I was astonished to see that on the basis of the Government announcement, on the easing of lockdown earlier this year, Easyjet reported a 600% rise in sales of flights. While I understand that the last year has left many itching for a trip to the sun or to explore a foreign city, there are some reasons why holidaying in the UK (or at home, wherever that might be for you) is a better option.
Getting away from it all
Having lived under some kind of restrictions for almost a year now, it might seem that the lifting of lockdowns and bans on travel is the thing we have all been waiting for. Suddenly, it looks like an opportunity to step away from the mundane neighbourhoods many have come to loath through their daily exercise walk. (Just to note, I am not in this camp! I am still very much enjoying pounding the pavements of East Manchester!)
Holidaying or not
The last year has given me plenty of time to look at the places I would like to visit going forwards. I received lots of amazing Pevsner architechure guides for my birthday last year, which I have been enjoying getting lost in. There’s nothing like virually wandering a city when you can’t travel.
I honestly don’t know whether I will holiday this year or not. While a trip away sounds lovely, at the moment I am looking forward to the simple experience of taking a train to somewhere like Birmingham, or Leeds, or Sheffield. All of which are under two hours away.
That being said, I have been looking at the odd place to stay on AirBnb. Nothing solid, but a fanciful glance while I am on the loo or waiting for the kettle to boil. you know the kind of thing.
Currently, I am thinking about Scotland. I’ve not been to Edinburgh for a long time and quite fancy some Scottish architecture for a change. I’d also be happy with a weekend in Morecambe or on the Wirral though.
Benefits to holidaying in the UK
It seems to me that with the influx of people rushing for holidays abroad (as well as the keeness on getting drunk with friends, that I have seen on social media) there might be some very clear advantages to holidaying in the UK during 2021.
I think that with so many people wanting to head for foreign climes, it opens up the opportunity to see more of our home country. I know that some of the more touristy spots will be busier than normal, but there are so many hidden gems that there is a clear chance that you can find some quiet seclusion. Or at least somewhere a little less packed.
I was asked this very question recently for an article by Ravenhall Country House Hotel and shared how I am also looking forward to supporting our home-grown tourist industry, which has taken somewhat of a battering in the last year. I have seen towns and cities pitching some great activities to draw us back to the highstreets and I am excited to check them out.
Other reasons to get holidaying in the UK
I really enjoyed the article and the other reasons for staying in the UK for your next holiday. Charlie and Lauren from Wanders and Warriers, also loved the idea of helping our own economy, Justine from Wanderers of the World reminded us about how to love the nature and natural environment is here in the UK. And she’s right, there are lots of amazing walks and hikes which take you away from your neighbourhood and whisk you away into the greenery and clouds.
Whether you are camping, staying in a self-catering apartment, or grabbing some luxury at a hotel or BnB, there is plenty to enjoy while holidaying in the UK. Plus, you can zip off at late notice and grab a last minute deal or two. Who could refuse?