Vacation smaycation…. Unless it’s a staycation! Wow, ok that was cheesy. We should really just stick to lending money…
Anyway, the UK has loads to offer when it comes to local holiday destinations (“Holistays”) and choosing to stay domestic could certainly save you some cash. As well as being one of the top tourist hotspots in the world, more and more Britons are choosing to Holiday in the UK rather than travelling overseas. The rise in popularity of so-called ‘staycations’ has been explained by the economic downturn of 2008, with 16% fewer trips abroad taken in 2014 than 2008, alongside a 12% rise in domestic holidays.(1)
So why should you choose to stay in the UK this summer and where are the best places to go?
The cheaper cost of a staycation is definitely a big plus. Staying in the UK means not having to worry about the expenses of travelling abroad, such as plane tickets, data roaming charges, travel to and from airports, pet sitting and travel insurance. Brits may also feel more comfortable self-catering in the UK, where they can buy ingredients they’re used to using at home.
What about the weather?
Okay, so the UK may not have the best weather in the world, but that shouldn’t deter you from your staycation mission.
If it’s dry, warm and sunny you’re looking for, we’d suggest avoiding the north-west and heading to the south-east. Faversham in Kent hold the UK’s heat record, where it reached a toasty 38.5oC on 10 August 2003. Meanwhile, Colchester and Ipswich nab the driest destinations, where rainfall averages less than 450mm a year. Finally, the clearest skies can be found on the Sussex coast, where Eastbourne and Bognor Regis frequently break annual sunshine records.
A bit of sun isn’t the only thing Brits look for in a staycation – there needs to be something to do as well, especially if kiddies are involved. With this in mind, we used some data from a recent survey to compile this interactive map of the top 10 staycation destinations in the UK, as chosen by you, the people.