Return of the UK Staycation

The outbreak of Coronavirus caused us to rethink what it is to travel. With many still craving a holiday, we saw an increase last year, in those paying homage to the days when beach days were spent a little closer to home. The UK is bursting with options to ensure you still have an amazing holiday even if we can’t always count on the weather. So, whether you’re a family of four or a couple looking for the right staycation for you, the UK has something to offer everyone.

Family destinations in the UK

Following the government announcement that from the 12 April people in England can stay overnight in self catering holiday accommodation, there’s never been a better time for families to explore the hidden gems of the Great British countryside.


We couldn’t write a list of top family holiday destinations in the UK and not include Cornwall! With its miles of sandy beaches, there’s surfing lessons for older children, whilst younger kids can explore in shallower water and do some rock pooling. Don’t forget the cream teas, pasties, and ice cream – Cornwall is a food lover’s dream come true.


 You can’t go wrong with Yorkshire – with dales and moors, peaks, national parks and not to mention a breathtaking coastline. Yorkshire is great for young kids, boasting a Sea Life centre and penny arcades for rainy days. Plus it has plenty of family-friendly beaches and parks to explore if you strike it lucky and the sun happens to be shining.

Couple destinations in the UK

Looking to get away with your other half? The UK has plenty of options for young couples. After all, there is nothing better than embarking on a trip to unwind and revive that romantic spark. For those who have been dreaming about picturesque landscapes, beautiful cottages and the charm to quaint little towns, you can’t go wrong by choosing the UK as your destination.


It is simply not fair to leave out Edinburgh from the romantic destinations list. The old town is as picturesque as its surroundings, with its underground streets adding a touch of intrigue. Arthur’s Seat remains one of the best spots in the whole of the UK for romantic getaways. Known as the ‘Athens of the North’, Edinburgh is a great choice for a couples weekend away.

The Lake District

Make sure you pack your walking boots when you head to the UK’s largest national park – the Lake District. Grab a map and get exploring. Perfect for the more active couple as there’s mountain biking, climbing, walking, kayaking and canoeing at your fingertips.

Do I need travel insurance for UK holidays?

Even when staying in the UK it’s still important to ensure you’re protected should you fall ill so don’t forget to pack your travel insurance policy! As long as your trip is at least 25 miles from your home and at least two nights long, you will still benefit from some of the protections included in a Travel Insurance policy. As always, peace of mind is key to any great holiday, so please review your policy wording to know more about the protection offered for UK trips.

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