Planning your post-lockdown summer escape
When Boris Johnson laid out the government’s new ‘roadmap’ to steer us towards the end of the third – and hopefully last – lockdown, travel companies and budget airlines immediately saw a surge in bookings as distant hopes of going on a long-awaited holiday became more of a reality.
Since the global pandemic began, travelling anywhere, even to visit friends and relatives a few miles away, has become fraught with difficulties. Tier restrictions, lockdowns and international travel bans have made travelling abroad even more so, and now there is the possibility of only being allowed to travel abroad with certain operators if you carry a COVID-19 vaccination ‘passport’, details of which are still being discussed.
So while many people are happy to go ahead booking a holiday abroad, it’s little wonder, with so much uncertainty around travel and entry requirements needed for different destinations, that so many people have chosen for the time being at least, to holiday in the UK.
The staycation conundrum
Despite the issues we are all currently facing, one of the least expected are the arguments around the definition of a ‘staycation’. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a staycation as ‘a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions’. To some a staycation is exactly that, staying at home. To others it’s renting a holiday cottage or B&B by the sea as far from home as possible without going abroad. In the long run it really doesn’t matter, and without question staycations and UK breaks are definitely on the up.
What the UK has to offer
With so many restrictions on our personal freedom over the past year, many of us have grown to appreciate just how much the UK has actually always had to offer in terms of diversity, culture, entertainment and natural beauty. Whether its seeing the architecture or enjoying the nightlife of great cities such as London, Manchester or Edinburgh, or walking on a Norfolk beach or hiking in the Lake District, without question it’s been a case of ‘you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone’…
The range of holiday options in the UK is growing year-on-year with good reason. You can choose from renting a cosy holiday cottage as a base for exploring local countryside or try something a little more adventurous such as a log cabin retreat or self-catering glamping break with private hot tub, outdoor fire-pit and wood-burning stove. (Top tip – don’t set fire to the tent.)
And with so many people having become pet owners in the last year your new four-legged friends can join you on your travels as well with plenty of pet-friendly accommodation available across the UK.
If the countryside doesn’t appeal, you can experience a city break instead. With pubs, restaurants and music venues due (hopefully) to reopen by mid-summer, everything from budget to boutique to luxury hotels will be more than happy to welcome customers back.
And if you’re staycationing at home but still looking for day trips out – you’re spoilt for choice. As attractions reopen there’s opportunities to visit any number of museums, stately homes, wildlife parks – the list is endless.
Why not indulge yourself with a trip to a spa for a day of pampering or meet up with others to enjoy an extra-special afternoon tea in a luxury hotel. Admire the views from the top of The Shard or from the London Eye or take a cruise on the River Thames on a day out in the capital. And, of course, you can just chill out in your own garden or local park and simply let the world pass you by…
When it comes to escaping the daily grind and to start enjoying some personal freedom once again, UK holiday destinations offer a range of incredible options that many of us may never have considered before. With all the uncertainty around holidaying abroad this summer, now is the time to explore what the UK has to offer in terms of history, culture, nature and more. There’s no need to miss out on a holiday this year – after all, you deserve it!