If we were to go back in time as little as ten years, “staycation” was a new term that was just gaining popularity in the UK thanks to a weak pound and rising holiday prices.
The travel landscape has definitely changed. When budget airlines first came to the scene, everyone was quick to take in all the low-cost flights that had historically never been available.
However, in recent times travelling abroad is nowhere near as popular as it once was, and in its place is the staycation. However, with more and more people choosing to holiday on home soil, people are finding it more difficult to switch off during their holidays.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the key thing to keep in mind the next time you take a staycation.
Be Shrewd About Your Choice of Area
When you jet off into the sunset, there’s a high chance that your destination of choice is going to be tourist-friendly. However, when you opt for a staycation, such guarantees are out of the window.
Therefore, you have to be really shrewd about where you choose to visit. While you don’t want to see flocks of tourists, at the same time you want sufficient activities to keep you and the family entertained.
For example, this is where somewhere like the Belfry, who is synonymous with golf, really comes into its own. It has the likes of golf, spa and other activities, whilst still being commutable to from major cities such as Birmingham ad Glasgow. Additionally, it has a range of activities and locations mean that whatever the weather, everyone will be catered for.
Be Wary About Your Phone Usage
Something that a lot of people fall victim to when it comes to these staycations is phone usage. In other words, because there are none of the dreaded roaming fees, we all feel an urge to stick to our phones more than usual and this dreaded smartphone addiction can wreak havoc with our ability to rest and relax on holiday.
From a work perspective, this obviously spells trouble. We’re more tempted than ever before to log onto emails, and before you know it, you’re effectively working remotely.
If you use a business phone, make sure it’s switched off or left at home altogether. If you don’t, at least try and resist the urge to log onto your webmail or anything else that is going to get you back into work-mode.
Be Wary About Prices
This is perhaps one of the biggest things you need to look out for when you venture on a staycation. There’s a common misconception that you will end up spending less money if you stay on home soil, but in some cases, this just doesn’t happen. In fact, a UK family staycation can end up costing you twice as much as a holiday abroad if you’re not careful.
In other words, just because you’re not jumping on a plane, don’t buy into the notion that you won’t pay through the nose for certain attractions and activities. Always stay on top of your budgets; if you don’t, costs can spiral out of control without you even realising.