Whoever said money can’t buy you happiness clearly wasn’t a traveller – those flights and hotel splurges can really add up if you’ve got a penchant for seeing the world. However, we believe the old adage really does have a point: it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy a well-deserved holiday. In fact, here in the UK there are a myriad of memorable destinations to explore – the trusty staycation is going nowhere fast.
So, in order to get those inspirational juices flowing, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite staycations for the over 50s. Which one appeals to you?
From the wild ponies and stunning greenery that make up Dartmoor and Exmoor, to the fascinating fossil-strewn cliffs of the Jurassic coast, Devon is a place where you can thoroughly immerse yourself in nature. Camping has long been considered the go-to holiday for those who can’t resist the call of Mother Nature, but if the idea of trying to sleep on uneven ground or doing without a hot shower seems much less appealing than it did 30 years ago, why not consider glamping as a viable alternative? Glamorous camping options range from fully furnished yurts, complete with comfortable beds and wood-burning stoves, to cosy shepherd huts and gypsy caravans where you’re tucked up in a bunk for the night. Some sites come with their own private hot tub or personal shower facilities – try out sites such as Love-Glamping or Canopy & Stars for a range of creative accommodation ideas.
If the bright lights of the big city hold more appeal than sleeping under the stars, head to the nation’s capital where you can enjoy a variety of different experiences – there’s something for everyone in London. From the bloody history of the Tower of London to seeing how the other half live at Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty to keep history buffs occupied. World-class museums and galleries like the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery will offer plenty of browsing material for culture vultures. Foodies will be in seventh heaven browsing the international stalls at Camden Market or wining and dining in top-notch restaurants, from the Michelin-starred to the family-run. And last, but not least, shopaholics can enjoy access to the high street superstores of Oxford Circus as well as quirky vintage markets such as Portobello. Who needs the Big Apple when you have the Big Smoke on your doorstep?
If a budget break is the name of your game, consider a self-catered cottage in the charming Cotswolds. Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage for two or space for all the family, sites such as Cottages.com and Hoseasons.co.uk offer a wide range of unique and beautiful properties, right in the heart of Cotswold countryside. This part of England is truly a national treasure with traditional inns, quaint villages, grandiose houses and story-book scenery enchanting visitors year after year. Some of the highlights of this region include the riverside Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford with its thriving antiques shops; Cirencester, with its Roman heritage; and tranquil Naunton, which offers all the peace and quiet you might hope for during your countryside retreat.
Our final staycation idea will appeal to those who can’t resist an offbeat holiday and enjoy the taste of something a little different. Explore the natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads, the largest network of waterways in England, from on board your very own houseboat. Rental companies like Hoseasons.co.uk offer narrowboat holiday experiences, complete with short training sessions to help you learn how to handle the boat before you set off. Enjoy the freedom that comes with life on the move whilst indulging in a little wildlife-spotting along the way. Plus, whenever hunger or thirst strikes, you can moor up at a charming riverside pub and relax as you watch the world float by.
It’s a common misconception that a staycation does not require travel insurance, but the same issues with luggage loss or theft, cancellations and delays can certainly still apply. It pays to play it safe to ensure your dream holiday doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Allow Medical Travel Compared to help you find the right policy to ensure you’re covered, no matter what.