Few things are more exciting than heading on holiday abroad.

However, sometimes the time, effort and money required for overseas adventures aresimply too much.

So why not consider a staycation and get to know the UK a little better? There’s plenty to see and do after all.

With that in mind, here are five top tips to help make your staycation just as fun as a vacation.

  1. Choose a theme

Everyone has their holiday preferences, such as active or relaxed, luxurious or minimalist. So to liven up your staycation a little, why not choose a fun theme?

So if you’re a foodie, consider hitting up a food festival and dining at a fancy restaurant. Or if you’re a history buff, why not go on a castle crawl? Whatever your interests, you’ll likely find a suitable destination.

Helpful hint:You can use TripAdvisor to read reviews for activities that you’re considering.

  1. Buy souvenirs

Buying souvenirs is one the best aspects of going on holiday because it gives you something meaningful to remember the place by.

So when you’re on your staycation, make sure you pick up a few bits and pieces. This could be something simple such as a small ornament for your home or, better yet, something synonymous with your destination.

Helpful hint: It’s worth speaking to locals to find out what items are most associated with your destination.

  1. Do something different

The fact that you’re staying in the UK doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same old activities.

You’ll have a far more interesting and memorable staycation if you try new and unusual activities that push you out of your comfort zone and help widen your perspective.

Helpful hint:  You can find activity guides for UK cities on Culture Trip – a diverse travel content site.

  1. Research your destination

Researching your destination probably sounds too much like work, but it’s actually a great way to form a closer connection to the place you’ll be visiting.

For example, by looking into the history of your hotspot, you might uncover some cool and unusual facts that not only make you more excited for your trip, but unlock unexpectedly amazing activities that are slightly off the beaten track.

Helpful hint: You’ll find researching more fun if you look into the less conventional aspects of your destination.

  1. Fly to your destination

If there’s one thing guaranteed to make your staycation feel more like a vacation, it’s flying there.

You’ll get to enjoy those weird yet welcoming feelings of anticipation and anxiety that strike as you set foot in theairport, then sit back and relax as you fly off to your fun-filled destination.

Helpful hint: You can use SkyParkSecure.com to find airport parking deals for Manchester and other major UK hubs.

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy a first-class holiday experience without leaving the country.

That’s our list! Please share your thoughts in the comments section.