Sometimes the best things in life are right under our noses and we can't see them for looking. It's why the ardent traveller often overlooks the treasures of the UK when planning their next adventure.
Enjoying a day out, mini-break or holiday in the UK can have multiple benefits. As much as everyone loves a fortnight in the sun, research has found that taking frequent short breaks can actually be better for you than one long holiday.
We therefore pose that there's never been a better time to plan the perfect staycation! And just in case you need a little more convincing, here are some of the many benefits of treating yourself to a UK getaway…
1. You can avoid the airports
If the pandemic has made you nervous about flying you aren't alone. According to a global survey of 10,000 people carried out by Inmarsat, 31% of air passengers are planning on flying less frequently than before. While we might all be excited to start going on holiday again there's no doubt that, at least for the near future, our holiday habits will be quite different. One of these changes is likely to be enjoying more local sights, and luckily for UK residents there are plenty of them.
Whether it's a long weekend strolling the Yorkshire Dales, a leisurely canal boat holiday or a luxury boutique cruise of the British Isles, the constraints of a no-fly holiday can be surprisingly liberating, allowing you to get to see the UK in a whole new light.
2. It's kinder on your wallet
Since the referendum, the value of the pound has dropped to some of the lowest levels in decades. Whilst this has made holidays abroad suddenly much pricier, it has also given the British tourist industry something of a boost. As well as attracting many overseas tourists to the UK, Brits are also looking for holidays closer to home.
Rail offers such as a BritRail Pass, which allows you to travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales, and M-Pass (Mobile Pass) have been launched to encourage travel across the country. So before looking to go abroad, why not consider all the options in the UK?
3. There's rich history everywhere
The UK is packed with historical wonders. From relics left by the Vikings, Romans and Normans to the stately homes, castles and palaces of our famous kings and queens, there are historical sites scattered throughout the country.
Visit the mysterious Stonehenge for the summer solstice, explore the eerie vaults of Edinburgh's underground city or marvel at the imposing domed roof of St. Paul's Cathedral – there's something here for everyone.
There are so many beautiful places to visit in England you are spoilt for choice. Find out more about English holidays here
4. We boast some of the world's best countryside
If you're a fan of the great outdoors, why not book a charming, self-catered country cottage and experience rural life like a true local? From the rugged Highlands of Scotland to the sandy beaches of Cornwall and everything in between, the UK has it all. Rolling hills, ancient forests, imposing mountains and stunning lakes and lochs - just take your pick and get out there to explore.
Read our tips for great ways to explore the UK.
5. The cities are world-class
The world loves London thanks to its unparalleled shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities, but the capital isn't the only vibrant city destination in the UK.
From the fashion and music scene of Manchester to the medieval alleyways of York, there are myriad cities and towns that boast a mix of modern delights and olde worlde wonders to keep even the most dedicated city slicker happy.
6. You can take your dog with you
With Brexit making taking your dog abroad a bit more hassle than it was before why not consider staying closer to home? Many holiday cottages have dog-friendly options, and the UK's woodlands and farmland make some excellent walking routes. There's also no shortage of dog-friendly beaches across the UK just waiting for your pooch to explore.
7. You can enjoy the UK whatever the weather
Hands up if you ever have a slight case of the infamous winter blues? We know we do. A weekend away in the countryside is one of the best ways to get rid of them. And who cares about the weather? One of the beauties of short UK breaks is that they aren't weather-dependent. There's something special about wrapping up warm and taking a brisk walk through countryside before cosying up in the warm; and if the heavens open while wandering around a city, head to a local museum or restaurant.
8. You can just get up and go
No VISA woes, no flights to book - taking a UK mini-break or holiday can be an impulsive decision. Check out last-minute deals on hotels and B&Bs in the area you want to visit, or even hit the road in a motorhome. Even a day trip filled with new sights and experiences will do you some good, 'a change is as good as a rest' after all.
9. It's good for the UK's economy
A UK holiday helps support UK businesses, whether that's independent coffee shops, hotels, museums or B&Bs. Considering it is estimated that around 10,000 cafes, restaurants and inns have closed during the pandemic, resulting in the loss of about 640,000 jobs, it's more important than ever to support our home-grown businesses and allow the country to flourish after a particularly challenging period of uncertainty.
Visit our Days Out section for more ways to enjoy spending time in the UK, including the best beaches for adults and the best National Trust gardens
Even if you’ve lived your whole life in the UK, there’s always somewhere new to discover. Find out more here