Staycations get a bad reputation, often dismissed as only being considered by those who can’t afford a “real” holiday. The snobbery is outlandish but very pervasive, potentially even swaying the minds of people who could really benefit from a staycation into venturing abroad instead.

Of course, there is the fact that a staycation is inherently more risky than going abroad. After all, abroad is where the sun is; not something you can guarantee around these parts much of the time. And besides, isn’t the whole point of a holiday to literally get away from everything? How can you do that if you’re still at home?

There’s so many varying perspectives on this one, so let’s break it down.

YAY!

A staycation gives you the chance to be a holidaymaker in your own land. No longer do you have to pass by the restaurants, day centres, museums, and fine dining that you see every day – you can experience them, immerse yourself as a tourist.

NAY!

You don’t get to see or do anything new. You might go to different places, but you still return to the same house you always do at night. That means you have to clean and maintain your home in the normal way – which doesn’t sound like much of a holiday!

YAY!

What if part of your gift to yourself for your holiday experience is a cleaner, to come and do maintenance while you’re out and about? It will still be more affordable than flying off somewhere and paying for a hotel, so it’s definitely worth a thought. You can get all the home comforts without the hassle of maintaining it – what could be better?

NAY!

There’s not enough to do in the UK! After you’ve done a couple of day trips to London and the like, you’ll run out of ideas and spend the entire time in front of the TV bickering with your family.

YAY!

There’s always more to do! For some reason, there is a belief that staying in the UK means doing nothing at all – as if this is not a country with a rich history and wonderful culture, just waiting to be explored. It takes relatively little effort to find local family days out that suit your budget and there’s always something going on somewhere. You don’t have to stay in your home city the whole time if you don’t want to – why not day trip to the beach or to a castle for a historical treat?

NAY!

The weather. You’re in the UK; you should know by now that even if you do manage to wake up to glorious sunshine, that doesn’t mean you won’t be caught in a torrential storm by lunchtime. It might even snow in the evening. The UK weather is volatile and you’d be mad to want to risk it.

YAY!

The UK weather may be volatile, but that doesn’t mean we don’t ever get long stretches of good weather. There’s also plenty of beautiful beaches to explain – especially if you’re willing to journey to Cornwall – which you can relax on with a cocktail in hand, just the way you would on a Caribbean island… and save a fortune doing it.


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