{Travel} Three UK Staycation ideas 

Staycation means holidaying within your home or country instead of flying abroad. Regular readers know I took part in the #take12trips travel challenge which sparked my love for traveling. When you travel you get enriched and empowered with new knowledge and perspective of how the other side lives. But many a time most of us forget how much we have available at our finger tips.

I have spent the last 12 months traveling from country to country on my weekend getaways or full 2 week holiday. To show just how much travel I have done here is a quick recap. {Full Recap will be in #Take12Trips Month 12}.

  • December 2015, I traveled to Ljubljana in Slovenia and Kaunas/Vilnius in Lithuania.
  • January 2016, I traveled to Prague in Czech Republic.
  • February 2016, I traveled to Brno in Czech Republic, Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia. Then to end the month I traveled to Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Brussels in Belgium.
  • March 2016, I traveled to Warsaw in Poland.
  • April 2016, I traveled to Oslo in Norway and Seoul in South Korea.
  • May 2016, I was still in Seoul, South Korea for the first week and half.
  • June 2016, I traveled to Hamburg, Germany then I was invited to Slovenia where I traveled to Bled, Ljubljana then to Promostek.
  • July 2016, I traveled to Dublin Ireland and then to end the month to Copenhagen in Denmark.
  • August 2016, I got banned from leaving the country by my mother so I managed to visit Castle Combe in Chippenham
  • September 2016, I traveled to Johannesburg South Africa where I managed to visit Soweto and Pretoria. Then at end of the month I traveled to Southampton but for university purposes.
  • October 2016, I traveled to London for training and stayed for three days for work. This does not appear on the ‘I have traveled to’ list because for me it’s not a holiday.
  • November 2016, as I write this post I am in Milan, Italy enjoying the best latte macchiato ever.

I won’t like but I have enjoyed every single one of these trips. I am grateful for the opportunities and the experiences but I feel for 2017, staycations are what I need more of. With that in mind, here are my Three UK Staycation Ideas.

Three UK Staycation Ideas

  1. Bristol ~ The city of Bridges, one that I would love to see is Clifton Suspension Bridge, an iconic city landmark. I have been to Bristol once but only went as far as the shopping centre which I loved. One thing I know about Bristol is it caters for all, including gorgeous green spaces for relaxation, museums, galleries etc. You won’t be short of things to do, admire and if you looking for somewhere to stay Intercontinental Hotels  has you covered.
  2. Bath ~ a beautiful and special city that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city opens beautiful and unique shopping experience but also a relaxing and unwinding atmosphere. It is the only place in the UK you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman Baths. I have had this city on my list for forever and can not wait to visit soon. If you do decide to visit Bath Cuty, there are many places you could stay including Best Western Limpley Stoke. You can visit Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, visit local eats like Sally Lunns or Pump Room for a spot of afternoon tea.
  3. Birmingham, a city I have visited many times but never done any proper exploring. I have visited family friends many a time and not once have I left the confides of their home to explore. I have been to Cadbury World and had the best of time, I have also enjoyed a spot  shopping.

Like many cities and country side in the UK, they have so much to offer but they are expensive too.  Most of us have chosen to travel abroad because it is sometimes cheaper than staying home. Though this is not the case everywhere it is unfortunately the reality for some popular areas. I am setting myself a goal from January 2017 to show how affordable it can be todo a staycation. I love traveling abroad like the next person but let’s also do some local adventures.

And there you have it, my Three UK Staycation ideas. I am sure you have other ideas of places that would me awesome to staycation at.


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  1. November 17, 2016 / 6:45 am

    They sure are, I am yet to visit Cornwall but it’s on my list of places to visit

  2. November 17, 2016 / 6:39 am

    I will definitely check it our Lauren and I can not wait to explore Bristol, Bath and Birmingham more extensively in the near future

  3. November 14, 2016 / 11:52 am

    bath is one place i would love to visit. i keep saying i will but haven’t had the time yet

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:44 am

      I will be saying the same for a while now but want to visit for sure next year

  4. Francesca Nelson
    November 14, 2016 / 10:10 am

    You have gone so many places I’m envious!! I really want to visit bath and bristol!!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:44 am

      Aww thanks, I too want to explore Bath and Bristol as well as Birmingham

  5. November 14, 2016 / 10:09 am

    I’m having a staycation next year while I save for my first home – thanks for the recommendations! x

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:43 am

      You’re most welcome, I am in the same position too. I want to buy my own home how

  6. November 14, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I love how much you have travelled this year! There is so much to see in the UK that we’ve started to take more staycations.

