After a year at home, we’re all itching to get away for a little while as we move into the spring and summer months! For many, travelling abroad is still a particularly risky option - and we all want to stay as safe as we can. With that in mind, it’s clear that 2021 is the year of the staycation!
However, if photographs of bustling Bournemouth beach and crowds of tourists at prominent British landmarks leave you feeling a little uneasy about travelling even within the UK, you may be a little unsure of the best destination to head to - especially if you’re trying your best to keep your distance from others throughout your trip.
Luckily, money.co.uk have recently released their second ‘Safecation Report’, a look at the destinations around the United Kingdom that are most ideal for travellers looking to stay safe during their summer staycation. The report takes plenty of factors into account when considering the destinations, including the amount of vast open space, availability of contactless payment systems, average visitors to the area per year and the availability of campsites and caravan parks.
So, to help you with the planning process of your first post-lockdown trip, here are some of our favourite destination recommendations from the Safecation Report!
The charming parish of Northwich, Cheshire, ranked at number 5 on the Safecation Report’s list of best staycation spots for social distancing. It’s a great spot for those who like to spend their trip shopping and dining. Their high street - plenty wide enough to allow for social distancing to be practised - has no shortage of independent businesses, whether you’re looking for quaint cafes, cosy pubs or traditional souvenir shops.
There’s also the Marbury Country Park, a wildlife haven on the outskirts of the town. Offering beautiful views over Budworth Mere, this is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon!
Home to Paisley Abbey, this town is thought to have been around since as early as the 7th century - and has plenty of history to show for it! The town has seen plenty of historical developments over its long and vibrant history. One of the town’s most famous events was the 1697 Renfrewshire Witch Trial, thought to be the final of its kind in Western Europe - leading some to believe the town is cursed to this day! If you’re into the spookier side of the UK, this is a must-visit.
It’s not all quite so eerie, though! Paisley is a beautiful town with plenty to do for all ages, whether it is shopping, dining, exploring or simply taking a picnic for a tranquil stroll through the local park.
Gower, West Glamorgan
Despite being just a short drive from the city of Swansea, visitors to Gower are sure to find the perfect spot for a weekend of camping, glamping or caravanning in one of the United Kingdom’s prettiest peninsulas - so it’s no surprise that it took the top spot in the Safecation Report!
With an average of fewer than 150,000 visitors to the county of West Glamorgan, there’s no shortage of vast green spaces and natural beauty spots to be enjoyed with your household or social ‘bubble’ when restrictions on domestic travel are lifted on April 12th. If you really want to get away from it all this year, this is the place for you.
Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides
With a population of fewer than 2,000 residents, it may feel as though there’s nothing much to see on the Isle Of Harris. However, that’s not necessarily the case.
The largest island in the Outer Hebrides, the Isle Of Harris is famous for its dramatic landscapes and incredible beaches, making it an ideal choice for those looking to soak up some natural beauty during their trip. It’s also the home of the Isle Of Harris Gin Distillery, which offers tours on select days, too!
Keswick, Lake District
Finally, one of the prettiest parts of the Lake District. Keswick is surrounded by mountains, lakes and vast green forest land - each offering breathtaking panoramic views. The perfect spot for a day out in nature with family, whether you’re the type who prefers a leisurely stroll or vigorous hike.
In the town centre itself, charming cobbled streets are lined with coffee shops, traditional sweet shops, souvenir stores and cosy country pubs - there really is something in Keswick for everyone.