Whether you can’t get leave from work, hate flying or just don’t have the funds to, you could join millions of Britons this summer and enjoy a staycation. The beauty of a staycation is that you can enjoy all the fun and frolics of a regular vacation, but without having to travel far and wide. No jet lag, no international SIM cards, no flight delays with hangry children, plus you’ll save a tonne of time and money.
No jet lag, no international SIM cards, no flight delays
So who says you can’t have the holistay of your life? Delete the Skyscanner app from your phone because Britain is the place to be for this year’s staycation. Here’s why…
Travel with ease
There’s no crossing over into different time zones and jumbling up your sleep patterns, no planes to board, no having to pick up a hire car, and then having to keep reminding yourself which side of the road to drive on. There’s no watching a carousel of other people’s luggage while you wait to find out whether yours boarded a different plane. A seaside staycation can be as simple as just packing up the car and the family for a relaxing road trip.
Find your spot of sunshine
Forget the reputation for grey skies and rain-lashed beaches – the UK can, just occasionally, really get its heat mojo working. On your staycation dedicate the morning of a whole week to sunbathing duties and you’ll set yourself up for the day once you’ve got that vital dose of vitamin D. Treat the situation like you’re abroad – bring a great book, a rocking swim costume, and make a holiday playlist.
Enjoys Britain’s best local seafood
New research from Booking.com found over half (51%) of global travellers are likely to seek out local street food markets this year, which is a great way to try local food. If you’re looking to be budget friendly on your seaside staycation, then why not check out your seaside staycations local fish mongers and markets?
Family bonding in Britain’s gorgeous nature
Britain’s seaside retreats are full of scenic corners. You can even make a full-on weekend out of your outdoor family experiences if you pick the right property! Travelling as a family is great for social bonding as 23% of travellers became closer to their family and more than one in five made long-lasting friendships on vacation (22%).
Budget friendly stays
Choosing a staycation comes with monetary benefits too! You will no longer need to look at buying tickets for long-haul flights and arrange for travel to/from the airport. All you have to do is get into the car and drive. Double check your property offers free parking – most of Booking.com seaside staycations do! Even if you’re a spend thrift, remember, staycations do come in all sorts and sizes.
1Cooper Horse Cottages
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
This cosy three bed cottage is perfect for any family holiday. The Copper Horse Cottage is gorgeously decorated to make travellers feel at home while tucked away by the sea. This property offers both a large living room and a large kitchen ideal for playing board games and cooking an family feast.
Guest Review 8.9/10
2The Broadwater Guest House
The Broadwater Guesthose is a staycation made easy! This property offers an affordable delicious breakfast each mornign before guest head out to explore the gorgeous beaches of Lancashire.
Guest Review 9.8/10
3Cameron House on Loch Lomond
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire
To experience Loch Lomond in its entirety, opt for a stay at Cameron House. Located on the shores of Loch Lomond, the hotel has its own boat, the Celtic Warrior, for daily excursions over the vast expanse of water. This 5-star hotel offers a golf course, rooftop infinity pools with views over the loch and four restaurants, including Martin Wishart’s Michelin-starred offering.
Guest Review 8.5/10
4Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Restaurant
Only a 30-minute drive from the Eilean Donan Castle is the Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Restaurant located on the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the picturesque drive across Skye Bridge before admiring the impressive architecture of the 13th century castle. The hotel is located in a former 17th Century hunting lodge in beautifully quiet surroundings. Featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant serving only the freshest local product, this 4-star hotel is perfect for those wanting to explore the historic castle as well as the surrounding scenic areas.
Guest Review 9.1/10
5The Charm Brighton Boutique Hotel
Brighton, East Sussex
Situated in Brighton’s fabulous Kemptown, this boutique hotel is just a 2-minutes’ walk from the beach and a 5-minute walk from the famous pier. The Charm Hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience.
Guest Review 9.4/10
6Langstone Cliff Hotel
Immersed within 19 acres of child-friendly woodland on the beautiful Jurassic coast, this family-run hotel boasts magnificent views over the golden sandy beaches and Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve.
Guest Review 8.8/10
7The Woodlands Hotel
Ideally situated on Sidmouth beach, the Woodlands hotel is at the gateway to the Jurassic coast. This market town offers numerous walking trails through the surrounding countryside, towards the coastline.
Guest Review 9/10