Updated: May 25, 2020
I'm sure its not just me who is sat at home thinking about how many days it would have been until I was sitting on the pool edge with my toes in the water or exploring the streets of a foreign city. The devastating impact COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down in more ways than one and the travel industry is one of the hardest hit; set to loose around $800 billion. As our heads are turned from jet set holidays, staycations popularity is likely to rise. Could they save our summers, economy and the planet?
Travel Industry and Staycations
Us Brits are a sucker for a holiday, with 50 million of them been taken each year. Even if we are allowed to run of on holiday in the near future, will it be what we are used to? Quarantining upon return is likely and I think my TV is already sick of the sight of me. The uncertainty of travelling due to Covid-19 and (lets not forget about) Brexit is predicted to have lasting effects.
However, millennial's have been driving up the demand for Staycations for some time. Before the days of Covid, a study showed that 3 in10 Brits planned to spend more holiday time in the UK than abroad and more than half of those surveyed were 25-34; the main reasons being convenience and affordability. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be on a beach somewhere forgetting my problems but you can have an amazing summer here in UK and help the planet out while you do it.
How to Feel Abroad in the UK
Anyone for a road trip? The UK is jam-packed full of scenic destinations that can make you feel like you've jetted off aboard. As a Northerner, the beautiful beaches of Newquay were enough to give me that holiday feeling. I've been fancying a UK trip for quite sometime, so here is a look at a few of the places I wanted to visit that are perfect for a summer staycay:
The Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast stretches from Exmouth to Dorset and holds some spectacular views. Plus its the only natural World Heritage Site! 95 miles long, theres a lot to see but some of the highlights include Man O'War Beach, Durdle Door and Durlston Country Park.
St Ives is somewhere I have always wanted to visit, I've heard such good things from friends who have been! Located in Cornwall it is known for its surfing and art scene as the Tate gallery can be found on the sea front!
I was lucky enough to visit Newquay a few years ago for the Boardmasters festival! I would 100% recommend, it's such a lovely place and isn't anything like your average UK destination. If you are going to make the trip and you like surfing/skateboarding/music make sure to go when the festival is on and get involved! To be honest, anywhere in Cornwall is a definite go to on a UK Roadtrip.
Pembrokeshire in Wales is full of beautiful beaches where you can cliff dive and watch dolphins! Tenby, a beautiful seaside town, is home to many of Pembrokeshire's best beaches and is a must see. Skomer Island, just off the coast is home to tuns of wildlife including Puffins which = amazing.
I always wanted to visit Brighton so I will definitely be down when lockdown is over! It has so much character, full of independant shops nestled in pretty 16th century buildings. If they can't make you feel like you're venturing around a foreign city then I don't know what will. Plus even more beach to fool us into thinking we are abroad!
Isles of Scilly
I guess this one is a little bit of cheat, but you'll have to let me off because I left it till last! Just of the coast from Cornwall, you can grab a ferry to this group of English Islands. I'm most looking forward to visiting here, each island looks so individually beautiful and will definitely give you the abroad feel.
So Can Staycations Save the Planet?
So what do staycations mean for the planet? It's no surprise that the travel industry is one of the biggest polluters out there. If aviation were a country, it would be one of the top 10 carbon-polluting nations in the world. It's become so cheap to travel abroad that you can get a plane to Europe cheaper than a train to London (at least a train from the North) which is one of the biggest problems with the industry. The costs for travelling are in no way representative of the costs that it is having to our planet. How can we be expected to resist if its costs next to nothing?
Staying near home and skipping the holiday abroad every year or so can make all the
difference. Travelling by car is still better than a plane but even more so if you are using public transport such as trains and buses. I know that trains can be a little pricey, especially if you want to do your venturing in the summer months, but I have used the Megabus quite a few times and it really wasn't what I thought. I expected a sweaty, smelly, jam packed bus, but the aircon was brilliant and I felt I had so much space and I cant even explain how cheap it is either! Buses are one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel; Megabus prides itself of being as eco friendly as possible and are now releasing a line of vegan buses? I mean, don't ask me what that means but it sounds good!
Everyone needs a trip abroad every now and again, especially when you've worked hard all year! With the world the way it is at the moment, it's a good time to think about how you can do things a little differently and staycations is definitely something to consider. We might have all been scarred from childhood memories of camping in a rainy, muddy field with our families, but holidaying in the UK doesn't have to be that way. Who knows? You might even fall in love with it!
As always, thanks for reading!
P.S. Hope everyone is staying safe and hopefully this will all be over very soon! <3