Top 5 Trip Ideas for a Staycation in the UK
After two years of pandemic blues, it’s time to get out of the house and go exploring! Where better to start than your own backyard? A staycation in the UK is an affordable way to satisfy your travel bug, and there are plenty of exciting things to do this year.
Surfing in Cornwall? Check. Glamping at a music fest? Done. Island hopping in Scotch country? Why not?
Even better, loads of deals are on to entice travelers to pack their bags. There’s never been a better time to enjoy a weekend away in the UK. Here are our most anticipated trips.
1. Hang 10 in Cornwall
There’s no need to cruise around the world to California or Sydney to catch some rays and ride some waves. Cornwall is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches—you’d swear you were basking on Mediterranean sand! And because it’s on the ocean, it’s perfect for surfing.
Been cooped up inside for the past 2 years? What better way to start the summer off right than by taking surfing lessons and exploring Cornwall’s seaside villages? We recommend St. Ives for the best harbour views, beaches, and Cornish culture. Oh, and don’t forget to fill up on pasties!
2. Glamping in the Southeast
Glamping is like camping but with a luxury makeover. Think of it like staying at a nice hotel, but when you leave your room, you’re in the heart of nature. Glamping is the perfect way to escape after a long travel dry spell. It allows you to explore the great outdoors without having to go full survivalist with open fires and shaky tent poles.
There are plenty of glamping opportunities in the Southeast, as Londoners are going wild over the new travel fad. One of the best opportunities is to combine your glamping trip with a music festival. The Into The Wild festival combines glamping and some of England’s hottest bands and DJs—all in the serene Buckinghamshire countryside.
3. Rediscover London
London might be the most obvious UK destination for a staycation, but now is the perfect time to visit the capital if you haven’t been in a while. Post-pandemic prices are very attractive as hotels and resorts attempt to lure tourists back. And, there are loads of exhibitions and festivals lined up this year.
Don’t miss a trip to London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Whether you’re a fan of the royals or not, the celebration offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness a “superbloom” at the Tower of London. That is, 20 million blooming flowers creating a multisensory experience never before seen in the city.
4. Drink up on the Scottish Isles
If you enjoy your culture in liquid form, you’ll find your fill in Scotland. Scotland’s whisky distilleries provide a warm welcome to travellers as well as a fascinating look at island life and Scottish history. As a bonus perk, the Scottish Isles are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes (and seascapes) in the UK.
For a hassle-free staycation, explore the Inner Hebrides, a group of islands near the mainland. Most are accessible by car, so hopping from one to the next is easy. If you’re just going for the scotch, make yourself comfy on the Isle of Islay, which is home to eight distilleries.
5. Autumn in North Wales
Want to skip the summer crowds? Planning a staycation in autumn won’t disappoint if you’re travelling to North Wales. This area, home to Snowdonia National Park, is known for having some of the most beautiful natural vistas in the country. In autumn, you’ll be greeted by a tapestry of colours as the leaves begin to turn.
The cool air and warm sun make for perfect hiking weather, and chilly (but not cold) evenings are ideal for campfires and hearty pub dinners. There’s no better escape than one that makes you feel right at home!
Your Staycation in the UK Awaits
The best thing about a staycation in the UK? You don’t have to do much before heading out the door and hitting the road. Your next staycation is as easy as shoving some clothes in your backpack and walking out your door. Where will you visit?
Don’t wait to get out and explore the UK this year, even if getting out means staying close to home!