Apr 4, 2011

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The Benefits of Staycationing!

This is a guest post by Annabella Forbes

Staycationing? The beautiful art of holidaying at home – or at least in the same country.

We have a wealth of destinations here in the UK that are fascinating, terrific, exciting, breathtaking and beautiful – sometimes you miss the things that are right in front of you. From the following pointers, hopefully you will see how staycationing can both save you money and result in some fantastic breaks away.

Benefit #1 – Save Money and Avoid airport taxes and other travel fees.

Airlines, while great at getting you from A to B can really put pressure on your purse strings with their extra charges when it comes to holidaying abroad, not to mention the fact that you will probably have to buy food in the airport which in itself is financially crippling! Holidaying in the UK means you just need a car or train (or even just a bike!).

Additionally you can feel extra smug because, unlike your jet-setting friends, your carbon footprint will be as minuscule as that of an ant wearing stilettos. Holidaying in the UK can also save you a fortune on visas and time – it can all be done last minute and on a whim! Staycationing allows you to be spontaneous: plan your break away on a Friday afternoon and leave that evening!

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Benefit #2 – Find Unique and Interesting Places to Stay

Where can you stay on your staycation? Well, there’s always hotels and B&B’s (which admittedly can be quite pricey at times), but staying in a real home is another great option. This is a lot less restrictive than staying in a hotel and far nicer and more fun in my opinion – plus you don’t have to check in, queue for a seat in the restaurant or wait at the bar for a drink. You are often met with a warm welcome instead of a reception desk and most probably the smell of a delicious supper wafting in from the kitchen – this new fad is just like staying with friends.

Even if it’s just for the weekend it’s a great way to end the working week winding down in a comfy living room, experiencing something completely different yet just like home, but a little bit adventurous as you renew your passion for Britain – they don’t call it Great for nothing!

Really affordable accommodation CAN be found in the UK – from cottages to castles, farms to city pads, some of the friendliest, loveliest, cheapest, prettiest, nicest, cosy, lovely-jubly home from home affordable accommodation can be discovered on our very own lovely little island. Plus many of these properties are just perfect if you are a freelance contract worker, going on a course or just travelling for work!

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Benefit #3 – Meet new people who could actually become your friends

Let’s face it, you’re not going to stay in touch with that lovely waiter from that bar or the lady in the shop who sold you those overpriced sunglasses. Visiting somewhere in the UK however means you have the chance to make friends all over the country – as the saying goes, ‘a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet’.

A home from home experience can make a huge difference to your stay away. It can be really enjoyable and you get to meet great people – it’s something that should be seen as exciting – there is no-one better to stay with than people from the area you are visiting, as this will enrich your experience (and if you’re lazy like me you won’t have to read a guide book as they will tell you all you need to know!) Britain is a hugely welcoming nation full of fantastic Hosts waiting to have you to stay!

From me to you, enjoy your stay(cation)!

Annabella Forbes, founder of Bed&Fed a network of home from home guest rooms across the UK and Ireland.

p.s. Bed&Fed is always recruiting: new Hosts receive 15 months membership for the price of 12.

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