According to figures released by the Great Britain Tourism Survey, we are discovering the joys of travelling without needing a passport.
In 2012, Britons took 104 million overnight trips within England which goes to show that it isn’t necessary to travel to far-flung destinations to get a rest and change of scenery. Even the wet weather in 2012 didn’t put a damper on domestic tourism.
It’s hardly surprising; England has a rich variety of choices for overnight stays in terms of both destinations and themes.
The popularity of overnight stays, particularly those which are themed, has been reflected in their presence in the gift market.
Giving a present of a weekend break is ideal for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it indicates a personal choice as with so many themes to choose form it is possible to select an experience which is to the taste of the recipient. It is also convenient as dates for breaks run through the year and country-wide destinations mean travel is kept to a minimum.
Whether you’re looking for gifts for friends or family members or even gifts for couples to enjoy a romantic break together, you’re sure to find what you need.
Variety of choice
Almost every square inch of England is soaked in history making an overnight break with a focus on the fascinating past a popular option for anyone who wants a getaway to another era.
Castles, cathedrals, spa cities and market towns offer a charm and interest factor which can remind anyone just what a culturally-rich place England is.
For foodies, there is a host of weekend breaks which offer the best of English dining as part of an overnight stay in a fine, four-star hotel. Restaurants are headed by top chefs earning many an international reputation.
All-time favourite breaks include Murder Mysteries where, with the guidance of professional actors, guests contribute their sleuthing skills to figure out ‘whodunnit’. For those who want a true rural get away, there is the option of spending a weekend on a farm and pitching in with some of the daily tasks. It isn’t all work though. There is plenty of opportunity to go for a long rustic stroll or a leisurely picnic.
The choices are endless and, depending on the package, breaks can be for one or two nights with some meals covered.
The rise in popularity of short breaks is surely down partly to value for money.
A two-night stay which includes breakfast can start at less than £200. If this is being offered as a present, it is an affordable yet unique gift which doesn’t leave much expense for the recipients.
The choice of activities and themes on offer mean that there is something to suit everyone and the main details are taken care of.
It goes to show that a change truly is as good as a rest, even if it is only a short one!