How are your holiday plans shaping up for the rest of the year? The answer for most of us is, not great. Things are more than a little uncertain right now, and the tourist industry is not faring wonderfully.
Doom and gloom aside, the autumn brings us some rather spectacular sights right here in the UK. To say that times are changeable is an enormous understatement, of course. But, as we’re forced to find previously disregarded delights in our backyard, it may be that pandemic or not, autumns in the UK become the new normal.
Would it surprise you if we said that Spain was the most popular tourist destination for us Brits? Restrictions to travel have been a massive blow to many, as they attempt to keep to previous plans or make their usual booking to sunny Spain this autumn.
Let’s be honest though, some of us have always liked a good old staycation. Yes, the weather may be unpredictable. Ok, you haven’t got sun, sea and sand. Well, not the warm kind anyway. But an autumnal jaunt across these isles isn’t all bad, far from it.
When it comes to inspired choices, places like Cornwall and Devon have always topped the polls for Brits looking for a UK holiday. You’ll probably swap the swimsuit for walking boots, but that sounds pretty good if you think about the vistas in store.
We don’t need to do much scene-setting here. It's autumn. It's the UK. The nights are drawing in, and temperatures cooling down. The mist may be settling over the peaks in more romantic destinations like the Lake District. It all sets the tone perfectly for outdoorsy pursuits and cosy nooks post-ramble.
If you prefer to take your holidays easy, you don’t have to throw your particular rulebook out of the window either. Take it easy! It's your holiday, after all. And here are some ways you can mix it up and have fun while you’re away:
Now you have some ideas on how you could spend your holiday, it’s time to lift the lid on the best locations. There are places across the UK that fit the bill more than a little perfectly.
Just think about what kind of views you’re after because these trips will be all about the outdoorsy stuff. And pick a holiday home that offers plenty of comforts, so you can snuggle up in style when you’re not out exploring.
If you are still wondering whether it’s safe to book a staycation at this time, always check out the latest government guidance. There may be an element of risk if you have to cancel, but as long as you’re in the know when it comes to potential issues, you can plan.
Once you’re there, plan activities that you can enjoy, regardless of any updates to guidelines. Being prepared means packing smart and having the right things with you. Here are some things to bear in mind during the planning stage:
There’s no dressing it up. Autumn holidays will feel very different for some this year; however, it's still a time to celebrate being with those we love, and taking time out is essential. So, refocus, enjoy your staycation and remember, you deserve this time to yourselves.
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