Christians Against Poverty - Monthly Advice Column - August '22
By Christians Against Poverty on 25/07/2022
Manager of the Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre,
Enjoy a local staycation
Before Covid, around 8,000 Brits would search ‘staycation’ online each month. By summer 2020, this had jumped to almost 50,000. Although restrictions have almost disappeared since then, the uncertainty of the transport industry – as well as the soaring cost of fuel and cost of living crisis – means that many of us may choose to stay closer to home this summer, and take a staycation in or around our local towns. If this is how you plan to spend your summer holiday, here are a few tips on how to have a fun staycation on a budget.
Food and drink
One definite highlight of a holiday abroad is enjoying the local cuisine. Why not bring that home? Search for some recipes to help you create the national dishes and drinks of your favourite holiday destinations, and start your staycation with a feast!
Be a tourist in your own town
Adopt the same explorer’s attitude as you have abroad and learn about your hometown’s significant sites and history. Search online for famous local landmarks or find free tours and talks being run by your local church, parks and heritage sites.
The great outdoors
There are hundreds of species living around us that most of us never get to see in our day-to-day lives. Pay your local nature reserve a visit and reconnect with nature. Many reserves host events, walks and talks about the local wildlife – from birds to whales.
If you can’t get out and about, create a virtual outdoor experience from the comfort of your own sofa by watching what’s happening in national parks through webcams, like www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams and www.airpano.com.
The sky at night
There are plenty of apps that will help you spend an evening stargazing. Grab a blanket, make yourself a hot chocolate and experience the beauty of the natural world by lying back and looking up into the canopy of space. How many stars and constellations can you spot?
We hope these tips help you to enjoy your staycation, without breaking the bank. If you or someone you know is struggling with finances, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is on hand to offer free debt help to everyone. Call 0800 328 0006 or go to capuk.org to find out more.