With 2020 in full swing, your attentions are probably turning to where you’ll be taking the family this year.
Imagine that - a holiday with the people you love. More importantly, a holiday that won’t cost an arm and a leg or require lots of complicated, stressful travel to get there.
Good news - the UK is full of incredible places to visit, all of which will create memories that last a lifetime. There’s no need to jump on a plane and you won’t need to find that forever-lost passport.
Here are three of our favourite UK staycation destinations!
Newport is a lot closer to it’s neighbouring UK than you might think - just 90 minutes by train from London, to be exact.
However, this university town is absolutely worth a visit, thanks to it’s multicultural vibe and a history that you can hear, smell and see.
There’s also some fantastic breweries to visit and a rich musical heritage to get lost in. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the brilliant Friars Walk leisure complex!
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If there’s one defining feature of Chesterfield, it’s the ‘Crooked Spire’ church, but there’s so much more to this old town than that.
There’s an 800-year-old open market to explore and spend your pennies in, the splendour of Hardwick Hall to get lost in and a town centre that will satisfy any shopping requirement.
Chesterfield is a great option for stopping off while travelling en route to the north or south - check it out and make sure you grab a bed with Days Inn while you’re there.
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Hamilton sits in the heart of Lanarkshire, but it’s not the most obvious place to which you’d head for a Scottish family holiday.
However, head to it you should, because Hamilton is a beautiful historical town that just demands to be explored and enjoyed by the whole family.
From the mausoleum to the beautiful Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton has something for everyone and is perfect if you want to experience Scotland at its finest.
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Preparing the family for a staycation is, thankfully, a whole lot easier than a far-flung (or not so far-flung) holiday abroad.
So, take that abroad checklist and pack it away for future reference. In its place, put together a list of all the essentials you’ll need. The beauty of a staycation in the UK is that you’ll most likely be travelling by car, therefore the only limit on luggage is your boot.
If you have kids, make sure they have a few home comforts and something interesting to do while you’re driving there.
Book one or two excursions for your trip, but try and leave some stuff to chance. There’s nothing better than exploring the UK, after all, and providing you choose one of the locations above, you’ll always find something to satisfy everyone.
An awful lot of business can be done on the road - particularly if you’re travelling in the UK. The key lies in preparation, but, thankfully, that’s a whole lot easier if you’re not having to board a plane.
If you’re heading to any of the locations listed above as part of a work trip, make sure you take only the essentials. If something can be left, leave it - you’ll only regret carrying it around or in and out of the car otherwise.
Also, make sure you take some home comforts with you. There’s nothing quite like being able to switch on your tablet to watch a current favourite boxset, after all.
And, whatever you do, don’t forget to take your chargers - no one wants to be left high and dry without their smartphone while travelling away for business!