With quarantine and travel restrictions changing regularly and the vaccination rollout in different countries varying dramatically, significant doubts remain about the likelihood of taking a summer holiday abroad this summer. One thing is clear that with so many people likely to be remaining in the UK this year, demand for UK holidays has rocketed!
So, if you have been hesitant to book a summer holiday, what options in the UK staycation market remain out there? Where should you be checking? And are there any bargains still to be had?
Take a look at some of the handy tips, advice and hidden treasures we have put together.
Top tips & good advice
- Double-check and even triple check the Covid policy of your holiday provider. As ever, the devil is in the detail. So, spend that little extra time checking the company's refund and cancellation policy you are booking with.
- If you plan to travel via public transport, check your travel providers' cancellation and refund policies on your tickets.
- Please make sure that you are booking through a reputable firm.
- Despite the Government setting out our route out of lockdown, the situation remains fluid, with regulations often changing rapidly. So, it's good practice to check the latest rules for yourself before taking any action. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- If you are planning any trips, why not speak to our team to discuss the travel insurance options available to you by calling 01480 402460 or visit the website https://www.lifesure.co.uk/personal-insurance/travel-insurance
What's on your horizon?
Its probably not surprising that research from holidaycottages.co.uk show that Cornwall, the Scottish Highlands, and Devon remain top of the most popular destinations that Brits are planning on visiting this year. Therefore, why not see this as the perfect opportunity to explore the road less travelled and discover some of the UK's hidden gems. Here are 5 of our favourites.
- Anglesey. Located off the Welsh Northwest coast, Anglesey island is known for its wide sandy beaches. With its dramatic coastlines, cycling routes and coastal footpaths, there is plenty to explore on this historic island.
- The Teesdale Way. The Way largely follows the banks of the River Tees as it passes from the remote high moorlands of Cumbria and Durham to the industrial landscapes of Teesside and the coast. With many different campsites, holiday parks, and a range of holiday accommodation along its length, there are certainly plenty of options for visitors to make the most of the breath-taking walks and scenery along its route.
- Northumberland. Long known for its coastline of hidden bays, historic castles, and spectacular scenery. Two areas worth exploring are the sweeping sandy beaches of Druridge Bay and Beadnell Bay. Both boast stunning views across this unspoilt stretch of coastline. So, whether you want to try out your water sports skills or relax on a picturesque beach, you would be spoilt for choice in either of these locations.
- Cornwall. Head away from the enduring popularity of seaside towns such as Padstow and Foye, and some hidden gems in some of the more remote reaches of the Cornish coastline remain. Located on the quiet yet wonderfully stunning stretch of coastline between Fowey and Polperro is Lantic Bay. Framed by lush countryside and towering cliffs, the peaceful cove is a stunning spot to explore and dog-friendly all year round!
- Cumbria. The Furness peninsula in south Cumbria is divided into Low Furness and High Furness. This beautiful piece of land may not be the first choice of destination compared to other areas of the Lake District. Still, with fantastic views of the Cumbrian Fells, great beaches and within easy reach of the Lake District National park, it offers plenty of choice as a holiday destination for those willing to be a little more adventurous.
What's your holiday style?
Holiday Parks have long had a place in the hearts of the UK population, particularly for families seeking a flexible option with facilities that suit various ages. From 5-star parks to the smaller family run independent, there is plenty to choose from. To explore the availability and different locations throughout the UK, try these websites: Breakfree Holidays, Snaptrip or Holiday Park Guru.*
Camping & Caravanning Delights
New to a camping or caravan holiday or an experienced pro, here are a few great websites that will give you a range of sites, facilities, and things to do across the UK. The National Trust ‘Camping and Glamping Guide’, Our Bucket List Lives, and House & Garden magazine ‘Best UK Campsite Guide’.*
From cosy cottages to historic country pads, offering comfort and flexibility, holiday rentals offer a variety of choices. To explore what options are out there, why not try looking on: Rural Retreats Holidays Ltd, HolidayCottage.co.uk, Condé Nast TRAVELLER and of course, Airbnb*.
* Reference to the listed websites, are not to be taken as endorsement by Lifesure