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:43 am

      Thanks Jemma, I am excited to start UK staycations too

  7. Melanie Edjourian
    November 13, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    I need a vacation or a staycation, either will do me. I hope you get to test this and see if it can be cheaper although I guess it should be doable.

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:43 am

      I hope they will be cheaper than going abroad, I will definitely need to be clever about it

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Thanks Stella and hope you get one soon

  8. November 13, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I really want to go back to Bath as I didn’t get to explore anywhere near as much as I’d have liked when I went x

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:42 am

      I would definitely want to spend a nice weekend exploring the place but will see

  9. November 13, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Oh yeah gosh I love Bath! I used to go there (and Bristol) when I was little with my parents. I can’t wait to take your Husband around Bath soon!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:41 am

      I can not wait to explore, a friend went there for University and she speaks highly of the place

  10. Leah Shafik
    November 13, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    We have staycations all the time – we love the UK for holidaying! We went on our honeymoon in the Forest of Dean and it was lovely.

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:39 am

      Sounds absolutely romantic

  11. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    November 13, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I love staycations and can’t wait to plan a few for next year x

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:39 am

      You and me both

  12. November 12, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I love a good staycation! Currently planning a trip to Bristol in the near future, I went to a wedding there once and would love to explore it more!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:38 am

      I too am planning a couple but mostly for 2017 than 2016

  13. Alana
    November 12, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    What an amazing idea! I’d love to take 12 trips in 12 months. I lived in Chippenham near Castle Combe for a couple of years and it’s such a beautiful part of the UK.
    Alana x

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:37 am

      It is so beautiful, somehow I always call Chippenham chilternham which is silly lol

  14. November 12, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    We have a weekend in Birmingham booked at the end of this month and I can’t wait!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:36 am

      Oh how nice, hope you have loads of fun

  15. Jo Wiggins
    November 12, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I love Bath, went there for a relaxed hen weekend recently. The Lake District has to be my favourite UK staycation.

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:36 am

      I can not wait to visit the Lake District, I have it on my bucketlist

  16. Ayesha Farhad
    November 12, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    I have heard so much about Bath! I still haven’t been there and I am definitely going to visit it soon! I also need to visit Cambridge even though it like an hour away from me!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:36 am

      I used to live in Cambridge but I cant say I have explored it extensively. Now I am living close to Bristol and Bath and not yet been

  17. November 12, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Those are three staycation places in England. If you want a seriously awesome UK staycation travel north above the border – Scotland, and beyond! Come to my home – Shetland – it’ll be nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. 😉

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:35 am

      I actually Shetland on my offline line list as a friend lives there and it sounds absolutely amazing

  18. Vicky Hallnewman
    November 11, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I love Bath, I took my 6 year old backpacking in Europe this summer but we normally just staycation with her

    • November 12, 2016 / 6:47 am

      How awesome backpacking at 6 years old

  19. November 11, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Oh gosh I haven’t been to Bath for years but isn’t it just one of the most amazing city’s to visit!

    • November 12, 2016 / 6:46 am

      That’s what I hear and can not wait to visit

  20. Kathryn
    November 11, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I think sometimes it is so easy to forget how many beautiful places this country has xx

    • November 12, 2016 / 6:45 am

      It so easy to forget definitely because we are enticed by always going abroad

  21. Hannah Budding Smiles
    November 11, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    The Lake District is probably my favourite staycation destination and I love not the Peak District and Cornwall too xx

    • November 12, 2016 / 6:45 am

      I am yet to visit any of those places but I have them on my list

  22. Galina V
    November 11, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    We tend to have a staycation in Cornwall every summer. My son went to Bristol last year with his class, and loved it. You have travelled a lot in the last year, just wow!

    • November 12, 2016 / 6:11 am

      Thanks Galina, I am yet to visit Cornwall but I have it on my list

  23. LaaLaa
    November 11, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    I think staycations are a good idea and it’s good to be able to travel your own country and see what’s about. Good locations!

    • November 12, 2016 / 6:11 am

      I agree, especially here in the UK we have so much available

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