When most of us are taken over by wanderlust, we dream of faraway lands, vibrant cultures, and balmy climates altogether different to our own. But with international travel temporarily on hold while the Covid-19 outbreak is brought under control, your best chance of getting away anytime soon may well be a staycation.
Thankfully, there’s plenty to like about exploring what’s on your doorstep. Convenience might be the first benefit that springs to mind – but there’s no need to compromise on adventure.
Read five perks of a staycation below.
Discover the beauty of your home country
How well do you really know the country you live in? If you spend the majority of your time living and working in one place, then holidaying abroad once or twice a year, chances are not very!
Perhaps there’s an area you’ve always been meaning to visit – or another that brings back fond memories of childhood. Try a serviced apartment in Liverpool, for example, and discover the home of the Beatles.
Save time and money on travel
The average delay across all flights leaving the UK is 16 minutes – but many of us will have experienced far worse. Then there’s the waiting around in duty-free with your money burning a hole in your pocket…
Most UK staycations on the other hand are likely to save you plenty of time and money on travel. You could save the spare change to fund another trip – or simply enjoy some extra spending money!
It’s easier to adjust
While many areas of the UK have unique personalities, you’re unlikely to face the same difficulties in adjusting as you might in another continent. There’s no language barrier to get over first of all – though you may have to get your ears around some new accents!
You also won’t need to allow time to recover from the long-haul flyer’s arch nemesis – jet lag.
You can support the local economy
You may already be endeavouring to shop local and support your local community. But what about the rest of the UK’s shops, eateries, and independent accommodations?
By spending money you would have otherwise spent abroad a little closer to home, you can help the various businesses hit by the recent drop in international tourism to keep going. You might discover some new favourites, too.
Home is never far away
If you’ve got commitments back home like children, grandparents, animals, or even friends in need, it can be reassuring to know that it’s easy to get back if you need to. You don’t need to wait around for return flights or shell out on new ones. Simply pack up your bags and get going.
If you’re staying particularly close by, you could even go home and back again without sacrificing too much of your holiday.
Can you see yourself enjoying a staycation this year?