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Top tips for planning a family staycation

Written by Fiona

October 22 2020

Unfortunately, many people have lost out on their overseas holiday plans this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although some destinations aren’t included in the travel restrictions, a lot of the usual holiday hotspots aren’t considered safe to visit at this time. However, there are plenty of opportunities for enjoying a trip away somewhere in the UK. Here are some useful tips to help you plan your family staycation in 2020/2021.

Choose a destination with lots of activities

You might usually have your family holiday at an all-inclusive resort, and this can be a great idea as there’s plenty to do for both the adults and the kids. While you might not be able to work on your tan by the poolside this year, there are still many wonderful holiday parks in the UK that cater to families that you can take advantage of.

Many have on-site pools, bars, restaurants and organised activities for people of all ages. By booking a trip to a holiday park this year, you won’t have to worry about keeping the kids entertained.

Alternatively, hire a cottage or holiday apartment somewhere near a beach, lake or loch, hills and mountains and enjoy lots of outdoor activities, such as walking, cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking and surfing. There are numerous outdoor activity providers who are keen to show you how to get started with an outdoors pursuit, or to hire you the equipment.

Consider the drive time

Long road trips can be fun, but if you’re travelling with young kids this isn’t always the case. It’s a good idea to choose a destination that is within a few hours of your home – and also plan in plenty of breaks.

If you fancy going further, why not book an overnight stop in a hotel. This means the driver gets a good rest and the kids can look forward to a hotel stop-over.

Benefits of city and country breaks

There are numerous benefits to both city and rural holidays for families. City breaks give you all the opportunity to soak up some culture with visits to galleries and museums,. Many of these attractions has areas dedicated to children or fun events that they can take part in. However, during the Covid-19 restrictions, it’s worth checking what is open and what events are available to visit.

Perhaps, instead, a country holiday is a better idea. There are so many options across the UK, from beach-side towns and island retreats, to mountain escapes, country village cottages and even a pod, lodge or treehouse to stay in for something different.

Heading off for a rural holiday will allow you to get back to nature by walking, cycling, paddleboarding and more. If it’s a seaside holiday, you’ll probably want to treat yourself to the true British staple of fish and chips, too.

Download movies

You might want to limit the use of technology on your family holiday, which is a great idea. However, for evening entertainment or rainy days, it’s worth downloading some of your family’s favourites to enjoy together.

Getting away with the family and spending quality time together is important. You might be disappointed you can’t visit your usual destination of choice this year, but don’t forget about the wonderful places the UK has to offer and plan a perfect staycation using these top tips. Make sure you check government guidelines, too, to be sure that your chosen destination is open for visitors.

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