There is a rising popularity in staycations. Rather than going abroad, many are opting to holiday in locations across the UK. The cost is just one of the reasons for this growing change. Other pros to staycations also lend themselves to the ideal family holiday, and this is why we think it’s the perfect gift to give your mum.
Spend Time with Your Family
Until you’re a parent, you probably will never understand the woes of a once full nest, now empty. More than ever, the younger generations are more driven. If you’re not bouncing a baby on your hip, you’re probably working tirelessly to also sustain a successful career, with nearly 75% of women with children at least in part-time employment. Unlike her relationship with her own Mum who she may have seen more regularly for help after the birth of her children, your mum barely sees you between the busyness of life. The idea of a staycation then, surrounded by her children is probably one of the best gifts you can give.
Nest full, you can plan a short to week-long break with the focus completely on not only your mum but the whole family. Plan out activities to do together depending on your location and the time of year and re-live snapshots of your childhood. From board games in the evening in front of the fire on a wintry break, to sandcastles, paddling and coastal walks in the summer holidays. No matter what you decide to do, staycations offer you the ease to maximise quality time together.
How Staycations Offer Flexibility
For any parent, there is nothing worse than the thought of a long flight with screaming kids. Even if you take out the children factor, going abroad is pretty stressful. To the extent that it has been reported in 2017 that 4/5 people in the UK would rather have their annual holiday within the country than suffer the stresses of travelling abroad. Whether you’re planning a holiday with just the parents, or siblings and potential grandkids too, there doesn’t seem much worse than the idea of getting on a plane. Even when it’s just you and your partner, the packing process, endless airport queues and never ending extra expense are less than ideal.
With a staycation you can immediately cross off having to set foot in the airport. Select your UK destination, get in the car and go. You can take everything with no allowance hanging over you, including the kitchen sink if you really want. When it comes to accommodation, you can find plenty of places that will even allow you to bring your dog, the perfect companion for if you’re planning a countryside getaway. It is this ease that will appeal to Mum, right after the initial surprise of having everyone nailed down in one place.
Food on a Staycation: Easier and Cheaper?
If there’s one thing that brings a family together, it’s good, warming food. We appreciate it’s of the upmost importance, especially to dad’s who like to know exactly where their next meal is coming from. Just like when going abroad, food whilst away in the UK can depend on the kind of accommodation you choose. As you’re planning to take away the whole family to celebrate your mum, renting a cottage or other cosy property seems like the best call.
Sure, Mum could be put off by the idea of having to slave over the oven every evening. Surrounded by doting children and maybe even grandchildren, though, we know this not to be the case. Do a sweep of the supermarket, or even look to see if you can have it delivered from the likes of Sainsbury’s, Asda or Waitrose. My Favourite Voucher Codes offers money off your first, and even second and third, online shop, so it’s worth leisurely adding to your virtual shopping basket from the comfort of your holiday home. Although she may not always enjoy cooking, we think your mum will enjoy the atmosphere of all her nearest and dearest bustling around the kitchen and working together to achieve something.
Less Stress Factors
With you and your siblings running around after her, your mum can truly get some well-needed R and R. She won’t even have to think with you organising everything down to the last detail. Even when it comes to checking in and out, the rules are far more relaxed in rental homes, not having to stick to a strict time frame in which to get picked up and whisked to the airport.
Let’s face it, as you grow up you start to gradually spend less and less time with your parents and siblings. Life gets busy, you start to have your own families and priorities change. When it comes to gift giving, we’re sure your mum appreciates the cards, flowers and chocolates. Maybe even something sparkly if she’s lucky. But, more than anything, the best present you can give your mum is your time. And that’s why staycations are the perfect gift for your mum.