggle. You’ll be surprised by how many dog-friendly accommodation providers there are. Experiencing a holiday with your beloved four-legged friends is the best!
  4. It’s greener – it’s no secret that aeroplane travel incurs a significant carbon footprint. Tourists have been jetting off to all corners of the planet for decades now. Still, it’s only recently that doubts have been cast about the ethical and environmental implications of this carefree attitude to air travel. If you’re worried about your car too, you can consider the train or bus network instead.
  5. Save money – choosing a staycation is going to come with monetary benefits. To start, you are not going to be paying plane fares and airport to resort transfers. You can indeed take a staycation on any level budget, but you can choose to camp, glamp or a caravan stay instead of 4 and 5-star hotels.
Visiting Plymouth, and seeing Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe, during a staycation in June 2019

Staycation planning tips

I recently wrote Staycation planning tips from an industry insider for House 21, the home of female blogging. Why am I qualified to give you staycation planning tips? By day I am a Marketing Manager for a hotel group and have worked in hospitality for nearly eight years. I have picked up lots of tips and tricks along the way.

It’s time to explore!

If lockdown has taught us anything, it is to value our local areas. Now we can go further afield, I think we will all appreciate how picturesque, historic and lively the UK is. It’s time to find out its secrets for ourselves. Enjoy your staycation!

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