Brits love a staycation. Visit Britain states that 59 million staycations were taken last year. Meanwhile, 74% of Britons will have taken a staycation by the end of the year, according to The Express. Booking a holiday at home has never been easier. With little more than a laptop and your debit card, you can book the holiday of your dreams to sunny Cornwall, the picturesque Lake Distract or relaxing Bournemouth. But how can you ensure that your staycation will meet all your expectations?
Hunt for deals deals
No one wants to be ripped off when booking their staycation. Statista reports that the average UK staycation cost £599.80 in 2017. However, it is possible to book a holiday in the UK for less than this. Wowcher offers some great deals on UK breaks, with last minute holidays typically providing the best savings. I highly recommend Hoseasons, having used them for our past three staycations in Dorset. Booking through them has always been easy and hassle free. Plus, prices and additional charges for our dog, a highchair etc are clearly visible so there’s no nasty surprises when you checkout.
Purchase through a reputable holiday provider
Unfortunately, scammers target the travel industry because they know families yearn for a bargain when hunting for a holiday. It’s essential that you’re on your guard when searching for a staycation and don’t let yourself get caught up in the excitement. Which.co.uk offer some great advice on how to spot a holiday scam. Their advice includes watching out for prices which are too good to be true and checking for Atol protection. Therefore, stick to the companies that you know or who your friends and family have had good experiences with.
Take out insurance
Traditionally, holidaymakers take out insurance when they travel abroad. Insurance is typically taken out to cover the cost of any medical treatment or travel delays. However, travel insurance should also be taken out to protect you on your staycation. According to Which, insurance will cover you if you have to cancel your trip due to illness, unexpected travel delays, your belongings are lost, damaged or stolen or if you require a hospital transfer. With close to £600 at risk, it’s worth paying for insurance to ensure a good time is had.
Double check your details
We’ve all made the mistake of inputting a typo on an online form. But, for something as important as your staycation, it’s essential you spend a few minutes double checking your booking. Key things to look out for include the number in your party, ages of your party, the spelling of your name, payment details and whether you’ll be bringing any pets.
Print out your booking confirmation
While almost everyone has a smart phone these days, it’s best not to solely rely on yours to provide you with your booking confirmation. When you’re staying in an unknown location it’s possible that your reception might be poor, leaving you struggling to access your confirmation email. Therefore, print out the email and keep it in a safe and easy to reach place.
Brits adore a staycation and booking online makes the process easy. For maximum gain, be sure to shop around for good deals. And, always remember to use reputable holiday providers, purchase insurance and print out your booking confirmation.