Planning your British staycation

The economy hasn’t made the recovery we were promised, and one of the first things to go when we are tightening our belts and need to save money is our foreign holidays. While hotels in previous holiday hotspots may be running at half capacity and bars struggling for business, but in the UK business is booming, as more and more people begin to realise that our own country has an awful lot to offer the holidaymaker.

The most popular way of going on holiday in the UK is by car. This is also the most practical way as it eliminates the hassle of lugging cases and other paraphernalia on and off trains or buses, and once you are at your destination you also have the freedom to fully explore the area and get the most out of your trip.

Planning a holiday, or staycation, in the UK can be a lot of fun, but there are few fundamentals that shouldn’t be forgotten either. Whether you normally have it or not, breakdown cover is an essential item that you shouldn’t hit the motorway without. Your whole trip will be ruined if you break down hundreds of miles from home, so make sure you have a good cover sorted before you pull out of the drive.

The first thing you need to establish is where you want to go. Do you want to stay relatively close to home or get out there and explore parts of the UK where you have never ventured before. If you live in Warwickshire  for example, the rugged landscape of Scotland might be appealing, or the wild coastline of Yorkshire.

While a sat nav will get you from A to B in the quickest way, an online route planner will make your journey a lot more enjoyable than just being stuck on a motorway for hours on end. It will enable you to take in attractions in the counties between your home and destination, and regular stops along the way will go a long way to keeping any little ones amused in the back seat.

You may even decide to split the journey and stay overnight in a B&B on the way, this is a particularly good idea if you are making a very long journey, and gives you all a decent break. The idea of a holiday is to have fun and enjoy yourself, so the more time you put into planning it the more you will get out of it.