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The best-kept staycation secret destinations in the UK

Brexit, eh? I’m still a bit dazed and confused about what it means for the UK. On the plus side – I always like to look for positives, however hard that might be – the slide of the pound has eased for now, and our currency has steadied somewhat over the last couple of weeks. But if you’re a holidaymaker looking to travel abroad, the result of the referendum vote on 23 June hasn’t been great news. In fact, research suggests that it has added £245 to the price of an average family holiday. Not cool.

For those whose tickets are already booked or those who are still keen to travel abroad this summer, there are ways and means of neutralising the increased costs of going away on holiday. However, there is another magical solution which will almost certainly save you a fortune, and (hopefully!) without you having any less of a good time: a staycation.

We’re big fans of holidaying close to home so, just between me and you, here are five of the best-kept staycation secret destinations in the UK:

The Norfolk Broads

Sailing boats on the Norfolk Broads - staycation secret destinations

It may be in a tucked-away part of the country, but that’s what makes the Norfolk Broads all the more peaceful. It offers a great opportunity to rent a houseboat for a relaxing week of meandering along the wetlands, while taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding environment at its untouched, glorious best. Rather like a canal-boat holiday, but for nature lovers.

The delights of Cornwall

Perranporth beach in Cornwall - staycation secret destinations

The white sand beaches of Cornwall certainly wouldn’t look out of place in the Mediterranean, and the breath-taking countryside to boot means the area has plenty to offer in terms of a quality family staycation. The so-called Cornish Riviera in the southern part of the county has a unique and special mix of the quaintest of seaside villages interspersed with gorgeous little coves and beaches. Further up on the north coast sits a surfer’s paradise, while scattered all along the various coastlines are some excellent Rick Stein restaurants.

North Wales splendour

Caernarfon Castle in North Wales - staycation secret destinations

It’s a big if, but if the weather plays its part, few places on earth can soothe the soul like North Wales. The coastline oozes rugged beauty, but on your way you can take in the treat for the eyes that is Snowdonia, and all the lakes on waterfalls it has to offer. There are a glut of majestic castles steeped in centuries of history, which would make for a memorable day trip. And the Isle of Anglesey offers a holiday in itself – or at least a good opportunity for a boat trip to catch a view of some puffins.

Take in the Scottish Highlands

Lochinver in Scotland - staycation secret destinations

It won’t surprise you to learn about the epic mountain ranges and lochs that the Scottish Highlands possess in abundance. But what may catch you off guard is the sandy beaches, glorious rivers and delightful wildlife. Forget about wifi and 3G – this is the perfect place to pack away modern life, and de-stress in the clutches of nature at its beautiful best.

The Lake District

Derwent in the Lake District - staycation secret destinations

With roughly 900 square miles of lakes, mountains and forests, you’d be hard pressed to come across a more relaxing getaway than a holiday in the Lake District. Windermere is arguably the pick of the bunch, but there is an embarrassment of riches all round for those who love idyllic scenery. On top of that, you could do a climb up Scaffel Pike (the highest mountain in England), go red squirrel spotting at Tarn Hows or pay a visit to Wordsworth’s House.

Will you be having a staycation this year?

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