As much as we enjoy our annual holidays, they are often considered a luxury expense when the economy takes a turn for the worst. And that is exactly what has happened in the UK as millions of families have decided to scrap their vacation plans and stay at home. The practice has become so commonplace that they even invented a new word for it. They call them staycations.
A staycation is when someone takes a vacation at home or in the UK. And according to the latest statistics, more people are taking them. International travel from the UK was off by nearly ten percent in 2009. But just because you have to stay home doesn't mean you can't have any fun.
One of the great things about living in the UK is that you have four countries you can visit in your own backyard. Transportation between Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland is affordable because they are all on the same island. Well, all except Northern Ireland. That makes planning your adventure with the family a breeze.
It is also a fact that most residents of the UK have not seen every member nation, which is part of the fun of taking a vacation, right? — to go somewhere that you have never been. But before you book a hotel room or arrange for transportation, there are a few things that you should know.
First, most regions in the UK have reported significant declines in tourism over the past two years. As a result, most hotels, motels, and apartment rentals have had to cut their rates to attract new guests. In short, there are deals out there to be found if you only take the time to look. So, do some research and book your vacation a few weeks in advance. It will pay off in the end.