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Staycation Inspiration

Staycation Inspiration

Written by Emma D'Arcy

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a staycation to remember this winter.

With so many options available now that the domestic travel industry is open for business, there are lots of exciting, different holidays that we can enjoy to make the most of much-deserved time out. From log cabin getaways in the mountains to shared accommodation with friends in the countryside, once you start researching (which I personally love to do!) you’ll discover there are a wide variety of options for everyone, so it’s well worth exploring holiday ideas to get inspired about the upcoming winter holidays.

Given that we haven’t been able to ‘holiday’ for some time, winter 2021 is fast approaching and it’s finally time to take that much-anticipated break that we have been waiting for. Whilst I still personally always love jet-setting to Europe and beyond on far-flung adventures, there’s also a lot to be said for simple weekend retreats and staycations closer to home. That moment at the end of the week when you close the laptop and bundle an assortment of cozy winter wear into the car, stopping enroute to stock up on supplies of wine and delicious food, then hitting the road and watching the scenery change from bustling city life into rolling hills and stunning sunsets as you make your way to your staycation home for the week. Most staycation destinations are only a drive away, meaning we can travel sustainably, supporting our local hotels and hospitality industry this year, with the bonus of no luggage limit to consider!

There are no shortage of exciting options, and half the fun is usually selecting the kind of accommodation you’re looking for. If you’re keen on an active holiday and planning long hikes, fresh air, and mountain scenery, then check out log cabins and eco-friendly options, or talk to friends about places they have visited recently that they can recommend. If you prefer a relaxed, luxurious getaway by the coast, then research boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfasts, where you can spend your days strolling along windswept beaches and cozying up next to a roaring log fire with a novel in hand. Rural escapes in the countryside also provide a welcome retreat and change of scenery, with cottages or converted farmhouses to rent with a group of friends for a social trip away, and much needed catch-up time. If you’re lucky enough to live near snowy destinations, then there is nothing like a staycation in a beautifully situation ski chalet to get you in the festive spirit, indulging in the alpine lifestyle! Check out the amenities available when you’re researching destinations too, as so many locations offer all sorts of luxurious extras from hot tubs to roll-top bathtubs and Aga cookers, if you’re dining and entertaining a group of guests.

Once you have found the dream staycation destination and have booked your accommodation, it’s time to plan a few activities during your stay, or simply read up on the area you’re visiting if it’s somewhere new. Spending time familiarizing yourself with the destination always pays off, and allows you to appreciate your location so much more when you finally arrive, knowing what makes the place so special – the culture, history, or simply the best restaurants. Otherwise, simply planning to kick back and relax for a week is equally as rewarding – it’s completely down to personal preference – and it’s all about what works for you to make the most of your winter staycation.

Thinking back to my last winter trip, we stayed in a beautiful converted barn by the coast. Mornings were spent walking our dog along the beach in our wellies, afternoons were spent exploring local villages, coffee shops and cultural points of interest, then evenings relaxing by the fire, cooking up feasts and playing games or enjoying local country pubs.

This winter, I’ll be looking for a mountain retreat to escape and unwind for a few days of serious rest and relaxation. Now that you’re thinking about the possibilities for the festive season – start exploring some ideas for your own ideal winter staycation – and before you know it, the time to kick back with a glass of mulled wine, a deliciously absorbing novel and cozy nights in, will be here as we celebrate the most magical time of year.

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