What is all the fuss about and should you bother staying at home this Summer?
With a deadly virus on the loose and so much confusion surrounding ‘air bridges’ and ‘travel corridors’ it’s no wonder then that more and more people are choosing to holiday in their home countries this year turning their annual vacation into a ‘staycation’.
This graph shows just how popular searching the term ‘staycation’ on Google has become in recent months.
There are, of course, those who have been flying the flag and championing the cause for exploring our own surroundings as opposed to spending a week in the sun for years, insisting that there is far more to offer and a lot less to worry about.
To put that to the test here are some of the pros and cons of ‘staycations’ that might sway you either way!
PRO - You Know The Lingo
We have all seen/been the family standing at the crossroads cringing at Mum and Dad while he tries to interpret the street names and road signs and she asks the local shopkeeper for directions trying to work out the way back to the hotel. Nightmare.
While it may be to our shame that many of us don’t have at least a beginner’s grasp of another language, it is what it is and the language barrier can be one less obstacle to get in the way of a peaceful holiday experience.
Being confident that whomever you meet speaks the same language as you means you can be sure that you will get what you ask for in restaurants, bars and shops, and it can feel less intimidating asking others for help with things like directions, advice or recommendations.
CON - The Weather
There is no doubt about it, in the UK and especially Scotland, the weather is always the elephant in the room. Every Scottish staycation, with no exceptions, comes with a giant roll of the dice in terms of seeing some sunshine.
Unlike going to say Spain or Italy or the south of France where you would be very unlucky to get more than 3 days bad weather out of 14 during the height of summer, the same cannot be said for Scotland and the UK as a whole.
However, just because you aren’t guaranteed a sighting of the great fireball in the sky doesn’t mean that he won’t make an appearance and doesn’t mean that there isn’t fun to had while he is hiding.
From distillery tours in the Highlands to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to white water rafting in Aberfeldy (if you are going to get wet you might as well do it properly) we Scots have come up with plenty of ways to take your mind off the drizzle.
PRO - No Funny Money
How many times have you heard/said this?
‘What’s that in real money?’
Holidaying at home means less hassle trying to find that perfect exchange rate (which in reality only gets you a few extra cornettos anyway). It also means that you won’t get hit with any of those nasty charges from the bank manager for wildly inconvenient things like using your credit/debit cards at shops and restaurants.
Most importantly though it means that you know exactly the cost of what you are buying. Being familiar with pounds and pennies enables you manage your money wisely, control your spending and spot the bogus from a bargain.
Another way to make your money go even further is to take advantage of the Governments eat out to help out scheme -
The scheme, available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until August 31st, gives you 50% off the cost of your meal in participating restaurants and bars.
CON – Too Much Like Home
Depending on how far you travel for your staycation it can feel like you are hardly on holiday at all. If you are constantly bungeeing back and forth between day trips and home again, sleeping in your own bed and opening your own mail, then you may be limited in the overall ‘getaway experience’ you can have.
Let’s face it a large part of being on holiday is the feeling of being somewhere else. Somewhere new, somewhere different and exotic. Somewhere that isn’t yours and that you don’t know.
There is good news though, this feeling is more than achievable while staying in Scotland. From the serene and peaceful mountains of the Cairngorms to the bustling and vibrant energy of the big cities like Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. If you are willing to venture a little further afield than your hometown to rest your head, then the fresh and exotic is definitely within reach.
Which leads us to –
PRO – Train-ings Days and Coach-ing Sessions
Doing the bulk of your travel by train or coach can often be a more convenient and less stressful option than going by plane. Services tend to be more frequent, more affordable and while delays certainly do occur, they are often much shorter and easier to negotiate than at the airport.
What’s more is that on coach and train journeys there is no need to compromise on the number of shoes you pack or books you want to bring with you as the only weight restriction is how much you want to carry. And with our meet and greet service we can even do some of the heavy lifting for you.
Our spacious fleet has plenty of room whether you have packed all the camping equipment, sporting essentials or have just gotten a bit carried away with your holiday gift shopping. Believe me, we have seen it all from golf bags to hat boxes to pushchairs and everything else in between.
We are pleased to offer transfers from Scotland’s most popular train and coach stations (including Glasgow Central, Queen Street and Buchanan Street as well as Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket and Edinburgh Bus Station) directly to and from your destination.
Whether you choose to venture abroad or stay in the UK this summer, Glasgow Airport Cabs, the premier choice for transfers around Scotland, has you covered.
Staycation and Stay Safe!
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