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4 tips for the perfect staycation

It’s a concept that has almost been forced upon us over the past eighteen months, but if truth be told, staycations have been around for oh-so-much longer. Sure, budget airlines may have ruled the roost for the past few decades, but more and more people are starting to favour home soil and take advantage of all of the perks that a staycation brings.

However, like any type of getaway, it has to be done right. Whether it’s Basingstoke or Bath, the same rules apply. As such, if you’re considering a staycation, or if you have already booked one, read on to find out the key tips that you should keep in mind.

Prepare well in advance

This first point couldn’t be more accurate in the current climate that we find ourselves in. With travel abroad somewhat up in the air (excuse the pun), it means that more and more people are considering a staycation. The result? Demand is going through the roof, and you need to book early.

It should also be highlighted that you’ll still have to contend with all of the other booking considerations that occur when you travel in ‘normal times’. For example, you might be staying on home soil, but that doesn’t mean to say that you’ll easily bag a fortnight in the middle of the school holidays. On the contrary, you’ll need to book a long time in advance to secure this.

Make sure your getaway is right for you

It’s easy to get swept away by the staycation hype. After all, who doesn’t want to spend a few days or a week a short drive away, enjoying the local cuisine, attractions and nightlife? But make sure you’re not doing it for the wrong reasons. What do you truly want to get out of your staycation? Is it a taste of the great outdoors? Well, it goes without saying that a city break in London probably isn’t going to be for you.

While the UK might have its critics (generally, for weather-related reasons), it does have variety. The trick is to make sure you make the most of this variety and ultimately tailor your staycation to your actual needs.

Keep an eye on the weather

Following on from the previous point, it won’t come as a surprise that we’re now going to move on to the W-word. Unfortunately, even if you’re travelling at the peak of summer, it just can’t be trusted. Even in the peak of summer, it’s not uncommon for entire weeks to be washouts. As we have already alluded to, planning a last-minute trip is somewhat out of the question at the moment, meaning that you need a Plan B up your sleeve. Generally, this will involve choosing a destination with nearby indoor attractions, but you may have to get a little creative on occasions.

Leave the phone at home

Finally, let’s move onto a simple hack. In short, leave your phone at home or, more practically, switch it off. Staycations are an excellent way to disconnect, and your mobile phone won’t assist with this in the slightest. Whether it’s Instagram or your work email, which are your weaknesses, try going without.