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.
Also, as much as everyone loves a fortnight in the sun, recent 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 incase you need a little more convincing, here are some of the many benefits of treating yourself to a UK getaway…
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1. 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.
A £40 million boost to the British tourism industry as well as changes to licensing, which allows B&Bs to offer guests a welcome drink, amongst other perks – has meant travelling in the UK is an attractive option.
Additionally, new rail offers such as a BritRail Pass 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?
2. There's rich history everywhere
Unlike some parts of the world where the sights are relatively modern, the UK is packed with historical wonders. From relics left by the Vikings, Romans and Normans to the stately homes 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.
3. 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?
Saga customers can save up to 10% with our partners cottages.com and 5% with Hoseasons and wake up to the breathtaking coastal scenery of Cornwall, the quaint country charm of Norfolk or even on board a house boat, wending your way along the Oxford canal.
4. 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.
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5. The endless calendar of festivals and events
Some of the world's greatest festivals and events attract visitors to the UK in their droves. Whether it's watching the tennis masters at Wimbledon, admiring the blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show or flitting between plays and performances at the Edinburgh Festival, there are enough fun things to do in the UK to cater to all manner of tastes and preferences.
6. Banish those Winter Blues
Hands up if you have a slight dose of the infamous Winter Blues? We know we do. A weekend away in the countryside is the best way to get rid of them. And who cares about the weather? The beauty of short UK breaks are 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.
If we've managed to peak your interest, why not start with Saga's UK short breaks? Or you can join one of our reputable travel partners for exclusive deals on self-catering accommodation.