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With international travel forever changed by COVID-19, travellers are seeking alternative options to get their wanderlust fix. We've found the best ways to make your staycation stand out from the crowd (and of course, make your instagram pop).
Hiring a campervan is the perfect way to explore your home country. Make #VanLife a reality and take your home on wheels wherever you go. There are several providers offering rental services (think Airbnb but for campers!), but our favourite is Quirky Campers.
We rented with this company this Summer and had the best experience! We hired Olive and had an amazing 5 days travelling around the South Coast. We opted for a van with a shower and toilet, and would 100% recommend this. It made us feel completely off-grid (particularly important in the current pandemic!) and we soon got used to having facilities with us wherever we went. Check back soon for the full review!
There's something magical about log cabins, whether you're soaking in a hot tub in a Summer's evening, or laying by the fire on a cold Winter's night. Even if you don't consider yourself to be 'outdoorsy', a log cabin break brings holidaying back to basics, without losing any of your home comforts. Forest Holidays offer log cabins on sites throughout the UK, and hosts anything from a two-person (pet friendly!) cabin with a hot tub, to a 10-person treehouse.
Most cabins are located in rural settings, so if internet is essential for your staycation then double check phone signal availability and/or wifi provision. Remember though - it can be nice to switch off from the screens for a few days!
Canal boats are one of the oldest forms of transport in the UK, and although they are no longer used for their traditional purpose, they're a hit with holidaymakers who want to slow down in every sense of the word. Longboats can be rented for a short weekend through to a full week or two, giving you the perfect opportunity to find some of the best waterside pubs in the UK.
Most rental companies give full training (usually around 1 hour) before you depart, giving you a chance to get to know your new floating home and learn how everything works. With an average speed of 3mph, a canal holiday is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and take a step pack from the pace of modern life.
There are hundreds of waterways throughout the UK, and a driving license isn't required - why not give it a go?!
The tiny house movement has boomed in recent years. Sustainable and environmentally friendly (and not to mention really cool), tiny houses are an amazing way to enjoy all the comforts of a typical home with a twist. Some tiny house villages even offer hot tubs, to add some glamour to your getaway!
Tiny Houses give you the opportunity to stay in the weird and wonderful places that are usually too small for conventional accommodation. Take this old Victorian toilet block in Norfolk - it definitely puts the tiny in tiny home, but with amazing sea views and a literal beachfront location, you can guarantee that this would be a staycation with a difference.
Although not new on the staycation scene, glamping is a great modern alternative to traditional camping. Love the natural feeling that camping brings, but also love your mattress? Glamping could be the next trip for you. There are thousands of providers across the country to suit all needs and budgets. Places like Camp Katur in North Yorkshire offer a range of accommodation on one site - they have everything from Geodomes to Hobbit Pods! Other places - like Black Shed in the Scottish Highlands - are miles from anyone and anything else around, and are a perfect getaway from the stresses of modern life.