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How to Make the Most of a Staycation


Airports might be open again but it’s understandable to be extra cautious about where we travel this summer. If that sounds like you, it might be the best time to ditch the cramped plane seat and jump aboard for a fabulous staycation.

To help you explore Britain this summer, this guide is packed with tips that will help you create the perfect getaway without straying too far from home and getting more out of your staycation.

Where you headed?

Narrowing down this big question is the first challenge of any holiday, and staycations are no different. There are loads of places in Britain that offer incredible experiences, but we’ve narrowed it down to a couple of fabulous destinations that are a short drive from London.

Get Back to Nature

First up is the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. This gorgeous little island offers dozens of campsites, picturesque views, and a proper taste of the great British holidays of old. There’s miles of dramatic coastline and a beautiful national park to explore and really get you back to nature. Best of all it’s only an hour and a half away from the capital which makes it perfect making the most of an impromptu long weekend staycation this summer.

Hop in a Time Machine

East Sussex has a bit of everything when it comes to a relaxing break. There are quaint seaside towns, old fashioned villages, grand castles, and loads of verdant countryside to wander away the days. This fantastic mix of nature reserves and historical sites sits two hours away from London which means you won’t have to keep the kids quiet in the backseat for too long.

Rocking Through Summer

Suffolk is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to have a fun packed escape from the everyday. You’ll find loads of stunning campsites set in idyllic countryside that are perfect for a summer de-stress. But the real draw of a Suffolk stay is the buzzing festival scene and there are loads of them. Whether it’s Red Rooster for some Blues and R&B, Aldeburgh with it’s highbrow exploration of classical music and dance, or Latitude with it’s stellar line up artists, there’s a weekend for everyone in Suffolk.

Once you have put a pin in the map and finally finalised your destination, you need to decide what kind of holiday you want. Are you a lady of leisure that wants a taste of the things, or are you a more back to basics kind of person? Here we’ve focused on the back to basics holidays because we love feeling grass between our toes and getting lost in the woods while on our staycation. 

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Rain or Shine, It’s Caravan Time

The caravan holiday is a classic, but if you think it’s all dreary rain and infuriatingly cheery entertainers, well you might be right, but there’s wonderful charm to these traditional British getaways that more than makes up for a bit of drizzle.

Location, Location, Location

The most essential aspect of any caravan holiday is location. There’s not much worse than booking your room that’s a ‘short walk from the beach’ and discovering, after a cramp inducing hike, that a short walk for is now a 5-mile trek through cow pat minefields. Do your research, get google maps out, and make sure right next to the beach means just that before you book.

Meal Time Memories

The beauty of a caravan holiday is the absolute freedom. But with great freedom comes great mealtime responsibility, and you’ll have to cook for yourself. Make sure you know what is inside you home away from home, and stock up accordingly. Don’t forget things like condiments, washing up liquid, and cleaning supplies. It’s the little things that are easy to forget and the most frustrating when they’re left behind. Make your list and check it twice.

Spacial Awareness

This isn’t going to be a hotel room and you need to pack accordingly. You’re not going to fit three suitcases with all your makeup, curlers, and tongs. Only take the essentials with and maximise the space. Think about what you’re likely to be doing while your away and pack for that, and only that. He doesn’t need all his products either.

Suggested Shopping for Caravan Holidays:

Haven – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/haven-holidays

Pontins – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/pontins

GoOutdoors – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/go-outdoors

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Life is Better Around a Campfire

Camping trips are a fantastic way to pack in the quality time and breathe in the freshest air. Taking yourself closer to nature is a fantastic way to of unwinding the ball of stress that builds throughout the year. But it’s a fine line between an idyllic escape in the wilderness and a nightmare lost in the wild. These tips will help you have a fabulous staycation and get a breath of fresh air in your soul.

Creature Comforts

If this will be your first camping trip, we recommend you make yourself as comfortable as possible. If you wake up after your first night in the tent with your back in pieces, you’re probably not going to love camping. Make sure you pick up a roll mat or inflatable bed, camping chairs, and travel kettles for your morning brew. It’s worth packing everything it takes to keep you relaxed, but remember you need to carry and set up all your gear.

Leave the Electronics Behind

Camping is all about getting back to basics and enjoy a break from the hectic modern world. You won’t do that if you’re checking your emails on your tablet or scrolling through your social media. One of the key things you can do to make the most you time in the woods is to ditch the electronics. And if that sentence gave you a shuddered, we feel you. Phones have become like an extra limb but leaving it behind for a few days is liberating. You’ll thank us for it, after day 2.

Prepare to Succeed

There’s a big difference in going camping at Snowdonia and the Lake District and sometime, no matter how much you look at the weather, there are surprises. Take waterproofs, layers, and invest in a quality sleeping to see out a variety of weather. Things can change quickly on the side of a mountain and being caught cold can turn dangerous real fast. The reassurance of having the kit is worth the cost on its own and prepared camper is a happy camper.

Suggested Shopping for Camping Holidays:

Cotswold Outdoors – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/cotswold-outdoor

Blacks – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/cotswold-outdoor

Millets – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/millets

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Happy Glamping

If you like the sound of getting back to nature but don’t fancy sleeping on the ground, a glamping trip will make for a perfect staycation. You get to enjoy all the soothing parts of camping and sleep in a comfy bed with a log fire.

Into the Wild

To get the most out of your glamping experience remember that you’ve gone back to nature for a reason. You might want a comfy night’s sleep, but the call of the wild has been heard. Enjoy the outdoors while you’re away by hiking, exploring the woods, or examining rockpools. There is plenty of time to hit the playgrounds, or pubs, but the freedom of the outside world are what it’s all about and it’ll be like a breath of fresh air for your life.

Dine Under the Stars

Since you’re out exploring the world all day, it’s never been a better time to embrace alfresco dining. You’ll love how the dynamics of dinner time change when everyone is together in the fresh air. For best results, cook up hearty meals in one pot that friends and family can gather round and tuck in when they like. 

Let Everything Go

The most important thing to remember when you’re glamping is to relax. It’s easy to try and pack as much as possible into short breaks, but glamping should be about slowing the pace. Ditch the itinerary, let the kids take an age getting ready in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee in the crisp air. This is a time for uber-chill and all real-world stress should be locked in the car.

Suggested Shopping for Glamping Holidays:

Booking.com – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/booking.com-vouchers

Virgin Experience Days – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/virgin-experience-days

Winfields Outdoors – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/winfields-megastore

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Wherever you staycation this summer, stay safe and give us some wanderlust inspiration by letting us know in the comments where you went and how fabulous it was.

Ashley Bird

Ever since the birth of his first child, Ashley has been trying to squeeze a little more out of every penny. Three years and another child later, he's a dab hand at finding a deal and getting things done for less. Whether you need help planning a budget friendly family day out, or saving on all things home, he can help you out.


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