Luxury Staycations for the Englander – We’ve seen the commitment to reduce carbon footprints around the world – and it’s more important now more than ever. According to studies, airline travel accounts for 2% of the world’s carbon emissions. While it’s not likely we’ll see an end to air travel, it is possible to reduce your personal carbon footprint by opting to lower your time in the air and stay closer to home.
And staycations don’t mean you have to scrimp on luxury – on the contrary. And if you travel as part of a group, you can carpool or rent a luxury coach. You’ll enjoy a luxury staycation and reduce your personal environmental impact.
Across Europe, areas of outstanding natural beauty are plentiful. The largest area with this distinction in England is the Cotswolds. The area spans five counties and more than 800 square miles. These vase rolling hills are known for their beautiful villages of limestone cottages, castles, and elegant country homes.
You can take leisure walks through beautiful gardens, take a bike through a brilliant meadow, or hop on the water. There are so many incredible activities in the Cotswolds, you won’t run out of things to do. The region also has the UK’s largest paddling beach and all the accompanying activities, such as kayaking, fishing, and canoeing. Ever heard of cheese rolling? You’ll get schooled quickly if you visit near the end of May – the famous competition showcases cheese-rollers from around the world rolling their fine cheeses down Coopers Hill, one of the Cotswolds’ steepest slopes. For luxury accommodations in the Cotswolds, opt for Whatley Manor, a lavish hotel with a Michelin-starred chef.
Over the river and through the woods of Scotland is the Cairngorms National Park. It’s the United Kingdom’s largest park. Cairngorms houses awe-inspiring natural beauty and an incredible abundance of animals and plant life. Thousands of visitors flock here every year to bathe in the glory of this Scottish national park.
You don’t have to visit only during the warmer months, as winter is a perfect time to hit the slopes of Cairngorms Mountain. The skiing and snowboarding here are some of the best activities in the region. What’s even better is that you also don’t have to be a seasoned expert – Cairngorms Mountain is perfect for the first-timer, too. For luxury digs near Cairngorms, check out Carrbridge. It’s an old school that was renovated and converted into three villas, each of which sleeps up to four adults.
What’s stopping you from indulging in a staycation?