Many actors including Julie Walters, Stephen Fry, Rupert Grint and Michelle Dockery have fronted a campaign to encourage the British holidaymakers to forget about going abroad this summer, and holiday at home!
Offering incentives to Britons who stay in the UK to holiday in 2012, the “staycation” campaign wants to make the Olympic and diamond Jubilee in style.
Discounts of 20.12 per-cents will be offered to British holidaymakers on thousands of hotels, attractions, hotels and many other goods and services.
People wanting to holiday in the UK will be able to make use of the discount through a dedicated website. Potential tourists have been informed to visit the website before the end of the Paralympics on September 9th in order to book their holidays for this year and 2013.
The Economic Downturn
Although the summer holiday season has everyone reaching for their sun cream and speedos, from days out in North West England to exotic beaches in the Caribbean, the shaky economy has caused families to cut back on the spending, and many have cancelled holidays all together.
Because of the dire state of many of our finances, the popularity of the “staycation” has exploded, giving families the opportunity to still get some much needed R&R in the midst of the great recession.
The “staycation” has become so popular that a recent study of US families has shown that 82 per cent of them with children have decided to have a ‘backyard’ holiday this year.
While the back garden holiday isn’t as pricey as a trip abroad, the “staycation” may end up costing you a little more than you bargained for.
Although many of us take out extra insurance when we take our families on holidays, there’s a tendency to forget the dangers our home and gardens can hold when we’re constantly in them.
There are many more accidents that occur in the home compared to when you’re abroad holidaying, so safety is a major issue when you have children.
However, undeterred as always, 40 per cent of Britons stayed at home last summer to holiday, and more are expected to do the same this year.
The poll of 2000 people taken by savings bank ING Direct revealed that the number of Britons taking a summer break has dropped sharply in the past three years.
This new fad is working wonders for our finances too. The study also revealed that 20 per cent of Britons said they had already put money aside for their staycation, while 36 per cent said they would rather save up and stay at home instead of putting a holiday abroad on their credit card.
Furthermore, people decide to go on holiday and spend money that could be better spent on home improvements.
Many of us come back after two weeks in the sun and regret not repainting the walls with the cash we spent on cocktails and clubbing!
Do it For The Kids!
Holidaying in the home can be as much fun as you make it. Especially if you have children, you can turn your garden into an aqua park with the help of a paddling pool and slides without breaking the bank.
Or the next day, why not hire a clown? Holidaying at home is easy as there are many cheap, interchangeable options to satisfy those cranky kids!
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