The Rise of the Staycation

Millions of you have tucked your passport safely into a drawer and decided to holiday at home this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The uncertainty over foreign holiday quarantine is an on-going concern.

It’s wasn’t just the Covid crisis that kept people at home this summer. Rising fuel prices and a poor exchange rate has also been a factor, along with economic uncertainty. More people are choosing staycations this year than in previous post Covid years. The recent August bank holiday was one of the busiest for campsites and coastal towns across the UK in recent memory. We had our own experience of this when we chose to spend the August bank holiday camping. We found ourselves really struggling to find anywhere local to book a pitch even a good few weeks before the holiday.

Common End Farm Sunset
Our staycation evening view. Photo by @shayleholliephotography

We lucked out and found ourselves a total Derbyshire gem. We grabbed one of the last pitches at Common End Farm Campsite in Ashbourne. With Squeaky clean facilities, a family-friendly atmosphere and only being a stone’s throw from Dovedale beauty spots it made the perfect weekend. Even at full capacity, it was very easy to keep ourselves distanced from others and be aware. The staff here were really friendly and helpful, they maintained and cleaned more often than usual to a really high standard. We felt totally safe. It was so refreshing to be able to enjoy the outdoors and truly appreciate this beautiful part of the UK.

Tent Blue Sky
Tent time! Photo by @shayleholliephotography

We visited Bakewell, Dovedale Stepping Stones and Ilam Park whilst on our staycation. There really was no shortage of things to do and places to explore.

Dovedale Stepping Stones
Stepping into September. Photo by @shayleholliephotography

Autumn city breaks are on the cards

As the popularity of city breaks continues to grow, but the value of the Pound continues to fall, British city breaks are likely to remain strong throughout the year into the traditional city break period of autumn. City breaks aren’t so affected by the weather as much of the entertainment, sites and raison d’être of the city break is found inside.

Edinburgh Castle Night
Will you have a break in the city this Autumn? Photo by @shayleholliephotography

What’s also interesting is the cost of a nights’ accommodation in a British hotel has also fallen. Once renowned for being the most expensive city in the world, a night in London is now cheaper, on average, than a night in Paris, Geneva, Stockholm and New York.

Whatever your thoughts on the on-going crisis, it’s clear that people are getting itchy feet and are keen to still have a summer holiday! Why not if it can be done safely? We hope that this demand will help businesses stay open throughout the year and have a chance of survival in the months ahead.

Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. We love to hear them. Also, let us know if you had a staycation this year, how did it go?

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