PLANNING THE PERFECT ‘STAYCATION’



If money is a little tight, then a holiday abroad might not be an option this year. While a bit of sun, sea and sand is undeniably lovely, holidays from home can actually be a whole lot of fun, and a lot less hassle too. 

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The benefits of ‘staycationing

The statistics speak for themselves – we’re fast becoming a nation of true staycationers. In fact, over half of us choose to spend our holidays right here in the UK, rather than venturing abroad. 

If you’re looking to enjoy a break from the comfort of your own home, here are a few tips to help you.

How to have a holiday from home – in style

• Plan it out. Book a week or two off work. Even if you’re not going anywhere, that doesn’t matter; this should still feel like a break. Start penciling in activities that you could do each day. Don’t feel like you have to plan it like a military operation – all you need are a few ideas at this stage.

• Get to the beach. It doesn’t matter that you won’t be soaking up the sun in Majorca this year, because you’ll be making the most of the amazing British beaches instead. Most of us are lucky in that we live relatively near to a beach. If the weather’s bad, that doesn’t matter. Fish and chips in a restaurant, then a walk in your wellies on the sand – it’s still great fun

• Shut down the emails. To make this feel like a proper holiday, it’s vital to switch off from work. Don’t open any work emails, and even more importantly, don’t reply to them.

• Set a budget. As with any form of holiday, it’s a wise idea to work out how much you can afford to spend. The great thing about staying at home is that you instantly save several hundreds of pounds on accommodation; which can be used to spend on other things instead, if you like.

• Identify some kid-friendly activities. See what’s on in your area. For example, a local attraction might have a few special events on over the summer, or there might be some free sessions at the nearby swimming pool. Get on the internet and do some research – it’s the quickest way to identify all your options. 

• Go out for the evening. If budget permits, treat yourselves to a few meals out, just as you might on holiday. Now is a great time to test out a new restaurant in the area, or venture a bit further afield on the train or bus. Make the effort to get dressed up too; even if it’s just a smart top, some make-up and a spray of lemon perfume. It doesn’t matter if the kids are up late – it’s a staycation, after all!  

• Play games. Whatever you do, resist the urge to slip back into your usual, everyday activities. Instead of watching television in the evening, get a few board games out, and get the whole family involved. Alternatively, go for an evening stroll, or take a drive to a nearby landmark or scenic spot. The main thing is to make this experience feel as much like a holiday as possible.



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