The rise and rise of the Staycation has been monitored over the past 10 years or so, since the phrase was first coined. Research by Visit England showed an increase of about 17% from 2008 to 2013 for Brits taking short breaks in the UK. So why is it that we are increasingly choosing not to fly?
The recession made people more canny with their money, preferring to shop around for a bargain break rather than splashing out on a holiday abroad. However, as the economy has improved the demand for staycations has not abated, in fact travellers are filling the gaps between holidays with weekends away to recharge their batteries after a stressful week.
In these troubled times with the threat of terrorist action worldwide, even more than ever people are staying close to home instead of taking international flights. This does not mean that the holiday is less exciting. When staying in a country that you know, the emphasis of your break is on what you want to experience. Instead of lying on a beach or doing a spot of sightseeing, on a staycation you might decide to take a gourmet break including wine tastings and fine dining. Alternatively you could take a themed historical tour, following the footsteps of Julius Caesar or Drake's journey from Plymouth Hoe! to London, or trailing Harald Hardrada from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, for example. Here at Tasteful Travel we combine these two ideas to offer a complete culinary history experience. Planned exclusively for you or your group.
On a staycation you can combine your interests with a package, so you may add a couple of days golfing to your gourmet break, or learn a new skill such as foraging. Your holiday is only limited by your imagination.