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4th June, 2020

Solo staycations - where to go and what to see in the UK

If you’re considering solo travel, but want to stay closer to home, then there are some incredible ‘staycation’ destinations right here in the UK. You don’t have to visit far flung lands in order to experience true solo travel. In fact, this could be the best way to ease yourself in, by visiting a place where you already speak the language and know the culture. Or, if you’re a well seasoned solo traveller, then these destinations could be perfect for a quick getaway, when you just fancy a little escape.

There are so many interesting places to explore across the UK - with beautiful beaches, stunning countryside and cities rich with history - that we are really spoilt for choice. However, here are just a few of our favourite staycation options.

City breaks

The Roman Baths‚ in Bath

City breaks are a really great option for solo travel because there is so much to keep you busy! If you’re keen to explore a new city, then the beautiful town of Bath could be a really great option. There is plenty to see and do in this Georgian spa town - from the historical Roman Baths themselves to modern spa facilities to unwind in. It is also a particular favourite for fans of Jane Austen, with walking tours and plenty of memorabilia to explore. Similarly, Cambridge could be a good choice for your next destination; rich with history and stunning university colleges to discover. It’s also a great destination for shopping, and there are loads of restaurants to try out - the best of both worlds!

If you’re after something a bit more fast-paced, then why not take a trip to the capital? London is a great solo staycation destination because it is jam packed full of things to do and see. You could treat yourself to dinner and a show, or swot up in one of the many free museums or art galleries. You won’t find yourself getting bored here!

Coastal getaways

St Ives Harbour in Cornwall

If the sea is calling your name, but you don’t want to go abroad, then there are some absolutely stunning beaches right here in the UK. Why not book a solo coastal getaway and explore them? You could escape to the Norfolk Broads; with 125 miles of stunning water and scenery to meander through, it is the perfect place to unwind and reflect. Similarly, Cornwall has so many stunning beaches, coupled with a deep sense of history and a really creative side. For a small town feel, head to St Ives or Padstow, or for a slightly busier trip take a look at Newquay or Falmouth.

For the walkers

New Forest's wild horses

Are you a keen ambler? Solo walking holidays have become far more popular over recent years, with more and more people opting to don their boots and hit the trails. There are so many walking destinations across the UK, with miles upon miles of beautiful scenery to roam through. From the paths through the New Forest to the rolling hills of the Peak District, these locations are the perfect place to escape from your day to day routine. Spend your days wandering through stunning scenery, and your nights at the local village pub, or holed up inside with a book. Or for those of you who fancy a challenge, you might even consider the Yorkshire Three Peaks, or taking on the challenge of Snowdown - just remember to train and keep safe, if you are tackling them solo!

Even if you’ve spent your whole life in the UK, there is always something new to be discovered! Why not consider one of the locations above for your next staycation adventure? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help!

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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