Are you constantly researching your next trip away and dreaming of exotic lands?
If your impatience is getting the better of you and you just cannot wait for your next trip, it's time to add a bit of travel into your schedule on a more regular basis... by exploring what's on your doorstep!
Staycations haven't become popular for nothing; many are realising they don't need to travel far to find a relaxing haven.
Read on for our reasons to embrace what your country has to offer.
1. You'll be pleasantly surprised
There is no denying the allure of far away places. Getting to experience different cultures and ways of life, trying new foods and drinks, and seeing remarkable sights... what's not to love?
Yet there's probably a great deal in your own home land that you will be pleasantly surprised by. The neighbourly feel of a small, rural village just an hour away or the cute town filled with boutique shops and cafes you've never heard of. Don't write off your home land as having nothing new for you to see.
The key is to get into the frame of mind of a tourist, how they would view your country and what they would get excited by. Why not get started by visiting your nearest tourist information office?
Who knows, you might find a few pleasantly surprising tourist hotspots in your country and develop a new-found love for the place!
2. You can cover a lot of ground on weekends off
Removing the hassle of actually getting to another country, all you have to do is plan your weekend out and you're ready to hop into the car/bus/train and off you go.
Chances are you'll already be semi-familiar with the whereabouts of the area you're travelling to so the fear of getting lost in a strange land is taken out of the equation.
3. No airport hassle
Let's be honest, airports are just a necessary evil of travel and most of the time feel like drawn out hassle more than anything else.
Not having to bend your plans around flight times and arriving to airports plenty of time in advance can be pretty liberating and opens up hours more fun!
4. It's easier to bring friends along
Have you been dying to organise a trip away with friends but it has just been too difficult to organise?
With conflicting work schedules and other commitments, organising a trip with friends can feel like a mammoth, stress-filled task. However, if you're exploring close to home you might finally be able to get that trip away organised with less stress, more freedom and zero hassle!
5. You'll feel those holiday vibes
It's amazing how a bit of free time, fresh air and great sights to take in can kindle those delightful holiday vibes.
You could be having a quiet coffee in a cute cafe or a run through a new nature spot you've discovered and suddenly realise how much you're enjoying yourself in a beautiful environment.
Because, isn't it that one of the most important benefits of travelling?
Spring is here, and the approach of holiday season has many of us thinking about our next trip away. But if the summer holidays are still feeling a little far off, you could always take a weekend getaway somewhere close to home.
If you need a few staycation ideas, here are some of the best places to visit in the South of England this spring…
With oodles of history, plenty of antique tea rooms, and a gorgeous skyline of honey-coloured Georgian buildings, Bath is perfect for a weekend getaway. Plus this is the home of Britain’s only natural thermal spa, so it’s ideal for relaxing.
The dramatic landscapes of Dartmoor National Park make a fantastic staycation idea for lovers of the great outdoors. Rolling moorlands, towering tors, and rich forests make this sweeping park a joy to explore.
Scilly Isles, Cornwall
About as far south as you can get, the Scilly Isles can be found just off the coast of Cornwall. So far south that they have their own microclimate, these islands are a gardener’s paradise.
Many of the flowers growing freely here can’t be found outside of a greenhouse on the mainland. Throw in some gorgeous local food and stunning, near-empty beaches and you have one amazing staycation!
A historic cathedral city in the southeast of England, Canterbury is famous for its medieval centre. Cobbled streets of timber-framed houses are encircled by ancient Roman walls. Whether you’re a history buff or not, this pretty city is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Since I grew up in Weymouth, I’m probably a little bit biased. But this is a lovely seaside town, and with plenty of holiday parks and B&B’s around it’s great for a cheap staycation. But don’t just take my word for it: the three mile stretch of golden sand in Weymouth Bay was recently voted the best beach in the UK and the ninth best in Europe.
South Downs, Hampshire
If you fancy a more active holiday or a bit of a challenge, why not consider taking on the South Downs Way?
It’s a 100 mile walking route through the gorgeous countryside of the South Downs National Park, one of the best places to visit in the South of England. Think stunning landscapes, top-notch country pubs, and plenty of picturesque villages.
Speaking of walking holidays, the coastal village of Lulworth is ideally placed for walks along Britain’s famous Jurassic Coast.
Lulworth Cove and neighbouring Durdle Dor are both geographic marvels, while nearby you’ll also find Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island, and the pretty village of Swanage with its steam railway.