International travel and summer holidays are still up in the air at the moment for UK residents, and that means there is a high chance that people will need to holiday at home if they’re going to be in with a chance of having a getaway this year. Most people will be used to going abroad, so it might seem like a shock to the system to stay in the UK for a holiday.
If you’re looking at staying home for a holiday this year, here are some tips.
1. Book in advance
Lots of people believe holidaying in the UK is cheaper than it is abroad, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, it can turn out to be more expensive if you’re not savvy, especially when it comes to the time at which you book. Peak season in the UK is between the end of July and the start of September. During this time, you can expect to pay far more than at any other time of the year. Don’t get caught out. If you want to go on holiday at this time of year, it’s best to book well in advance, ideally a year if possible.
The uncertainty around travelling means most people will be booking last minute this year, but there are still ways to avoid the tourist season inflation, namely by choosing a location off the beaten path.
Places like Cornwall and Devon will be exceptionally busy during summer. They are amongst the most in demand UK holiday destinations. Whilst they’re beautiful destinations, there are many more stunning places in the UK, including in the Cotswolds, the Lake and Peak Districts, and the south east of England. Booking somewhere further afield and away from tourist hotspots will save you a penny or two.
The biggest expense you’ll find when going on a staycation in the UK will be finding somewhere to stay. The UK is well known for its caravan holidays, but there are many other options that you can try. Lodges are growing in popularity, as are Gypsy huts and shepherd’s huts. Yurts are also becoming more common, but do be aware that huts and lodges can cost a lot more than a caravan or a hotel. If money is tight, stick to a budget hotel or a caravan. They can be just as high spec and pleasant inside, and more often than not they’re in centralised locations which is great for days out and easy access to things.
There are many differences between international holidays and UK staycations, including food. If you’ve ever holidayed abroad, you’ve likely stayed in an all-inclusive resort where all meals, snacks and drinks are included, but this isn’t the standard in the UK. You will need to prepare your own food, and that means doing a weekly shop. It’s a good idea to budget for a few meals out, but to bring everything you can from home for breakfasts and lunches. By using what you have, you’ll be able to minimise trips to the shop and save money, and you can rest easy knowing that you have food on hand if anyone gets peckish between meals.
The great thing about UK holiday parks is that they have lots of facilities, and this means there’s plenty to keep children entertained. From swimming pools and arcades to playgrounds and live entertainment, a UK holiday offers so much to keep everyone busy. Take advantage of the onsite facilities and book a few days out. This way, you’ll be able to make the most of your time away and still see something new. After all, it’s not every day your children have a fully fledged kids club on their doorstep!
Are you going on a staycation this year? If so, what are your best tips?