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Finding Adventure in a Staycation

June 12, 2019
what to see and do in Bath on a staycation
The Pulteney Bridge

Cast your mind back to your childhood. Did you ever go down to the bottom of your garden, be it a big or small area, to investigate what was under rocks or whether there really was fairies living at the end? Can you recall getting into the car with your parents to drive to your cousins house, and it seeming that you were in the car forever? In truth, it was more than likely just the next town but you were convinced you had been driving for hours and hours and hours. If we think about it, that is probably the first time that we are finding adventure in a staycation, or road trips!

Road trip to the perfect staycation
Road Trip, micro-adventure, staycation. All are an experience!

I can remember when I was small, I packed up my red ballet bag, (packed it with 7 pairs of knickers and a wrap around cardi) and decided I was off on an adventure. I walked round to the phone box literally 30 feet away from my house, heaved open the door (which was suddenly the door to a new world in my eyes) and sat on the floor. The pay phone itself was obviously now my space ship phone and the chewing gum stuck to the floor clearly plasma from another world. I was 100% on the best adventure ever!

Finding adventure in a staycation

My point to this ramble, (I promise you there is a point), is that as we get older, we forget that we really can have an adventure much closer to home. There seems to be a slight snobbery in choosing to not jump on a plane to travel, but if we think about it, travel just means leaving your home for somewhere new doesn’t it? For many of us, budget, annual leave constraints, fear of flying, health restrictions, all manor of reasons, can mean that we need to take our holidays or break away, a little closer to home.

finding adventure in a staycation
Exploring your own back yard

Enter stage right the fabulous staycation, micro adventure, or whatever else you want to call it. In my humble opinion, the underrated holiday or mini break. I will always know how very lucky I am that I have been able to travel and see many places in the world. I love that and guarantee you I plan to see many more! (You can see my European wish list in this post, My European Travel wishlist) I also think though, Nik and I can forget that although we live just outside of London, that too makes for a great City break, especially exploring the parts we don’t know as well. We plan on doing that more too!

So, a few years back Nik and I realised that in reality, we had not really seen much of the historical, cultural or just beautiful places in the UK. We started using our weekend to venture out in the car for day trips or over nighters. (There is a whole series on the blog of where we have ventured so far, you can see it here – Exploring Britain). We are also very fortunate to have some flexibility, as I work for myself, and Nik does shift work. This means that he can be off between 3 and 16 days on his shift breaks, so we have learnt to use those breaks wisely.

The Mermaid Inn Rye Ideal for a staycation
A favourite amongst smugglers

Does a Staycation appeal to you?

As some of you may know that have followed along with my blog for a while, we are now waiting for Nik to get the go-ahead for the cancer curing operation that he needs with a specialist in Basingstoke. This means that although Nik could technically fly now, the fact that he is still “in treatment” means he can’t get travel insurance without selling a lung, promising our first grandchild to them and letting them take a retina. We find it impossible to not travel, we would go stir crazy, so we will be finding adventure in a staycation for sure this year!

road trip the scottish highlands the perfect place for finding adventure on a staycation
We have seen Scotland and Ireland, Wales is next

So, other than a trip to Jersey that we are flying to, we are concentrating on the humble stay-close-to-home-trips this summer, and I cannot blooming wait! Obviously, our trusty National Trust card (see how to join here, so budget friendly) will be utilised to the max, with some trips being booked around places we have earmarked to see from their extensive list of options. We also have a hit list in mind of Towns/areas, (including Wales, Isle of Skye, Oxford, Cornwall and The Cotswolds), but please feel free to add any suggestions in the comments. I will gladly add to my list….

So, I would love to hear what you thoughts are on staycations. Do you consider them a worthy break? Are you happy to look for the fairies at the end of your garden? Are you a fan of the micro-adventure? Do you have a fear of flying that means you tend to stay in your home country? Do you feel its only a holiday if you go overseas? I would love to hear what you think. I find it interesting how people view holidays etc. xx

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18 responses to “Finding Adventure in a Staycation”

  1. gemmaorton says:

    I haven’t been on a plane since age 7 due to health and accessibility. So without a ‘staycation’ I would never get a holiday. I would love to travel further, but as you say there are some great places on our doorstep! I’ve got a Center Parcs weekend booked for the end of June, it’s only a 30 minutes drive but feels like another world. I’m also only 90 minutes from London, so enjoy road trips or tourist days in the city.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Exactly Gemma, a break is a break and I really don;t understand why people think otherwise. They are missing out! I love that you feel you are in another world just being half hour away. That is brilliant and a holiday is as much a state of mind as it is a physical thing isnt it. Is the Eurostar an option for you? They seem to be adding more destinations to that route I have noticed. Just a thought as I know I quite fancy jumping on a train for a trip. Thank you so much for your thoughts xx

      • gemmaorton says:

        I love how you say a holiday is a state of mind, you’re so right!
        I have got the Eurostar to Paris a couple of times and to Disney. But no further yet. A few years ago I enquired about travelling by train to Italy, Italy is my dream. But whichever route I took it required going on a sleeper train even if only briefly. But the train wouldn’t take my electric wheelchair.

