Why UK Holidays Are Better Than Going Abroad

There are many reasons to do a "staycation" than holiday abroad. This article will take a closer look at a number of compelling reasons to keep your passport in your drawer and discover more of the UK.

The pound is weak, and has been for years now
The pound has lost a lot of value against many other currencies over recent years. It's not just Brexit, but since the GFC in 2008, the pound has leaked a lot of value against the USD, EUD, AUD, NZD...even exotic currencies like the THB (Thailand), it's lost up to 50% of its value! That means holidays are much more expensive than they used to be since you get less foreign currency for each pound you exchange.

It can be a hassle to travel abroad
I know some will disagree here (especially the young, free and singl!)...that we should put up with any hassle to travel abroad in the name of adventure. I get that. However, for those people who work stressful jobs and/or have a young family, a trip abroad is going to have its own stresses. All it will take is a cancelled flight, and your holiday can be in ruins. A UK-based holiday is smaller scale, less stressful, easier to plan, you don't need to exchange money, don't need a passport, no language barrier (where applicable), no jet lag, and you can still play the National Lottery!

You might find a "second home"
If you find a nice spot in the UK, it can almost become your second home. Many British people return to the same destination year after year because they enjoy it there. Moreover, it's usually not that arduous a journey to get there and back. Some people even end up making it their FIRST home in retirement.

You learn more about the UK
A trip to a new part of the UK can really open your eyes. I remember when a friend visited Scotland for the first time. He described it as another dimension! While such a phrase conjoured up Star Trek in my mind, it only took him an hour's flight from Birmingham to Glasgow to boldly go where he hadn't been before. This is a great experience because it can open up new possibilities in your life. You might decide you want to live in such a place one day.

You can get in the habit of the "weekend away"
Many people who travel abroad do so once a year. They save, they plan, they book time off work, they holiday. All well and good, but I know many of these types NEVER bother to see other parts of the UK. They literally go nowhere all year apart from when they travel abroad. It's a shame really, since most people tend to have a few days off each week...that time could be spent travelling around the UK on "mini-breaks". You can really refresh your mind in just a few days because such trips don't require a lot of planning.

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User Anecdotes

We've solicited a number of user anecdotes on this topic, and have hand picked some of the more interesting ones below. We feel that anecdotes can give a practical, human perspective on a topic.

"I have to say, I've always had amazing experiences on UK holidays compared to going abroad. When I think back to my childhood, some of my fondest memories are of visiting the beautiful countryside and coastal towns in the UK. There's something about the history, the culture, and the picturesque scenery that just can't be replicated elsewhere. Plus, I feel a sense of pride in exploring my own country and supporting local businesses and communities during my trips. While I do enjoy experiencing new cultures and visiting other countries, I find that sometimes the stress of travelling, language barriers, and unfamiliarity can take away from the overall experience. When I holiday in the UK, I feel more at ease, knowing that I can communicate with anyone I meet and that I have a good grasp of the local customs and traditions. Plus, there's no need to worry about currency conversions and potential health risks from unfamiliar food or water sources. Overall, I think UK holidays offer a more relaxed, comfortable, and enjoyable experience.
David G.

"In recent years, I've been finding myself drawn more to UK holidays than going abroad. As an avid nature enthusiast, I find that the UK has so much to offer in terms of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and opportunities for amazing outdoor activities. I've been on some incredible hikes in Scotland and Wales, and have even had the chance to see seals and dolphins off the coast of Cornwall. I think sometimes people forget just how much natural beauty and biodiversity exists right here on our doorstep. On top of that, I feel that UK holidays are more environmentally friendly, as they require less travel and often involve supporting local businesses and communities. Whenever I go abroad, I can't help but feel guilty about the carbon footprint I'm leaving behind and the impact on the environments I visit. By choosing to holiday in the UK, I feel that I'm making a more responsible and sustainable choice for myself and the planet.
Emma L.

"As a busy single mother of three, I've found that UK holidays simply offer more convenience and affordability for my family. It's often difficult to coordinate everyone's schedules and save enough money to take a trip abroad, so staying closer to home has become our default choice. And honestly, we've never been disappointed! There are so many family-friendly attractions and activities all around the UK, from theme parks to historical sites and museums. Plus, accommodation options tend to be more affordable and flexible, which is great for a family on a tight budget. When we do manage to go abroad, I often find myself stressed out with the planning, packing, and navigating unfamiliar places on top of looking after my children. On UK holidays, everything feels more manageable and less overwhelming, giving me the chance to truly unwind and enjoy quality time with my family. We've made some truly wonderful memories on our UK adventures, and I wouldn't trade them for the world!
Laura W.

"I recently returned from a week-long UK holiday with my wife, and it truly exceeded our expectations. We had originally planned to travel abroad but decided to stay in the UK due to the ongoing COVID-19 uncertainties. What we found was an amazing staycation that offered just as much excitement and relaxation as any overseas trip. We explored quaint villages, ate delicious local cuisine, and even discovered a few hidden gems that we had never heard of before. In addition, not having to worry about travel restrictions, quarantine rules, and the ever-changing pandemic situation actually made the holiday far more enjoyable. It was a great reminder that there's still so much to see and do right here in our own country, and that you don't need to go abroad to have a fantastic holiday experience. I truly believe that UK holidays can offer everything you need for a great break, especially in these uncertain times.
Rajesh S."

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