The West Country
Though often clumped together as the “West Country”, the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset are each unique and beautiful. Perhaps you could hire a campervan and aim to camp in Cornwall, but with a few overnight rest-stops along the way. You can even get the sleeper train overnight from London, so you can sleep throughout your journey and be refreshed for the start of your break down in the south-west.
You can visit Bristol for the markets, go hiking on Dartmoor National Park or along the Jurassic Coast, and soak up the sun on the seafront in Cornwall. There are numerous little fishing villages along the south coast of Devon if you fancy a taste of the countryside culture.
The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are a popular choice for tourists, and for good reason. But if you fancy something different and bit more secluded, there are plenty of riverside villages in South Wales and countryside hotspots in the Valleys.
You could hire a motorhome or an Airbnb and explore the national parks, taking in the breathtaking scenery that Wales has to offer. While a walk is always lovely, the Welsh countryside is so beautiful that, if you find the right place, you can absorb nature’s beauty from the doorstep of your rented accommodation.
A staycation doesn’t have to be conventional, and you might be surprised at how much is on our doorstep in the UK. Consider travelling to Scotland and staying in a remote castle, or perhaps a secluded cabin near a loch suits you more. There’s plenty of history to explore in Scotland, and you can drive for miles surrounded by rocks, greenery and ancient sites.
You could even hire a little boat and camp on an island on one of the many lochs or take your motorhome to the foot of Ben Nevis to see the night sky’s stars from a different perspective.
How to choose
Make a list of the top five things you want to see or do on your holiday, and what you want to get out of it. This will make it easier to narrow down your planning and find something that ticks all the boxes. You might want to push the boat out and try something new, whether it’s renting a cottage or sleeping in a caravan on an island in the middle of a lake.
Don’t forget to allow yourself to engage fully with your break too. Just because you’re still in the same time zone, that doesn’t mean you can start taking work calls or dealing with domestic matters. Ensure you have time to properly relax and get the most out of your staycation.