Wednesday 17 August 2022

Staycation or Foreign Travel?

In Collaboration 

Holiday's abroad are nice there is no denying it, guaranteed sunshine, splashing in the pool, lying on a beach and exploring new places with your family. However they can also be rather stressful - this year more so than ever! Passport delays, flight delays, holiday's being cancelled, sunbed wars and extra entry requirements and testing due to the pandemic and Brexit. There is not a day goes by without travel chaos being in the news recently. 

 This year we are not having a foreign holiday, in fact we haven't been abroad for a few years as they kept getting cancelled due to restrictions at the time. So we are having a few UK staycations instead and you know what the UK actually has a lot to offer. 

Amble harbour, Northumberland

The UK may not always have the best weather but this year we have been lucky enough to enjoy some gorgeous sunny days with temperatures topping popular holiday destinations such as Spain. We have some beautiful beaches, tons of historical places to explore, theme parks, countryside and some pretty cool cities full of culture. 

Start Rite have a great article called Plane or Train that compares UK staycations with foreign alternatives and it is well worth a read,  I have to say I agree with a lot of what they say. 

Here in the North East for example we have some absolutely beautiful beaches with seven of them having blue flag status. In Northumberland there is so many beaches that sometimes you have the whole beach to yourself, plus there is not many places you can play on a beach overlooked by a castle but you can at Bamburgh, Northumberland. 

anlwick castle northumberland

We have so much history from castles, Hadrian's wall, gardens, palaces and attractions to explore. We have enjoyed a Harry Potter inspired stay in Northumberland, country breaks in Yorkshire and even visited Butlins recently which I thought I would hate but actually really enjoyed! 

Don't get me wrong we will still have holidays abroad and are going to Greece next year. However we have so many more UK breaks planned as we want to show our children more of the country we live in. We are planning a staycation  in the lakes with our dogs, the children want to visit Loch Ness and explore Scotland more and we have trips to London and Harry Potter world planned. 

What do you prefer train or plane, UK staycations or foreign holidays? 


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