08/06/2018

Discovering Staycations in UK


Staycations, holistay, or stay at home vacations call it as you wish, is basically the concept of spending your holidays exploring your home country rather than going abroad. For the UK’s May bank holiday weekend of 2018 this is exactly what I did, I booked a charming, romantic cottage in Wales, which you should check out. 

What are the pros and cons of staycations? 

Easy to Plan 

Although staycations can be easy to plan I would add the following to that statement: if you have a car and can drive. I've found planning holidays in Scotland to places other than the main cities rather tricky because to get to most of the stunning locations you needed a car. This was definitely the case with getting to the cottage in Wales. 

I can agree that staycations are easy to plan but only if you are going to places that have convenient transport links or you can drive there. 

Hassle Free Money Exchange 

Unless you try to use Scottish money in England, only kidding… In the UK even though there is a single currency there are three banks that print their own designs, England, Scotland and Ireland, and even though they are all accepted in each country, not every resident is familiar with the different notes; the Bank of England note is the most widely recognised one. 

Reduced Travel Time 

This again depends on from where you are travelling to. On average I would say that it might be slightly quicker especially if you are travelling to popular destinations. However, sometimes it would be definitely quicker for me to travel from Aberdeen to Gdansk instead of travelling to Glasgow

More Convenient Travelling Time 

Most of the times, especially if you have a car, you can pack your bag and go so a weekend escape from the city is more real than ever. That’s definitely not the case when you are travelling abroad on a plane unless you have your own private jet. 

No Time Difference 

Always a winner for me! No jet lag means that I am not losing a day or more of my holidays just so that I adapt to the new time zone. 

Easier to Bring Pets 

I think one average that might be true especially if you do your homework and find accommodation that is happy for you to take your pooch with you. 

Quick Break 

You can be in for an awesome last minute spontaneous holiday and get yourself some deals and bargains. 

Language You Know 

Staycations would be the perfect choice if you are quite nervous about not understanding what the waitress is asking you or if the people behind you in the queue are laughing at your fashion sense. 

Are staycations for me? 

I will say that as with everything else if you want to you can get the most out of it and have the time of your life with a little bit of creativity and an open mind as the weather can be quite temperamental in the UK. Home or abroad both forms of holidays can be unforgettable! 

What are your thoughts about exploring your own country as a part of your holidays?
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  1. I love the idea of a staycation as it allows you to explore and admire your own country. I'm actually trying to plan a staycation in Brighton as i would love to explore the city more as i have only been once! Xx

    http://www.whattabithaloves.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Tabitha! Did you plan your staycations in Brighton? I've never been but a few of my friends are from there so I guess I will have a chance to visit at some point. :) x

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  2. Staycations are great! I do love to travel abroad but there are so many good things about staycations and I always consider both the UK and abroad when thinking about holidays. My sister hates to fly so she's a huge fan of a staycation, and there is so much beauty in the UK, in some places it even feels like you are abroad!

    Issy | MissIsGoode
    xx

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    1. What's your favourite place in UK? I want to discover new locations!

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  3. A great list about staying in your own country. I just think there are so many great places in the UK so sometimes it's just nice to explore the UK but it feels like a nice treat to go abroad.

    Kate xx
    www.mummywho.com

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    1. Awww Kate! I am so happy for you to be so happy to explore UK! I've had some mixed replies so far and it always makes me wonder why one would not be interested in their own country at all. Best Wishes, Iga x

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  4. I used to be a little mixed on staycations (probably just because I didn't really know what they were lol) but now I love them! The whole concept is great because you still get a break and feel relaxed but you don't have to go far or really put your life on hold at all.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Hi Julia! YEEEEES! Where is your favourite place for staycation? Best Wishes, Iga x

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  5. I’ve been thinking about doing more staycations next year, as it’s surprising how little I’ve explored the UK, and reading this has solidified my decision. Plus it would save so much money and time spent travelling!

    Lizzie Bee // www.hellolizziebee.com

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    1. Hi Lizzie, I am so glad! Uk is wonderful! The heatwave would be just perfect for staycations but I am sure we will get sun next year too! Where about are you based? Maybe I can give you a few inspirations :) Love, Iga

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  6. I love going away in the UK, it’s how I grew up. I love exploring new cities and new beach towns. So long as the weather doesn’t get in the way, I always find it super relaxing. And there’s still so much I’ve yet to see!

    Vicki | www.missviclb.co.uk

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    1. Hi Vicki, what is your favourite location in UK? I have to admit that Stonehaven will always have my heart! Love, Iga

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  7. I’ve always had satiations with my family and its always been so lovely. The less hassle the better and its so nice to explore the beautiful places that are close to home!

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    1. Hi Freya, agreed! I love that I do not have to wait for a plane and stress out if my suitcase will be with me during the flight or if was just this 1cm too big. Love, Iga

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  8. As much as I love going abroad and exploring new places I also love staycations! There are so many beautiful places to visit in the UK and like you've said they're a lot less hassle sometimes and being able to drive everywhere means you can explore a lot of different places like we went to Cornwall last year and stayed near Newquay but went to Lands End, St Ives and many other towns and beaches while we were there!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. Hi Jess, another aspect that I love is that staycations can be very last minute and I mean jumping into a car and booking accommodation on the way there. Wales are definitely still waiting for me to continue exploring them. Stunning location that just needs years to explore and appreciate it all. Love, Iga

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  9. Those ice creams look amazing! Although holidays abroad will always be my favourite, I do love mini city breaks to London and Summer trips to the coast! This is such a great list of benefits!
    Sophie - https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. Hi Sophie, we bought them from a little ice cream shop. They didn't have many flavours but the ones they did have... Oh my gosh! Delicious! Summer trips to the coast are on my list too. Brighton here I come! Love, Iga

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  10. I do enjoy a good trip abroad but after a spontaneous staycation with friends over the summer I've more recently been wanting to explore more of the UK. And your list even more so has made me want to see more :D There's so many lovely places out there with nice beaches and pretty countryside I have yet to discover haha!

    www.violetdaffodils.com
    xx

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