Staycations Top Travel Wish-List For UK Holidaymakers
While most of us are hoping to get away on holiday once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the UK Travel Intelligence Report has revealed that 24 per cent of Brits are planning more staycations in 2021 to take advantage of all that the British Isles can offer, from the countryside to coast.
However, as The Sun advises, with so many people forgoing foreign holidays in favour of a domestic trip again this year, it would be wise to get planning and book soon before places are sold out.
The UK Travel Intelligence Report showed that only 13 per cent of British tourists are hoping to visit Europe more, and only five per cent wanting to travel outside of Europe more than they did pre-pandemic.
14 per cent were hoping to squeeze in a short break in April or May, and 12 per cent were looking forward to a staycation in August.
We have a look at the most popular staycation destinations for post-lockdown, according to the report.
Norfolk – best for wildlife
The north Norfolk coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Consider a cycling holiday that takes in both the countryside and the incredible coastal scenery. You should make the trip to RSPB Titchwell, and go seal spotting at Blakeney.
You can visit the grounds and gardens at Sandringham and manor houses Holkham and Houghton Hall. Georgian market town Holt makes an ideal base to explore the coast and reach the Norfolk Broads, a haven for bird watchers.
Scottish Highlands – best for remote adventures
The North Highland Way is the road less travelled, and from the town of Thurso can guide you west for a walk across the very top of the Scottish mainland.
Aside from exploring the beautiful and mysterious Scottish Highlands, you can take a day trip to the Orkney Islands for the possibility of seeing puffin colonies, or try whisky tasting in the famous Wolfburn Distillery and a visit to John O’Groats.
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – best for families
Almost £30 million has been spent to transform Nottingham Castle into a world-class attraction, where the story of Robin Hood will be retold. The refurbishment of the castle will include remodelling of the grounds to reveal more of the medieval site and provide views across the city.
Cornwall – best for coastal exploring
Both the north and south coasts of Cornwall are rich with history and adventure. Why not start in Padstow, known for its foodie scene and home to several of Rick Stein’s acclaimed restaurants, before crossing the Camel Estuary by ferry to discover Rock and the beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay.
From there you can head to the southern coast to explore the Fowey Estuary as well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Mevagissey. End the trip with a stay in Charlestown, with its Georgian harbour, as seen in BBC’s Poldark.
Pembrokeshire – best for walking
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stretches along the South Wales coastline from St Dogmaels to Amroth. Why not consider a walking holiday that follows the southernmost section of the Pembrokeshire Coast path, starting in the historic town of Pembroke.
From there, follow undulating clifftop trails with far-reaching sea vistas, passing distinctive natural rock formations, and traversing some of Wales’ prettiest bays.
Whatever your 2021 staycation plans, why not use luxury minibus hire to take away the strain of driving.