The staycation boom of the pandemic is predicted to continue into 2022. Research by Opinion Matters revealed that 83% of people who took a staycation in 2021 plan to book another for 2022.
The British weather doesn’t appear to be holding anyone back either – in fact, more than 1 in 5 staycationers are considering a ‘sleighcation’, which is a break during winter.
But how can you get the most out of your next staycation trip? Well, it’s all in the planning.
Choose your location
Consider the needs of everyone in your group. Where you decide to go could depend on who you’re travelling with. For example, families could choose a seaside resort like Cornwall or Bournemouth, whereas an active young couple might prefer a hiking trip in Snowdonia.
Remember that there are plenty of areas that offer a mix of experiences. For example, rural Suffolk provides access to the coast but has the convenience of fast train rides into London if you want to catch a West End show as part of your break.
Finding your accommodation
After choosing your destination, the next step is to find accommodation that you’ll be excited to visit. For some, this will mean high-end boutique hotels in Bath, while others might prefer the creature comforts of Suffolk country cottages UK self-catering accommodation. If you’d like to get back to nature, glamping or even camping are popular with staycationers.
Timing your break
Hoping for a bargain? It would be best to travel outside of peak season. This means avoiding school holidays and UK bank holidays.
If you want sunshine, then May is typically the warmest and driest month of the year. But the weather is unpredictable in the UK, and you can also enjoy glorious days in Spring and sometimes early Autumn. Equally, we’ve all experienced rainy August days! The best advice is to plan plenty of activities that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Booking leisure activities
There’s nothing worse than arriving on holiday and then discovering that everywhere is booked up. Especially during the pandemic when demand is high, and businesses have had to scale back their operations, it pays to make plans in advance.
If you’re hoping to dine out, then book a table at a nearby restaurant. Hoping to visit the local zoo or theme park? Make sure you check in advance to see if you need to book tickets before the day.
This doesn’t need to take the spontaneity out of your trip. Instead, it provides you with a fun itinerary to look forward to.
Don’t forget insurance
Unfortunately, we live in uncertain times. So, it’s always best to be prepared and arrange travel insurance in case your plans change unexpectedly. If you have a long road trip to your destination, it’s also wise to invest in breakdown insurance. Arrange your cover as soon as you book your UK staycation.