3 Reasons Why We’ve Seen A Rise In Staycations In Recent Years
As Brits, we love our holidays in the sun and any excuse to lie on a beach, soak up some rays, and generally get some respite from grey, rainy Blighty. It’s a great way to de-stress, unwind, and just take some time for ourselves.
Exploring new countries is something that we love doing too, but it seems that in recent years we have actually developed quite the penchant for exploring our own, with more and more people choosing to shun the airport and plan a staycation instead.
But what has caused this surge in popularity? It’s likely that there are numerous factors in play, and we thought we’d take a look at three reasons why we think that more and more of us are choosing to keep it local when we want a break.
A holiday is something of a luxury purchase for most of us, and sadly in this current economic climate a lot of people simply cannot afford it or justify the cost. Other financial commitments such as getting a foot on the housing ladder have become a much greater priority now that they are much more difficult to achieve, and a staycation presents the perfect compromise.
While the costs of a holiday tend to spiral fairly quickly when you think about things beyond flights and accommodation, a staycation can be kept as low key as you need it to be. Abroad there are things like roaming charges, transport costs, credit and debit card fees, and of course the fact that you need to feed yourself for the duration of your holiday.
A staycation will still have some of these costs, of course, but there is far more scope to save money by staying with friends or relatives or opting for a simple camping trip somewhere local. You even have the freedom to plan your own food and bring it with you without worrying about getting it on the plane.
Lowering your carbon footprint
There is no doubt about it, climate change is happening and it is happening fast. 2018 saw a summer of heatwaves, wildfires and droughts across the world, and scientists are warning that we may be past the point of no return in just a few short years.
It is, therefore, more urgent than ever that we work towards reducing emissions and removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. While it is true that governments and experts must put in much of this work, with billions of humans on the earth, it is well worth reducing our individual emissions as much as possible.
Many individuals are becoming more environmentally conscious, and this means that more people are avoiding flying and trying to reduce their carbon footprint overall. One of the benefits of a staycation is that it is very easy to utilise existing public transport options to get around, with great transport links meaning you can reach some of the UK’s favourite destinations.
The natural beauty
It’s easy to take for granted just how much natural beauty the UK has to offer, and there is so much on our doorstep that it would be a shame to leave it unexplored. From the Lake District and the Highlands of Scotland down to Dartmoor and the Cornish coast, there is something for everybody whether you enjoy a beach to lounge around on or a mountain to hike up.
There are also plenty of cities to explore or historical sites to visit if that’s more your thing! Whatever your usual preferred type of holiday, you can be sure that the UK has something to offer that you will enjoy.