Staycations - Holidaying in the UK

More people are staying in the UK for their holidays than ever, with short trips of one to three days becoming more and more popular. A recent study showed that a huge 83% of Brits planned to holiday in the UK this year, with seaside destinations being the most prevalent, closely followed by city breaks, and then rural trips. It seems that the staycation isn’t going anywhere, but if you’re looking to holiday somewhere closer to home this year, where are the best places to go?


London in the summer is always going to be at the top of the list. Europe’s biggest city offers a whole host of attractions to suit every age and budget, with options of places to stay from budget hostels to five-star hotels. Research what you want to see before you visit, and book somewhere in the same area – it’ll mean less time on the tube and more time enjoying your trip.


Boasting sandy beaches, lush green parks, and Roman ruins, Devon is a holiday destination with a lot to offer. The Jurassic Coast stretches along 95 miles of coastline from Exmouth to East Dorset, with a number of Gateway Towns in between. Apart from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast, there are a further four areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon, with two National Parks, A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and a UNESCO Geopark. If you’re looking for a holiday away from the bustle of the city, Devon is the perfect spot.

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The population of Scotland’s capital triples in the summer months, thanks to the festival season. The most famous of these, the Edinburgh Fringe, is the largest arts festival on earth, and runs throughout August. As the world’s leading Festival City, the summer sees a film festival, jazz and blues festival, book festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Aside from the festivals, Edinburgh is packed with visitor attractions, such as the castle, and even has a beach!


The ultimate in seaside holidays, Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach had arcades, rollercoasters, and shows, while the Blackpool Tower offers its own circus, dungeon, and ballroom. With more than 300 accredited places to stay, you can opt for family run B&Bs, or take your tent and go camping.

We hope that this has given you some staycation inspiration. Don’t forget that if you’re travelling within the UK, you’ll still need travel insurance if you have a booking somewhere, and you can be covered for travel delays. allows you to compare travel insurance quotes to find the right amount of cover for your trip. Simply select UK cover, and we’ll do the rest!

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