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Holidays Abroad vs. UK Staycations: What to Do with Your Summer

The idea of UK staycations has grown in popularity in recent years. Whereas Brits once jumped at the chance to visit Europe or somewhere further afield, more of us are realising the potential that the UK holds for a holiday.

Of course, there are some necessary factors to consider when weighing up holidays abroad vs. UK staycations. In this article, we’ll look at why a staycation is better and suggest some ideas for family holidays.

Why is a UK Staycation Better?

Granted, the UK might not have the same intense summer weather as somewhere like Spain or France, but it can still get pretty warm. And if beaches and relaxing are your thing, the UK could very well be a prime holiday destination.

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1. Quicker and Easier

There’s no denying that a UK staycation is going to be quicker and easier than a trip abroad. After all, if you’re only travelling a few hundred miles rather than a few thousand, how could it not be?

Then you’ve got to think about packing, organising the kids, and getting to your destination - all this is pretty straightforward when you stay in the UK.

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2. Saving Money

This is a big one at the moment. You can organise a pretty cheap summer holiday in the UK, even if you choose to do something fancy. For example, a holiday abroad – including flights and hotel – could set you back a few thousand pounds. Staying in the UK, by contrast, could cost half as much.

Of course, it all depends on where you choose to stay. Our holiday parks offer great value for money in some incredible locations across the UK, including Cornwall, Scotland, Hampshire, and more. Better yet, each park is suitable for the whole family (and pets!).

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3. It’s the Eco-option

Granted, the environment might not be top of your list when organising family holidays. But an aeroplane is a pretty energy-intensive mode of travel. Jumping in your car will always be a more eco-friendly option for a family holiday – bonus points if you drive electric!

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4. Airport Struggles

The airport can be a nightmare at the best of times, particularly if you’re wrangling kids and juggling passports, so it’s understandable that you might want to avoid them at all costs.

Similarly, a UK staycation means no luggage allowance (other than what you can cram in your car, of course).

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5. Convenience

There are many ways that staycations in the UK are a more convenient option. First, you don’t have to worry about passports and currency exchanges. Also, you don’t have to try learning another language or carrying a dictionary around with you all the time!

But perhaps one of the most important is that you don’t need to find a sitter for your pets. If you stay at a Park Holidays park, you’re welcome to bring your pet. All our sites are dog-friendly and designed to accommodate them as much as you.

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6. Amazing Food and Drink

The UK is often undersold as a foodie destination. But, thanks to our multiculturalism and extensive sea borders, we actually have some pretty amazing food. So, whether you fancy a Greek mezze in town or some amazing Scottish langoustines by the beach, you can find it all here!

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7. There’s so Much to Do

The UK has plenty to offer for family holidays. There are great walking destinations across places like Scotland and the Peak District, incredible history across Cornwall and Sussex, or just about anything else you might want to do. Don’t underestimate what the UK can offer for a summer holiday.

Plus, when you stay at one of our parks, you have free use of all our facilities. These range from indoor pools and soft play areas to adventure playgrounds and, of course, bars! Check out our parks to see what they offer.


UK Staycation Ideas

So, now we’ve covered why the UK is better than holidays abroad, we’ll suggest some ideas for an amazing cheap summer holiday. Here are some of our best staycation UK ideas.

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Explore the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a fairly unique UK destination. There’s a history of pirates, royalty, and much more. You’ll find plenty of activities for kids along with some amazing scenery. Our Solent Breezes park in Hampshire is well placed to reach the Isle of Wight and offers self-catering holidays in luxury lodges and caravans.

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Check out Scottish history

It should come as no surprise that Scotland has a long and interesting history. Whether you’re into castles, kings (and queens), or something a bit more mystical, you’ll find it all here. We have 4 holiday parks in Scotland that are perfectly located to get the best the country has to offer.

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Visit the South West

Southwest England is almost like its own country. Cornwall, Devon and Dorset are fascinating counties that stand out for their beauty. We have several parks across all 3, and you won’t be short of things to do.

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Get active in Essex

Our Essex holiday parks are perfect for those wanting a more active summer break. We offer self-catering luxury lodge and caravan stays, both of which make for amazing cheap family holidays in the UK. You’ll find beaches, adventure golf, sports facilities, and much more to tire the kids out!

Holidays Abroad vs. UK Staycations: The Verdict

Sure, we might be biased, but we think we’ve made a good case for UK staycations. Don’t underestimate what Britain can offer for great family holidays this summer.

So why not check out our range of parks across the UK? You’re sure to find one that you and the kids will love!

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