Are you craving a day out or a trip somewhere, me too! With restrictions starting to be lifted, a summer staycation in your home country is on the cards. But now there are a lot more things to take into consideration, so I have created this guide to make it easier to keep safe and help you make the most of your summer.
DISCLAIMER – Always obey your own countries travel advice, ensure you read the latest information on the destinations website and take precautions when out and about.
Choosing a Destination
Choose wisely, think about avoiding crowds and going somewhere more secluded, a less popular beach, somewhere with lots of open space. Check the restrictions at your destination and which facilities will be open, bare in mind that some attractions, theatres etc won’t be open yet so you might want to pick somewhere with lots of places to enjoy the outdoors and natural scenery. National Parks can be great places to visit and it is easy to social distance, but of course be aware of your surroundings and respect the locals wherever you visit. Remember to pack some hand sanitiser and a face mask too, as some attractions require you to be wearing one to enter.
This is where you will probably have the most physical contact with people and objects, therefore you need to think about where you are most comfortable staying overnight. Hotels are introducing many protocols to keep you as safe as possible so don’t rule them out, though self catering options are a great idea to avoid restaurants and your contact with others, think about camping if you are more adventurous too!
When travelling around the UK, I keep myself entertained in the evenings by visiting the local theatres and shows. Though with theatres being closed for the foreseeable future, event organisers have come up with innovative ideas to keep the industry going. You may have heard of or visited a drive in cinema, but now many bands are signing up for drive in concerts where you are allocated a parking spot and get to watch a live act on stage from your car! This sounds a really good idea, I would love to visit one this summer. You can read more about the Drive in concerts here: https://www.livenation.co.uk/utilitalivefromthedrivein
Book as soon as possible
There is likely to be a surge in bookings for last minute getaways with it being the first chance for people to travel and the last chance to enjoy the summer sunshine. Lots of holiday destinations are offering money back guarantees in the event that your trip is affected by Covid-19, so this gives peace of mind if you are worried about further restrictions.
Support tourism businesses that need it the most!
All of the tourism industry has struggled dramatically during Covid-19 and are in huge need of visitors to help them survive. Tourist towns and volunteer-led attractions such as historic steam railways have especially struggled, so by donating or visiting these local attractions in your area, you could save them from closing permanently and help to keep a part of history. If you aren’t comfortable with visiting now or they are not yet open then think about buying gift vouchers or booking a future visit as this will really help in their long term future.
There are many opportunities this summer to explore more of your home country, enjoy the outdoors and help struggling businesses, all while being respectful and careful of the current situation. Hope everyone has a great summer!
If you are planning your staycation, How is it going!?
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