Last-Minute Holiday Destinations Close to Home

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We’re so lucky in the UK to have many great holiday destinations around us, and with the concept of a ‘stay-cation’ really taking off, holidaying in and around the beautiful United Kingdom is becoming ever more attractive. Plus, there are some pretty good last-minute deals to enjoy – all right on your doorstep.

Read on for some of our favourite close-to-home holiday destinations and a handy tip about car hire excess insurance.


This beautifully green and lush part of England has all the ingredients for a memorable summer break. Despite the lack of beach options, the Cotswolds has plenty to keep the interest stoked. Chocolate box villages dotted along country lanes are home to wonderful antique shops, charming pubs and award winning food shops. Stow-on-the-Wold, Tewkesbury and Moreton-in-Marsh are just a few of the towns definitely worth a visit.

Active types will be pleased to know that there are plenty of walking trails and cycle paths in this picturesque region – perfect if you enjoy working up an appetite before indulging in a delicious pub lunch.


If someone mentions beaches and Britain in the same sentence you might be forgiven for scoffing, but if riding the waves and soaking up the sun is your idea of a holiday, then why not consider Cornwall? You will feel like you are a million miles from home, guaranteed!

Stunning beaches, quiet, hidden-away coves and family friendly seaside options are all on offer in this remarkable part of the British Isles. Particular favourites are Sennen Beach with its striking white sands and Kynance Cove. The latter is a startlingly beautiful beach home to waters so blue that the shores of the Mediterranean immediately spring to mind.


While this might not technically be the UK, Jersey is definitely worth a mention. The very fact that you are on an island gives you the feeling that you can enjoy a bit of island-life even though you haven’t actually travelled far away from home. Beaches are plentiful and there really is something to suit everyone. Families will enjoy the quiet bays to the south and east with their calm and shallow waters, while the adventure junkies will relish the chance to catch a wave or two on the western side where the Atlantic Ocean creates a surfing paradise.

The Lake District

The Lake District, come rain or shine, is undoubtedly one the most incredible parts of the UK. High peaks, cascading waterfalls and of course beautiful lakes make up this very raw, and often wild, landscape. For those wanting an adrenaline fix, a holiday here could be just the thing. From canoeing and paddle boarding to mountain biking and climbing, this area has something to suit every adventure lover.

Getting Around

Hiring a car is a great option when enjoying a ‘stay-cation’ since it gives you the flexibility to explore in your own time. A word of advice though: make sure you get adequate car hire excess insurance. Most hire companies offer you the option to take out extra insurance but this is never comprehensive enough to cover all eventualities. Take out car hire excess insurance and you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind that you won’t arrive home to unexpected expenses.

Sam Walker is a specialist insurance expert at LowerHire, a company that offers low-cost single trip and annual multi-trip car hire excess insurance policies. Travellers can rest easy knowing they will be fully protected against any hidden hire car costs and look forward to a stress-free rental experience.

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