Staycations: a 2018 guide

It is hard to ignore the rising trend of staycations in the UK. It is estimated that 93% of Brits will have at least one staycation in 2018 as we look to explore without leaving our island. Taken from the Oxford Dictionary, a Staycation is defined as:

A holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

We take a look at what makes a great staycation so that you can too can ride the staycation wave!

What do you want from your staycation?

The UK has so much to offer from fast-paced city breaks to countryside retreat so it is no wonder that people are holidaying closer to home. Before deciding where to go in the UK, you first need to decide what you are looking for from your trip. The core types of holiday in the UK are:

  • UK city break
  • UK seaside holiday
  • UK countryside break
  • UK festivals

If you are looking for sights and excitement then a UK city break is for you. Our top 5 picks for a UK city break in 2018 are:

  1. Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is an exceptional city to visit for culture, history and more. If you want to make the most of your time in Edinburgh then consider going during the Edinburgh Tattoo 2018 to experience this world-class month-long event in its 69th year. Fancy a luxury weekend in Edinburgh? Here are a selection of the best 5* hotels in Edinburgh that you should consider.
  2. London. It wouldn’t be right to have a list of the best UK city breaks without mentioning London. On a city break in London you will be spoilt for choice; music, art, culture, history, landmarks, food, drink and more are hard to rival anywhere in the world. The staycation drink of choice in the capital is, according to Wonga, Prosecco with an average spend of just over £20 per person! Have a glass of bubbly at the View From The Shard if you want to make your tipple even more special.
  3. Manchester. Book a trip to Manchester to explore this magnificent northern city that is home to Media City which provides a stark and impressive contrast to this historic city. Our guide to a Manchester city break will help you make the most of your staycation.

You don’t need to jet off to the Mediterranean to get your seaside holiday fix. Look closer to home and plan a break in Brighton. Jump aboard the i360 experience to get the best view in the city and pose next to the picture-perfect beach huts of Hove.

Brits spend £13 billion on staycations annually but you can save a few pennies on your holiday. Renting a cottage for your family and friends helps to keep the costs down while benefiting from the space that countryside cottages have to offer.

Devon is one of the most popular UK countryside staycation destinations and read our guide to Devon to find out why!

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