Whoever said a holiday needs to be abroad? These days, we are so quick to assume that a holiday requires us to leave our wonderful land and head to another. In Our youth many have seen more of France or Spain than they have of their own great country! But this summer, I recommend you stop before looking up flights, and consider perhaps trying something both new and familiar. Why not take this time to explore your own wonderful country, or somewhere else in the UK, and allow yourself to fall back in love with it. We promise, there's more to the UK than we give it credit for!
A staycation in the UK also allows you to avoid uncertainty and the possibility of cancellation. You're saved from visa or health risks by being in charge of your destination and remaining within borders. The freedom of a motorhome, with the privacy it provides.
What is a staycation?
A staycation is exactly as the name implies, a staying vacation. Instead of travelling to another country, you stay in the one you live in, and explore an area of it instead. Why should you go for a staycation? Well, firstly the money that would’ve been spent of flights can go towards something else for you to enjoy this holiday. Such as a luxurious motorhome! Secondly, you get to take it back to your roots and relish in your patriotism. Thirdly, no hassle with visas or passports, airport queues or the painful cost of the bureau de change! No fuss with other languages (even when you are somewhere where Welsh or Gaelic is the most spoken language). And thank goodness no panic attack when you realise you’re driving on the wrong side of the road, again!
It doesn't have to be staying in your city of residence, but merely within the borders of your country. You could explore neighbouring villages, or drive further to the top tourist sites of the country.
Why take a campervan?
Consider a campervan to be an upgrade from your ordinary road trip. Campervans give you the freedom to follow any paths, and not need to plan every step of your trip. It will allow you to see as much of the UK as you desire - and have time for! Instead of choosing one of the wonderful places we suggest in this blog to visit, choose a bunch of them. And then relieve yourself of the hassle of searching for accomodation, paying ridiculous prices for hotels or hostels, and take your accommodation with you! Permit yourself to properly unpack and bring with you your favourite comforts from home. Sleeping with your own pillow and blanket is always a bonus on holidays, almost as great as it would be to bring your own bed! Another reason to take a campervan is that you don’t have to grow tired of either overspending on food or having unfilling meals. Simply cook your own, and let your meals out be a treat and not a necessity.
Now that we’ve decided on your staycation with a campervan in the UK, it is time to look at where you’ll be going. There were so many incredible options to choose from, but we’ve tried to narrow it down to our top picks!
Firstly, anyone who lives in the UK but has not witnessed the immense beauty of Wales is unacceptable! Use this opportunity to explore this historically rich area. A Goboony favourite is the Abergwesyn Pass in Powys. It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive around these 11 miles of sharp turns, steep ascents, bridges and exhilarating descents. It is surrounded by beautiful forests, mountains and sweet villages, ensuring an entertaining view throughout!
While in Wales, also consider Black Mountain Pass, a 22 mile challenging route that reaches 495 metres at its highest point. This 45 minute drive will provide you with stunning views across the mountains.
Back in our fair England, there are numerous sites to be seen. There's a reason we attract millions of travellers annually.
Ever seen the Lake district? Quite a drive up north but worth it for the beautiful scenery at England’s largest National Park. If people fly over from the US to see this area, it is certainly worth taking a long weekend to witness for ourselves!
Or engage in some history by visiting Stonehenge in Wiltshire, our very own UNESCO World Heritage Site. Combine this with a drive through Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset, and be in awe of Britain’s biggest gorge and some breathtaking natural beauty. You’ll be on the edge of your seat negotiating the twists and turns through these spectacular 450 foot high limestone cliffs. Take this opportunity for some adventure through exploring the stalactite caverns - full of prehistoric markings - or go for some rock climbing!There are plenty of other heritage sites to witness. You could even combine them all for a jaw dropping road trip through England!
If you're looking for somewhere to isolate yourself, look no further than bonny Scotland. This vast country is filled with endless landscapes, soaring mountains and beautiful coasts. You can drive for days and encounter no one, or head to one of the major cities to meet the friendliest Scots! A first time trip to Scotland is not complete without visiting lochs. Scotland is also the ideal holiday destination for active travellers. If you can't spend more than a minute seated, grab your hiking boots and a raincoat. Hiking in Scotland is better than any trip abroad, so let the Scotland staycation begin!
If you're looking for tranquility, then the Isle of Arran would be your top choice. Looking to combine sightseeing with a city trip? You'll find plenty of bustling cities and stunning views in Dumfries and Galloway.
A Staycation Road Trip
A staycation in the UK doesn't mean you have to stay in one place! Use this rare opportunity to explore numerous destinations from your bucket list, and make the most of the freedom of motorhome travel. Embark on a staycation road trip for your next bank holiday weekend or vacation and delight is the numerous places to visit.
Road Trips in the UK
Some of the best UK road trips can be found in Scotland. The most popular one is the North Coast 500, considered to be the Scottish alternative to Route 66. It takes you through northern Scotland, beginning and ending in Inverness. Looking for something less touristic? Head down to embark on the South West Coastal 300, the lesser known sister of the NC500.
But a road trip in Wales is certainly an impressive option as well. It's difficult to beat the gorgeous coastal path of Wales, and fitting in a climb up Mount Snowdon would suit well!
If you're living in London, you're probably eager to escape for a staycation more in tune with nature. We have two ideal options to achieve that. You could push yourself to embark on the London to Edinburgh road trip, encompassing the best both country's have to offer and combining a city trip with more rural stops. Less time on your hands or looking to fit in a few beach days? Then you'll love our itinerary for the London to Cornwall road trip!
The options are endless, your staycation in the UK with a campervan will not fail to keep you entertained and falling more in love with your own country! We hope our staycation ideas have been helpful, and if not, a simple search online or in a guidebook will provide you with dozens more. Enjoy your travels and enjoy the freedom of your campervan!