Holiday abroad cancelled? Why not enjoy the UK?

For many of us, we will have plans for holidays abroad which are now looking uncertain, and for others an overseas excursion will already have been cancelled. If you are looking to plan your next getaway, why not enjoy a ‘staycation’ here in the UK.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, recently announced that holidays within the UK could return as soon as July in a move to boost the tourism sector and allow those who have already missed holidays to take a much-needed break.

“I would love to get the tourism sector up as quickly as we possibly can. We’ve set this very ambitious plan to try and get it up and running by the beginning of July,” he said.

There is also the potential addition of an extra UK bank holiday in October being explored by the government currently in order to account for the two weekends in May with bank holidays which were essentially negated due to coronavirus lockdown measures.

Last year a third of Brits chose to have a holiday in the UK over abroad thanks to the varied landscapes and exciting places to explore right on our own doorstep, so don’t consider holidaying in your home country as a hardship.

If you’re looking for a city break, then London is the obvious choice as it simply has so much to offer, however don’t discount other cities such as Bristol, Edinburgh or Cardiff for a city break as they all provide a distinctly different feel to one another and provide a chance to get to know somewhere new.

Perhaps you are looking for a more traditional seaside break, in which case the south coast of England is the obvious choice due to the more favourable climate and the truly stunning locations such as Brighton, Bournemouth and Cornwall. However, there are also hidden gems such as Nairn in Scotland which is a charming seaside resort and the better-known Rhossili Bay in Swansea which is known for its surfing.

Perhaps it is a touch of peace and quiet which you are seeking on your next holiday, and the Lake District offers this in abundance – known as England’s answer to the Italian Lakes, the vistas in the Lake District are awe-inspiring and the walks second-to-none. When it comes to picturesque landscapes, the Scottish Highlands offer some of the most rugged scenes and idyllic, isolated locations throughout the entirety of the UK – we would recommend basing yourself in Inverness as you are then driving or hiking distance to some of the most wonderful walks in all of Scotland. Wales is not to be forgotten, of course, as its green landscapes and rugged coastline provide plenty of opportunities for a relaxing break – and should you wish to build up a sweat then a trip up Mount Snowdon is just the ticket.