8 reasons to plan a solo staycation this year

I t’s been a crazy 18 months for everyone, and we could all do with planning a little bit of ‘me time’ into our lives. One of the best courses of self-care is to go on a solo holiday.

Take time out, just for you with a solo staycation in the South West.

By whisking yourself off to a beautiful and inspirational destination, you can significantly benefit your mental and physical health. Here are just a few of the reasons why booking a staycation by yourself in the South West is a must.

Move at your own pace

Don’t you just hate it when others cut your lie-in short or itch to move on from that suntrap beach you spent all morning finding? Sharing experiences with others can be great, but there are times when it’s far more enjoyable to savour every moment the way you want to. You can set out as early in the morning as you choose, opt for a few more hours in bed, and set aside a preferable amount of time for making the most of each stop along the way.

Gain a fresh perspective

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is do nothing at all. By relaxing and taking a step back from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, your mind is given a chance to shed clarity on the things that are leading to stress and keeping you up at night. It’s likely that you’ll find your greatest niggles and concerns are being blown dramatically out of proportion by your imagination. Take a deep breath, untangle your thoughts, and see things in a whole new light.

Get lost in books

Solo trips offer the perfect environment for bookworms. A good book can provide the ultimate form of escapism, especially if you’re soaking up stories while relaxing on a tranquil beach or out in the countryside. Pack a few titles and look forward to reading to your heart’s content without any interruptions or distractions.

Choose your destinations

There’s no need to compromise on that all-important holiday itinerary when there’s nobody else to please. Instead, you can check off all the places you’ve been longing to visit during your stay, as and when you feel like it. You’ll probably appreciate the destinations more too, focusing fully on your surroundings rather than on the people you would otherwise be with.

Meet new people

One of the most appealing aspects of solo travel is that it brings about opportunities for meeting new people. When you’re on holiday with friends or family, there’s little need to communicate and bond with others, as you’ll typically stay within your own social circle. Consider enrolling on a fun course during your stay. You could learn a new hobby or skill such as surfing, painting, or pottery, all while making new friends.

Boost your confidence

If you haven’t travelled alone before, the idea might seem daunting at first. Chances are you will feel a great sense of accomplishment once you’re out there though, boosting your confidence and maybe even giving you the bug to get more solo adventures in the diary.

Spend what you want

You can plan your staycation precisely to your budget every step of the way. This means you will save a few pennies in situations where you’re not fussed about spending more. Conversely, you’ve got free rein to splash out in areas you otherwise wouldn’t be able to, due to respecting the budgets of companions. So, indulge in that sumptuous menu and deluxe bedroom, it’s your holiday after all.

It will benefit your health

The most important reason of all – getting out and about in the fresh air will work wonders for both your mental and physical health. Coastal and country walks are a great form of exercise and admiring the beautiful scenery can work to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Prepare to become inspired as you navigate clifftop trails, visit spectacular landmarks, and discover secluded beaches.

Book a staycation this autumn

Visit one of our inns and hotels across the South West and plan your staycation this season.