Now here’s a surprise: going on holiday is good for you. Not only do getaways make you feel better, they help you to manage stress, improve sleep patterns, reduce blood pressure, strengthen relationships, live longer, something I imagine we would all like to enjoy.
Although many holidays may have been cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus, this is no excuse for not planning your next post lock-down mini break or family holiday. There is no doubt that this current situation is bringing stresses of one kind or another to almost everyone, but this makes it even more important to look to future and start making plans now.
Now this lockdown is undoubtedly making it hard for people to stay in a positive mood, but did you know that a recent survey has concluded that over 20% of people in the country today are cheering themselves up by planning their next holiday? It’s not just the holiday itself that makes us all feel better, it’s also the excitement around the planning of it. Where will we go? Where will we stay? Shall we take the kids or send them off to your mums? All questions I’m sure we have asked ourselves at one time or another.
Dr Becky Spelman recently said,
“Nobody knows for sure when the current situation will change, but it is still important to keep looking to the future and to make plans for when things are better. When it comes to days out, holidays and adventure, actually planning the break is half the fun. Imagining where you want to go, what you would like to do when you get there, and even envisioning your pre-holiday shopping trip for the beach or adventure-wear can help to lift your mood.
In fact, research shows that thinking about happier times in the future can help your body to secrete endorphins, which in turn can lead to a more positive mood and mindset. The benefits of planning for happier times in the future is scientifically proven “.
Now with finances also being a little tight at this time, the idea of a super flyaway to the Bahamas holiday may be out of the question, but did you know that you can have a first class ‘Staycation’ with all the comfort and excitement for a fraction of the cost?
I think we can all agree that when we travel abroad the pound doesn’t get us as many Euros or Dollars as it did a few years back, but here in the UK, the pound is still worth a pound. The UK continues to attract so many overseas visitors as they see holidays in our country it as great value.
There are few countries in the world that can boast a bit of something for everyone, but here in Scotland we are spoiled with the most beautiful beaches, wild islands, unspoiled woodlands, ancient forests and magical mountains you could ever hope to enjoy and best of all, we love sharing it with folks.
We thought it may be an idea to look at a few of the reasons why we should all be planning our ‘post COVID’ break away right now.
Rich history and strong heritage
Be it ancient kingdoms, Iron age settlements, or sacred places of Celtic standing stones, we have it all and if you add to that the history left on our shores by the Vikings and the Romans you will see why Scotland has one of the richest cultures in the world.
It’s so much cheaper
I think we can all agree that when we travel abroad the pound doesn’t get us as many Euros or Dollars as it did a few years back . But here in the UK, the pound is still worth a pound. The UK continues to attract so many overseas visitors as they see holidays in our country it as great value
No limit on what you can pack
When I’m travelling overseas I always find the trickiest thing is sorting out just what it is I can’t take with me. The laptop would be great but that’s over the limit, I’d like to take a few of my golf clubs and I’ve no idea how I’ll get the inflatable canoe in my case.
Holidaying at home removes so many of these tricky questions. Just pack as much as you can get in the car but please, leave a little room for the kids.
All the comforts of home
Driving on the left, no currency exchanges, the NHS, fish and chips, cold beer, great food, open landscapes, sunshine and rainbows, the right to roam, friendly people. . . need I say more?
Less travel stress
Although overseas travel is supposed to be a delight, so often it can be a nightmare with long airport waiting times, flight delays and cancellations, cramped planes and don’t get me started on airport long term parking charges. It’s easy to understand why ‘Staycations’ are becoming so popular, especially with family breaks. Just pop everything into the car and your holiday has started the moment you leave your door. Longer journeys can be broken up with an overnight stay on one of hundreds of hotels, inns and guests houses that lie close to all our major roadways.
No new language to learn
Learning languages can be fun as with picking up any new skill, but trying to order dinner for the family with six different meals, three allergies and kids that will only eat spaghetti hoops with only Google translate and a guide book, does tend to remove some of the fun from it. In the UK I can let the family order for themselves. . . ahhh bliss.
No need to plan ahead
Mini-breaks can be a great way to refresh both the mind and body and an excellent way to surprise the family or a loved one. A quick check-up online to book the cottage, order your supplies to be delivered and that’s it. The rest can be arranged when you get there.