A journey is best measured in magic, not miles: Why you should book a rural staycation
Where's my passport? Does my lipstick count as a liquid? Will my suitcase fit in the overhead lockers? How. Do. Planes. Fly? What if I end up stranded on a desert island with nothing but plane wreck collateral and a bag of half-eaten jelly babies?
As much as I love travelling abroad; I find the A to B incredibly stressful. I'm a perfectionist, a worrier, a cynic, a hand-sanitise-the-sh*t-outta-everything-er and an anxious flyer. My ideal of utter relaxation - an escape from the daily on a meagre #YoPro budget - does not involve traipsing round a busy European city or being herded into an uncomfortably packed budget plane. For almost a year, my boyfriend and I have been favouring rural staycations and spabreaks over European city escapes.
For our one year anniversary, we found Moonrise Lodges on Airbnb. It was a magical experience. The lodge was located in the heart of rural Shropshire, accompanied by breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, a private, luxurious hot tub and brownies on arrival! We paid £100 a night for our romantic getaway and it was worth every penny.
Here's why you should consider a rural staycation for your next weekender!
For ultimate relaxation
We sipped Prosecco under a starry sky, with no sound but the rustle of trees and whir of water jets, in our own hot tub. Life doesn't get better than that. If you are seeking ultimate relaxation (especially for a romantic getaway), eliminate travel stress by staying in the country. Don't create any schedules or plan manically. During our four-day stay in Shropshire we spent one day visiting a local castle and the rest lounging around/hot-tubbing/water colour painting and eating a lot of chocolate. In case you are the type of person that gets bored easily (especially when it rains!), come up with a few in-house activities. My boyfriend and I organised small presents to give each other every day that contained surprise activities to do during the stay.
For your purse
Tree houses and log cabins can be extremely expensive to rent for holiday use - even in the UK. We originally explored Centre Parcs and some leading tree house holiday companies for this trip, to find that a three-night stay would cost us over £1000. Clearly, tree houses & cabin lodges are all the rage these days! Fortunately, Airbnb saved the day! We filtered our search to rural lodges with a private hot tub and hit the jackpot! Moonrise Lodges provided us everything we could have imagined and more - for less than half the price of other competitors. Furthermore, you won't have to deal with terrible conversion rates or hidden costs that come with holidaying abroad.
To support local business
There was something so magical about how far away we felt, despite the small distance we had travelled. Not only will a staycation help support local businesses and the British tourist economy, but remind you of how beautiful our country is; even in its darkest hours. I strongly believe that a journey is best measured in magic, not miles.