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10 Best Staycation Ideas For 2022

A UK staycation is the way to go in 2022! Venture out into the beauty of your own country, explore the history and embrace the rich culture of different areas in the UK. A staycation can offer you the same as a foreign adventure (except you get to ditch the airport stress and huge cost). So whether you are looking for a nature trip across mountains and coastline, a city break to absorb history and culture or a unique experience to brag to your family and friends about – we have got you covered! 

Best Places to Take a Motorhome

If you are after an adventure through rich scenic areas in a luxurious motorhome, then read on…

Explore the Wilderness in the Untouched Scottish Highlands 

The Scottish Highlands is a stunning place to explore. Scotland offers dramatic views of rolling hills and tranquil lakes. Some of the best places to take a look at are:

  • Fort William has a wonderful small town that is along the shores of Loch Linnhe and is at the forefront of the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Just a stone’s throw away is the railway viaduct that is featured in the Harry Potter films. There are lots to do and see in this area. We recommend the motorhome site Linnhe Lochside Holidays if you want to tour in luxury.  
  • Loch Ness, home to the infamous Loch Ness Monster, is a notable place to check out in the Scottish Highlands. Learn about the 500 million years of history that this loch offers in the nearby exhibition, or visit the local landmarks such as  Urquhart Castle. This area is ideal for families. 
  • The Isle of Skye is one of the most historic (or should we say prehistoric) places in the Scottish Highlands. Discover fossils and wildlife along the coast and cliffs of this area. Around the island are many cosy towns, such as Portee, which are worth visiting. Find out more about the small towns and villages here

Find out more about the best motorhome sites in Scotland in our blog post ‘12 Best Motorhome Sites in Scotland’. 

Absorb the Dramatic Scenery of The Lake District

The Lake District is one of the UK’s treasures, and one of the most popular places for a staycation in the UK, as there is something for everyone there. With tranquil surroundings and a mixture of different types of backdrops for walking (e.g. around lakes, coastal, mountains and forests), and lots of opportunities for watersports, you can truly escape the stress of everyday life here.

One of the most popular lakes in The Lake District is Lake Windermere, which offers great views and a buzzy atmosphere due to the popularity of the area for families. The area offers both outdoor and indoor opportunities for fun. So whether you want to explore the lake by foot or take a river cruise or try out a new indoor adventure like an illusion exhibit, this is the perfect spot for your staycation. 

The best way to experience The Lake District is by motorhome. There are many fantastic motorhome sites to pitch up on in both popular and more remote areas. Read Melling Motorhome’s blog post ‘5 Best Motorhome Sites in The Lake District’. 

Take on the Challenge of Snowdonia 

Do you want to challenge yourself on your next staycation? Take on the climb of Snowdonia, which is Wales’ largest national park, and has over 1400 miles of nature to explore. There are 9 different mountains to take on, with both beginner-friendly and routes that aren’t for the faint of heart…

Snowdonia is a great place to explore with a motorhome, as there are lots of sites that are within walking distance of the park. With there being so many acres of nature to explore, then you are truly spoiled for choice and will not run out of land and scenery to enjoy. Check out this travel blog about the best campsites to pitch up on when you stay in Snowdonia. 

Do you want to Feel as Though you’re Abroad? Get Yourself to Cornwall

If you want a seaside getaway without splashing hundreds or even thousands of pounds on flights, then you have got to get yourself away to Cornwall! This southern area in the UK is famous for its surfing scene and miles of coats. It has been a popular staycation destination for UK tourists over the years, and once you take a dip in the tranquil sea and tuck into a Cornish pasty it is no surprise why. Here are some of the reasons you should consider Cornwall for your next trip:

  • With 400+ beaches you can sunbathe, read, swim and participate in sports on, you can feel as though you are abroad this summer. 
  • The food in Cornwall is some of the best of what Britain has to offer. Enjoy fresh seafood, Cornish pasties, scones with clotted cream and much more. 
  • There are many affordable places to stay in Cornwall. With some pitch up sites starting at just £10 per night. 

This Southern gem is ideal for motorhome holidaymakers, as there are many fantastic pitch-up sites in prime locations. The area is easy to travel through by foot and has an excellent public transport system. 

Top City Breaks in the UK

Explore the culture and historically rich cities of the UK in 2022, ideal for all year round trips.

Enjoy the Hustle and Bustle of England’s Capital City 

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and it is just on our doorstep in the UK. There is truly something for everyone in London, whether you are looking for a short family trip or a romantic getaway or even a solo day trip, there is an endless list of things to do. 

Here are some of the must-sees in the city:

Museums/Galleries:

  • The Natural History Museum
  • The V&A
  • Tate Modern
  • British Museum
  • Science Museum

Sightseeing:

  • The Tower of London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • River Thames
  • Westminster Abbey

Attractions:

  • The London Eye
  • The National Theatre
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour
  • Madame Tussauds 
  • The Shard

Other:

  • Portobello Road
  • Camden Market 
  • Borough Market 
  • Little Venice 
  • Hyde Park

Check out TimeOut’s article about the top 101 things to do in London for more ideas. 

Embrace the Historical Roots of Edinburgh 

Edinburgh is a unique city that brings together the busy vibes of a capital city, old and modern architecture and even some beautiful nature spots. One of the best things about Edinburgh is the many options for accommodation whilst you stay. You can stay in a luxury hotel, or a cosy apartment or you can get in touch with your adventurous side and pitch up at a nearby motorhome site.  If you plan to enjoy the unique, natural side of the city there are a few must-sees. At the top of the list are Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, which is a royal park that was created in the 16th century. You can enjoy a stroll through the park, and then hike up the peak to reach Arthur’s Seat, which is an old volcano. Once you are at the top, you will be able to see a stunning view of Edinburgh and take some amazing photos to make everyone back home jealous. 

Have a Weekend Away in the Exciting Maritime City of Liverpool

Liverpool is an exciting city in the North of England that would make a fantastic staycation if you are looking for something different. This city is great for both a summer getaway and winter break. Liverpool is a unique maritime city, where you can enjoy a diverse range of things to do and see. It is a city renowned for its independent restaurants, buzzing nightlife, arts and culture scene, and of course, tourist attractions for LFC and The Beatles. Read this article for more information on the best things to do in Liverpool. 

Unique Staycation Ideas

Explore the World From the Comfort of your Home with Online Virtual Tours

Who said you even have to leave your house for a staycation this year? You can go on a virtual tour with your family from the comfort of your own home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many attractions around the world created virtual tours, so people could experience new things without leaving home. Some of the best tours to check out are:

  • The Louvre: This is one of the most famous museums in the world, and you can look at ½ million of its paintings online, including the Mona Lisa up close. 
  • Yosemite National Park: Yosemite is one of America’s gems, and is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Experience the natural beauty of the place without having to lift a muscle! 
  • The Great Wall of China: Seeing this modern wonder of the world earns a spot on many people’s bucket lists, and now you can see it for free online. 

Level Up From Tents by Going Glamping This Year

Glamping is a fun staycation that you must consider for 2022. Enjoy the natural setting and stunning scenery without the hassle of packing and buying camping gear. There are lots of different types of glamping facilities e.g. a cabin, treehouse or hut, and they are spread out across the whole country. Simply find an area you want to visit, and there will no doubt be a glamping spot just a stone’s throw away. 

We Dare you to a Haunted House Sleepover… 

Ditch the idea that staycations have to be relaxing, and stay in a haunted house overnight with your friends. There are haunted houses that you can book to stay in throughout the year in the UK. Get a group together and take on the challenge, and see if you can survive the whole night. Check out some of the upcoming events here