What are your plans for holidays this year? Are you flying off somewhere hot and exotic or are you planning on having a Staycation? A staycation if you aren’t sure what one is is a vacation where you stay put. Basically it’s a holiday in your home country. Stay + vacation = Staycation. You can either stay at home and be a tourist in your home town or stay elsewhere in another city or town in your home country. Here are my 9 reasons to have a staycation.
Having a staycation in the UK means that you won’t need a passport. That means no last minute panic at trying to find it, discover it’s about to expire and pay extra to have it delivered before you board your flight. Plus you don’t have the fear of losing it while on holiday. My cousin accidentally posted hers along with the postcards while on holiday one year and had to wait until the postman opened the postbox to get it back! She was panicking as it was the day before they were due to fly home. She’s more careful now when sending postcards ?!
Another advantage of a staycation is you don’t need to worry about changing currency and trying to figure out how much something costs in pounds when you are paying in dollars or euros. This is something I always struggle with as my mathematical skills are crap. A few times I’ve paid more for things than what I thought I had. One time in Malta I thought a carriage ride was £30 when actually I had in fact paid £60 for it!
Travelling in the UK means that there is no time zones to cross (no jet lag) or running between departure gates to catch your next flight (no stress). Plus if you are driving then you know which side of the road to drive on (no wondering if you are meant to be driving on the right or left side). There’s no change whatsoever when you don’t leave The British Isles!
Having a holiday in the UK means you won’t need to worry about unexpected charges such as bank fees for using your cards abroad, data roaming if you are uploading to Instagram or checking into places on Facebook, airport transfer fees or even excess baggage costs after buying All. The. Souvenirs. Everything costs the same when you are holidaying on home soil!
When you travel abroad you are restricted to a baggage allowance of around 23kgs but when you are travelling in your car then you can definitely squeeze in half your wardrobe, a high chair, buggy, 26173 toys, your laptop, camera and the kitchen sink in the boot of your car . Also you won’t need to worry about your luggage getting lost or valuables stolen when they are safely locked in your car boot.
Another advantage of a holiday in the UK is that your dog(s) can come too. No need to make sure their pet passport is valid, no frantically calling around kennels for spaces or missing them while you are away. Your canine companion can come along and join in the fun. Most UK towns and cities have dog friendly places to stay and visit.
While I will look for any excuse to buy new clothes for us, there’s no need to buy crochet bikinis (these would not be on my ‘to buy’ list anyway), kaftans or flip flops for a holiday in the UK as they will likely only be worn once every 20 years or so. Although at least that will mean by the time you can wear it again it will be back in fashion the way that fashion trends go! Instead whatever is in your wardrobe will be suitable. Only thing is you will just have to pack all of it to accommodate the unpredictable UK weather!
More and more people are becoming aware of the things that we do and how it is affects the planet. Long haul flights are one of these things as the planes emit large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2). Having a holiday here in the UK is more than likely better for the planet than you jetting off abroad as your carbon footprint is going to be much lower.
The UK is the world’s 6th biggest tourist destination according to Wikipedia , with over 40 million visitors in 2018. By holidaying here you are supporting local businesses as well as boosting the UK tourist industry . This means that you will be helping to create jobs and boosting economic growth in towns and cities across the UK. Plus there are lots of beautiful beaches and lovely cities to visit here in the UK.
So there’s my 9 reasons for having a staycation. Are there any reasons that you can think of for holidaying at home? Let me know below.