Staycation Guide: 5 Places In The UK That Will Make You Feel You Are Abroad

Staycations are again on the rise more, and more Brits are deciding to stay home for their holidays. But where in the UK should you go if you have never had a staycation before or fancy trying something new? Here is my staycation guide is here to help.

The UK is a dynamic place full of history, natural beauty, dramatic coastlines and historical cities. Every corner has such an individual identity that no two places are alike. Some UK destinations might even give you a little taste of Europe! Here is how:

Love The Algarve? Try Devon

Branded “the English Riviera”, Devon is fantastic for families and beach holidays. It is also home to five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, UNESCO Sites and Natural Parks.

For a cultural city break, try Plymouth or Exeter, both rich in Roman history. It it’s the relaxed coastal life you want, try South Devon. For surfing, go for North Devon and Exmoor. And for the true Riviera experience, try Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham. There are also many smaller towns and villages worth exploring if you fancy going for a drive.

Love Tuscany? Try Lancashire, Yorkshire And Cumbria

North West England and the region of Tuscany in Italy share two things in common: beautiful green panoramic views and maxing food.

Famous for its artisan food, locally sourced produce and niche eateries, the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, will entice any foodie traveler with their food festivals and farm shops galore. To work up an appetite, you can visit the castles, museums, theatres or seafront towns or you can go hiking and take in scenery so beautiful that Queen Elizabeth is reported to have said she would like to retire here.

For more active travelers, highlights are the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines and the Lake District, where you can try all sorts of sports from golfing to sailing and paragliding. For those wanting a peaceful hideaway, try smaller market towns such as Kirby Lansdale, Hebden Bridge or Clitheroe. And if it’s a sea you seek, try Whitby, Scarborough or Lytham St Annes.

Love Switzerland? Try Scotland

If you a partial to mountain ranges, lakes and a pair of skis, then Scotland is the perfect staycation for you. With beautiful scenery, imposing castles and interesting cities thrown in for good measure, both Switzerland and Scotland will give you jaw-dropping views. Switzerland has some of the most famous ski resorts in the world, Scotland has the best ski resorts in the UK. The Swiss have the alphorn and Schnapps; the Scots have the bagpipe and their world-famous Scotch whisky. Hell, the Scottish accent might even make you feel you’re abroad!

Jokes aside, Scotland is indeed a beautiful country, with intriguing and grand history, beautiful landscape and stunning natural reserves. Even Her Majesty has a residence here, Balmoral Castle. For a city break, both Glasgow and Edinburgh are famous for their nightlife and culture. And if you like to drive, we would highly recommend the drive from Glasgow to Dundee. The views are to die for.

Love Rome? Try York

The Italian city of Rome is one of the most famous destinations in Europe, known worldwide for its rich history and vibrant culture. In the UK we have our little version thanks to the Romans themselves.

Although York existed as a settlement before the Roman invasion, it was during that period that it was declared a city of importance. Constantine the Great was proclaimed a Roman Emperor here. Even going out for a pint will yield a history lesson in pubs that used to be churches or monasteries. In recent years, York has become famous for its retail and nightlife as well as its history, and although it’s much smaller than Rome, you will have plenty to do and see.

Love Berlin? Try Liverpool

Berlin and Liverpool share many commonalities. Both have witnessed their fair share of political and social change, but are today UNESCO Heritage Sites and European Capitals of Culture.

In the UK, Liverpool is the city with the most galleries and national museums outside of London. The birthplace of the Beatles, it also boasts a very strong art scene. On a more outrageous note, it has been said that the Liverpudlian velvet tracksuit is as infamous as the German beach thong! Liverpool is a vibrant and dynamic city, ideal for any art, fashion or music lover.

Family Vacation Packages Guide – Where Are Some Nice, Affordable Places to Go on a Family Trip?

There are plenty of nice places that offer something fun for every member of the family, from the youngest kids to the oldest great-grandparents. There are some affordable places too. Even if you have a large family, you should still be able to obtain discounts. Family vacation packages tend to offer “Kids Eat Free” deals, supervised kids programs, spacious rooms, and free activities that will appeal to everyone.

Here are a few affordable destinations that have family-friendly resorts:

Yellowstone National Park

While there are inns and lodging options around the Yellowstone area, there are also plenty of campgrounds. Just bring your own tents and enjoy the great outdoors. You have 2.2 million acres to explore. Go along some trails and try to catch glimpses of elk and buffalo.

Virginia Beach

If possible, visit in either the fall or winter when hotel rates are at their lowest. Family vacation packages at Virginia Beach are available at various hotels and resorts. There are also options for vacation rentals if you want your own kitchen.

Trinidad and Tobago

This is one of the more affordable family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. You actually get two islands to explore and a variety of beach and mountain activities. Head to Invaders Steel Pan Yard to check out performances by steel pan bans. Another fun attraction is Tobago Cocoa Estate, where you and your kids can learn all about chocolate.

Breckenridge, CO

How about family vacation packages at a ski destination? “Breck” offers world-class skiing for all ages and all levels. There is also plenty to do in the historic downtown area. You could go during the summer and enjoy some hiking, zipping, climbing, etc. It is both the ultimate winter AND summer playground.

St. Petersburg, FL

There are 30+ quality family resorts in this Florida city. For cultural attractions, stay in the downtown area. For days of fun in the sun, grab a beach resort. Hotels in St. Petersburg have an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In addition to nice accommodation, there is also plenty of shopping and dining.

Barcelona, Spain

If you think you can afford a European trip, Barcelona might be the city for you. There are some reasonably-priced family vacation packages. Not only is it a beautiful city, it is filled with tons of fun activities for kids and adults both. There are 500+ family-friendly hotels to choose from. Plus, it can be an educational experience for teens taking Spanish classes.

These are just a few ideas to help your family get started with the plans. Make a list of places everyone wants to visit and check out family vacation packages to see what all is available.

Use online websites to do your research on these destinations as well as others. It’s easy to find affordable family vacation packages with the site’s search tools. You can also simply browse to find out what all is available right now. Don’t forget to apply online promo codes when booking your trip.