Three staycations away from the masses to try this summer

UK trips are experiencing a popularity boom due to the restrictions on travelling abroad. If you’re finding everything’s booked up, try these uncommon holiday options that offer something quieter...

Amy Smith
Amy Smith
Updated 12 May 2021  | 2 min read

You might've seen in the news that up to 90% of UK holiday destinations are sold out for this summer.

But if you don’t fancy crammed beaches and fully booked campsites, 2021 could be the year to try something different or venture somewhere new. You might even find a little extra peace and quiet too.

Alternative locations for a quieter holiday

While the masses flock to popular destinations like Cornwall, Tenby and Edinburgh, it’s worth considering lesser-known places for a more peaceful break.  

Love a mountainous adventure? Then swap Snowdonia for the Brecon Beacons. For striking coastal scenes like those on the Isle of Skye, try the Isle of Mull. Or if you enjoy landmarks like Stonehenge, then Castlerigg could be a quieter but no less impressive alternative.  

Thanks to the NHS, you won’t need to worry about having enough medical cover on your UK travel insurance, but it’s worth considering taking out a policy just in case you need to cancel your trip or if your luggage gets lost or stolen.

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Missing sailing abroad? Try a UK cruise

Most cruise lines have switched their abroad itineraries for UK-based trips. Exactly what you get depends on the company, but cruising is a great way to soak up the coastal views from a different perspective.

Cruise ships will have limited guest numbers due to social distancing, so it’ll be pleasantly uncrowded, and you’ll have access to entertainment and great places to eat, without needing to stray too far from your accommodation.

You’ll need to make sure your UK travel insurance includes cruise travel insurance, which can compensate you for sailing-specific risks like missed ports or cabin confinement.

Swap the beach for the canal with a UK boating holiday

If you’re a bit wary of potentially rough seas and want to guarantee smoother sailing, you could consider a boating holiday on one of the UKs canals. With scenic routes in Brecon, Warwickshire, and London, you’ll have more peace on the canal than at the beach.  

You don’t need a licence to rent a boat, but it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with how to drive one and canal etiquette before you book a holiday, just to make sure it’s for you.   

While travel insurance isn’t a legal requirement, it’s a good idea for a boating holiday as it could cover you for cancellation and lost or stolen luggage.

Safari park retreats in the UK – yes, really!

Safari parks including Longleat, Chessington World of Adventures, and West Midlands Safari Park have on-site accommodation, ranging from luxury hotels, to cosy lodges and even glamping sites.

Most overnight packages include the ticket price and some sort of private tour, and you’ll usually get out of hours access to the park, so you can explore in peace without all the daytime guests.

Don’t worry, you won’t need any specialist travel insurance to stay on site at a zoo. But if you’re planning to take an expensive camera to capture those majestic animals, your travel policy might not have enough cover, so you might want to consider gadget insurance.