Summer holidays are back on, but many people may be understandably reluctant to jet off to far-flung destinations. With uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a staycation. If you’re keen to take a break, here are some ideas.
Camping may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a lot to be said for enjoying the great outdoors and sleeping underneath the stars. Camping is a great option for groups and couples and it’s an excellent idea for travellers on a budget. The range of accommodation options has expanded rapidly in recent years, and you can now choose to pitch a tent on a campsite, hire a log cabin, a hut or a glamping pod, or rent a static caravan or a lodge for the weekend. Depending on how you want to spend your time, you can camp by the coast, set up camp close to a national park or escape it all off the beaten track. Use the web to browse locations and accommodation options and compare prices and don’t forget to pack layers, waterproof clothing, a sleeping bag, towels and a first aid kit.
There’s something magical about putting the out of office on and packing the car or filling your motorbike up and preparing to hit the open roads. Road trips are flexible and versatile, and you can create an itinerary that suits your preferences. Whether you want to drive for 2 hours or 8 hours, you want to relax and unwind or you’re keen to explore cities or try out al fresco activities, there’s something for everyone. If you are planning a road trip, check the condition of your car or bike, make sure you have a valid car insurance policy or comprehensive motorbike insurance, and plan your route. It’s a good idea to look for stop-off points along the way and to figure out where you’re going to stay and how much time you want to spend in the car.
You may conjure images of Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Venice when the words city and break are mentioned in the same sentence, but there are plenty of fabulous urban hotspots to explore closer to home. If you fancy seeing the sights and enjoying a cultural experience, why not plan a city break this summer? Popular options include London, Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, York and Cardiff. With a city break, you can shop, dine out, tour galleries and museums and visit local attractions. Before you book hotels or apartments, read reviews and check the Internet for details of opening times and tickets. If you plan to visit a museum, for example, there may be restrictions in place, so you may need to book a ticket online in advance.
The Coronavirus crisis has put travel plans on hold for many of us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some well-earned time off this summer. If you’re looking to stay closer to home, why not consider these staycation options? See the sights, hit the beach, set up camp under the stars or enjoy a good, old-fashioned road trip.
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