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A Staycation Boom Is On The Horizon!

Matt Crisp May 5, 2020

Although the pandemic has shelved all sorts of international travel plans for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your next trip for later on in the year – and it seems that plenty of people are now doing so, with travel industry experts now predicting that a UK staycation boom is just around the corner.

Tourism hotspots around the country could see an influx of happy holidaymakers this year, with people heading to the likes of Devon and Cornwall for sand, sea, sun and surf instead of the Costa Brava, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Even once lockdown is lifted, it is unlikely that overseas travel will go back to normal and jetsetters should perhaps prepare themselves for flight restrictions and other disruptions to their typical travel routines. The government is also reportedly considering a two-week quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK, so holidaying will be quite difficult in the near future.

The top five destinations for staycationers are the south-west, the south-east, the north-west, London and Scotland, and you’re really spoiled for choice when it comes to the kind of trips you can take, whether you’re looking for a beach holiday, a relaxing spa and wellness retreat, a mountain escape, forested seclusion… the country really does have it all.

Some parts of the country will be more affected by the lack of foreign visitors than others, however, so if you’re keen to show your support for those destinations that will feel the impact the most, you might want to consider going somewhere like London and Edinburgh, or other heritage cities like Stratford-upon-Avon, York and Bath.

Edinburgh will suffer in particular, it seems, because international visitor expenditure accounts for 3.4 per cent of the local economy’s gross value added, KPMG figures show. And it has also had to cancel Fringe this year, which is the biggest arts festival in the world – and attracted over three million visitors in 2019.

Where Edinburgh is concerned, you’ll find an incredible amount to see and do, and it really is a wonderful place for a holiday. Climbing Arthur’s Seat has to be done, the remains of an extinct volcano that overlooks the city and affords you some incredible views.

Exploring the Old Town is an absolute must as well, with lots of beautiful cobbled streets, picturesque squares and historic houses to discover. Make your way to Victoria Street, where you’ll find lots of quaint little boutiques and some amazing restaurants to whet your appetite.

And, of course, you’ve got to pay Edinburgh Castle a visit – one of the very best attractions in the city. It sits right on top of the extinct volcano, so is quite a sight to behold. And listen out for the one o’clock cannon that fires every day (except Sunday), a tradition that dates back to a time when ship captains would set their clocks to navigate the seas.

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