        • kerrylifeandloves says:

          Oh no Gemma, what a shame! Do you see changes happening in travel for the better? Maybe one day you will be able to travel to Italy xxx

          • gemmaorton says:

            Changes are definitely happening. But the one wheelchair spaces on buses and some trains needs improvement. And if I could stay in my wheelchair for a flight, it might just be possible!

          • kerrylifeandloves says:

            I think it will become possible. I really do. I hope with all my heart that it happens soon. The world is your oyster then xxx

  2. This is one of my bugbears, so I’ll try not to make it a rant!

    As a child, my grandparents didn’t enjoy travelling abroad, but we went all round the country and I had a big list of counties to tick off which ones I’d been to.

    In my 20s I travelled a lot more, and was glad I did.

    Now, for various reasons, we’re not going on any holidays abroad at the moment and it feels like every time I say I have some time off, people want to know where I’m flying off to. But I’m not. We’ve been away in the UK, and I have a big old list of relatively local places to explore. And that can be fun too.

    I find people have become quite insensitive about this to be honest. There are so many reasons why people don’t travel abroad. Health reasons. Money reasons. Environmental reasons. People just having different priorities. Some people even look down on you because they think the only holiday worth having is one on a sunny beach somewhere. Whereas a staycation really has a lot going for it!

    So thanks for doing a post about the good old staycation 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhh you rant away my lovely. Its freedom of speech over here haha! I agree with you totally, and have noticed myself that some people just dont understand that a trip in this country, (or wherever you live) is still a trip! I have had as much fun and revitalisation from a trip here in the UK, as I have doing a mini break abroad. The staycation is so overlooked. It makes me feel sad as those people are missing out on some beautiful destinations here in the UK. Just for the record, a sunny beach location does not appeal to me at all. I cant sit still that long hahah! Thank you so much for reading, and I love to hear your thoughts so appreciate your comment xxx

  3. Alex Grace says:

    I enjoy going anywhere that I get to be with my family – holidays are about quality time with my family, where we all stress a little less and make fun a priority. We can do that anywhere! I do like going abroad as I find the whole airport thing exciting and part of being abroad means experiencing different cultures. However, there is masses to be said for staycations too! Hope you have lots of fun on yours Kerry (I’m sure you will) and can’t wait to read all about them x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      I love being at an airport Alex! Its so weird isnt it as they are busy, manic places but I love it! I am positive that it will be a fun summer. I am actually really excited about seeing so much more of the UK, supporting our own tourism and heritage. I am going to be an expert on Manor Houses by October hahaha! As you say, as long as I am with the people that matter to me I will be a happy lady.

  4. Liz says:

    My last staycation was 5 days in Newark, which I blogged about. I would love to have another weekend, or 5 days there, using the same place as last time where I had my bed and breakfast and a dinner later in the week, but just can’t afford to. So it’s day trips out local I hope to do. One being just a nature park I recently went onto. I will be going back there for my walks and I think a packed lunch if sunny. It’s on my doorstep, but it feels miles away once in there.

    I hope to maybe have odd day trips further afield. Newark again has been one of them, where a friend of mine lives. But also next Friday, I will be in Oxford to meet a friend, which I travel down using a local coach company, when they do trips that way.

    I have enjoyed other parks in my local area, or in the next town.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahh Liz I love that you have found joy in parks near to you. That makes my day! It is often as much about frame of mind and how we view a little break as it is where we actually end up isnt it. I have never been to Newark, I will pop across for a read. It sounds like one that may have to go on my list! I am very jealous you are getting to Oxford. I have had that one on my list for a while. Enjoy! x

      • Liz says:

        I will do thanks. I am still to know my way round Oxford. I feel a little more comfortable the last time I went, but still could get lost. I shall enjoy my time with my friend.
        My friend will take to a lake that I did not get the chance to see when I was last there. So all being well, weather good and we will have our lunch down there.

        If I am in a park, or some nature reserve of some kind, I am happy. So yes, I will be enjoying that.

        Hopefully next year, I get to have three, or five days in Newark.

  5. Thank you, and that’s so true. No, beaches don’t do it for me either – give me wide open fields or a city break instead! XX

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Kerry I went to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, with four school friends in May. Had a fantastic time , the most beautiful coastline !! If you’ve not been give it a go.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh sounds beautiful! I have explored some of Southern Ireland, but only been to Northern once. I have heard it has some beautiful parts! Another one for my list, thank you! xxx

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