Staycations are on the rise as an increasing number of Brits begin to realise the outstanding wonders on their very own doorstep…
Research by Visit Britain has revealed that an increasing number of Brits are choosing to holiday in the UK. According to their figures, over 47 million staycations were taken during 2017 which was a 5% increase on the previous year.
So why is it that UK holidays are becoming such a popular alternative to breaks abroad? Here are the top 5 reasons why you may want to consider ditching your passport in 2019…
1. Save money
Uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the impact this is having on the economy means that holidaying abroad is becoming more and more expensive.
However, research by leading holiday park operator Darwin Escapes has revealed that the average family can enjoy 5 star UK breaks from as little as 50 pence per hour as opposed to fees of approximately £1.75 per hour which could be faced for 3 star accommodation in Majorca during peak periods.
This is available to anyone who takes the option of purchasing their own holiday home at one of their UK destinations such as the 5 star New Pines Holiday Home Park in North Wales. This cost has been calculated by looking at the maximum possible number of breaks that the average family could take over their 10 month open season.
Additional cost savings available to holiday home owners come via the activities and entertainment which are afforded, with the operator offering owners the chance to take advantage of daily activity programmes, children’s activities and evening entertainment as part of their annual site fees.
Also included in site fees is access to their on-site facilities which are made up of a tropically heated indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and all weather pitch. All of this helps you avoid expensive daily excursions, where costs can often mount up and create a larger financial burden than the cost of the accommodation itself; particularly for larger families.
Unquestionably the biggest headache associated with international travel are the stresses encountered at the airport.
The noisy and manic atmosphere does nothing to help you deal with the now rigorous check-in procedures and worries associated with what you can and can’t put in your hand luggage. This is in addition to frequent delays and occasional missing luggage scenarios which often take the shine off what should ideally be family time to savour.
Holidaying in the UK helps to cut this unwelcome aspect of your annual break out completely. Simply pack your bags and jump in the car as you head off for a welcome escape from the stresses of everyday life.
3. Natural wonders
Britain is home to some of the worlds most famous and beautiful natural wonders; something which the majority of us take for granted.
In total there are 46 officially recognised Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK just waiting to be explored! This includes the iconic Mendip Hills in Somerset where you will find the enchanting Cheddar Gorge and its world famous caves.
Another stunning location to visit is Dorset with its Jurassic Coast which became England’s first recognised World Heritage Site back in 2001. Offering breathtaking coastal walks, the Jurassic Coast is also great for history buffs with the coastline itself showcasing a 185 million year timeline of the Earth itself with its layers of sedimentary rock which highlight what the World was like all the way back to the Triassic period.
4. Travel back in time
One of the reasons most commonly cited by overseas tourists as their primary reason for visiting the UK are its historic places of interest, with Britain being awash with a plethora of castles, stately homes and religious buildings which are relics symbolising periods of our eclectic and rich history.
Holidaying in the UK would give you the opportunity to truly appreciate these attractions and learn a thing or two about our past in the process.
There are currently 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK, this includes the 11th Century Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, the Neolithic Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the Roman city of Bath in Somerset.
5. World famous attractions
In 2017 North Wales was named the 4th best place to visit in the whole world by recognised Travel Industry publication Lonely Planet!
One of the reasons given for its inclusion on the list, in addition to its historic manmade and natural wonders, was its wide range of visitor attractions which cater for all ages, interests and backgrounds.
This includes Surf Snowdonia and the FIA certified GYG Go-Karting facility for the adrenalin junkies, Great Orme Tramway and Manorafon Farm Park for kids, and a huge variety of scenic walking locations including the golden sands of Talacre Beach and the beautiful Bodnant Garden.