The staycation – that is spending holidays in the UK, rather than abroad – have rocketed in popularity over the past few years. Data published in July 2015 by VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board, showed that the number of foreign trips Britons take is 16% lower than it was before the recession. Holidays in England, meanwhile, jumped by 12% between 2008 and 2013.
Reaping the many benefits
It’s easy to see why people are opting for staycations when you consider the many perks. Costs are kept to a minimum, and cutting air fares or long haul travel expenses means a bigger budget for day trips, treats and meals out. Travelling less distance is easier and more comfortable, especially if you’re travelling as a family with young children. The fact the world is better connected than ever before means that nobody has to forego their favourite hobby while away either. Laptops, Kindles and mobile phones allow staycationers to enjoy films, books and favourite pastimes such as computer games or gambling while on the road. Visiting Ladbrokes is an enjoyable option, allowing you to indulge your passion for online casino games while relaxing at your hotel or caravan in the UK. There are now more UK-based casinos online than ever before, so 24/7 entertainment is guaranteed.
World-famous attractions and hidden gems
Of course, as well as the comfort and ease associated with staycations, there are simply so many places worth seeing in the UK. While fine weather is not guaranteed, history, culture and natural beauty definitely are. The UK is home to an incredible range of sights, institutions and natural wonders. Cosmopolitan cities such as London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow offer culture, sightseeing and nights out by the bucketload. Some people choose to escape from it all, heading to pretty Sussex, the wild Highlands and islands of Scotland, or the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with surfing spots in Cornwall, mountain climbing in the Lake District or kayaking in one of Scotland’s many lochs all options.
Staycationers are spoilt for choice in the UK. And, with the chance of being on holiday mere hours after finishing work for the week, and no airport queues or delays, it’s easy to see why more and more people are choosing this type of holiday.