For those who have yet to swap their annual vacation for a staycation, here is a little information about what staycations are and why they are now becoming popular in the UK. Many people forget that even though the UK is small when compared to the rest of the world, it has a wonderfully diverse range of landscapes, including coasts, mountains, lakes, downs, highlands and lowlands. This is just one reason why people are choosing staycations over holidays abroad.
For those planning to stay in the UK, annual holiday insurance is still advisable, especially if the trip needs cancelling for any reason.
With the cost of living continuing to rise, more people are unable to spend money on holidays and luxury items, especially those with families. This is another reason why staycations are becoming popular. In the last few years, camping has had a revival, especially as a cost-effective and green way for families to take their summer holiday. There are organisations within the UK that run a number of campsites across the UK and it is worth considering joining one of these to get access to the campsites.
It is possible to hire tents and other camping gear and it may be worth speaking to friends to see if they have equipment available to borrow, as this keeps costs down. Anyone who is camping in the UK should still take out an annual holiday insurance policy. This is available for couples and families and can protect against the cost of illness and damage to or theft of equipment and other items while camping.
For those who choose to camp, the costs of eating out are kept to a minimum as the food for the holiday can be either taken to the campsite or bought at a the nearest supermarket. Camping also offers opportunities to explore the local area on foot, an experience rarely available in busy lives.
Along with camping, another environmentally friendly way to explore the UK is by water. There are opportunities for boating trips across the country, whether on a small boat or a full-sized 70ft narrowboat. Staying in Britain also means that expensive flights are not required, which also helps to reduce the carbon footprint from travelling.
Keep an eye out for deals on train fares. For those who book in advance there are often cheaper deals available to popular destinations. Young children are also able to travel at a discounted fare, or even free with adults. With petrol prices continuing to rise, train journeys can cost considerably less than car journeys, as well as helping to reduce carbon emissions.
If you do prefer the comfort of a hotel, then it is worth checking out the best deals on the internet. Waiting until just before the start of a holiday can often secure a better late deal in many hotels. Recent schemes have been unveiled offering up to 20 per cent discount on bills at certain destinations. Not only is this a discount for accommodation, but also for tours and entry to a number of popular attractions. This means that 2012 really is the year for making the most of a staycation.
Many people do forget what the UK has to offer and a staycation certainly does offer that perfect opportunity to not only visit long-forgotten favourites, but to also experience new destinations.