Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Getting The Most Out Of A Staycation



I've spoken before about how I love a good staycation (who doesn't really?) and since I haven't had a passport for a little while, I've tried to explore more of the UK in the past year. Last week Ashton and I took ourselves away for the night to the dreamiest hotel in the cute village of Haworth in West Yorkshire and it was the perfect relaxing little break. While I was editing the pictures for this post I got thinking about the reasons why it was so perfect and thought I'd collate them all here so hopefully you can find yourself an equally idyllic staycation (and I can refer back to them for my next one, which will hopefully be very soon...recommendations?)

S T A Y  C L O S E  T O  H O M E  |  The worst thing about any holiday is the travelling (unless for some odd reason you actually prefer being in a car to being in a hotel - whatever floats your boat) and although it's nice to travel somewhere far away and unknown, it's a lot less stressful to stay somewhere a little closer to home. Haworth was only a 90 minute drive from Hull so it was far away enough to feel like somewhere fresh and new, but close enough that we didn't feel tired or bored from travelling. Less travelling also means more time to spend in the actual place, which is ideal when you've only got one or two nights there.

G E T  A  G R O U P O N  |  I wrote a little ode to Groupon back in September and I still love a good Groupon; you can get some amazing deals on there so if you think you can't afford to go away anywhere nice definitely take a look because you just might be able to. We bought a Groupon for Haworth and it means that you get to stay somewhere nice and fancy (and well equipped for some blogger-esque photos) while not breaking the bank. We stayed at the Ashmount Country House, which was absolutely gorgeous and it felt like a real treat. We had a feature bath room with stunning views across the Yorkshire countryside, we had a comfy bed for eating pizza on and we had the tastiest breakfast in the morning.

D O N ' T  P L A N  T O O  M U C H  |  I'm the type of person who usually has a jam packed itinerary for every holiday; generally I want to see and do as much as possible to make the best use of  the time I have. The perks of going somewhere close though is that there isn't any pressure. So we didn't make it to the Bronte Museum? We can always go back another time. We actually didn't plan anything for our time in Haworth apart from exploring, eating and taking pictures and it meant that the whole break was super relaxing. There were no time constraints, meaning we could spend as much or as little time doing, well, whatever we fancied.  There's something oddly calming about wandering around a place because you want to rather than because you planned to.






S P E N D  S O M E  T I M E  I N  Y O U R  H O T E L  |  If you've booked a nice hotel, make use of it! Again, this isn't something I ever really do when I'm on a proper holiday because I want to be out and about making the most of being there, but staycations are made to be relaxing so some time chilling out in the hotel room with the telly and pizza (how many times do you think I can mention that we got pizza?) is much appreciated. 

J U S T  W A N D E R  |   As we didn't have anything planned, this is exactly what we did for the duration of our stay. On our first day we wandered the cobbles of the main street then pottered down to the train station (and Spar to get cash out for fish and chips, obvs) then, after trekking all the way back up the hill, spent some time appreciating how flat Hull is. On our second day we went round the park and then up past the Bronte Museum into the countryside. Luckily, the weather was beautiful for our time there so we were able to just walk and soak up the sunshine. I love wandering around unfamiliar locations with no purpose; I find I stumble across sights and places I otherwise might not.

T A K E  P I C T U R E S  |  Sometime it is nice to put the camera down and just enjoy the moment, soak up the view and savour some time of calm. But sometimes I also find picking up my camera and taking pictures therapeutic. It's on holidays and staycations that I enjoy taking photos the most; I think because I just point and shoot at random views and objects rather than painstakingly trying to plan the perfect photo and then getting frustrated at 'not getting the right shot'. At the time of going I hadn't decided whether I was going to write a post about Haworth or not so I took these photos with absolutely zero pressure on myself and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lesson learnt = take photos even when they're not for Instagram, you'll enjoy it more.




What are your top tips for a staycation? Have you ever been to Haworth?

Amy x
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    1. Oh Haworth looks like a lovely weekend away - so cosy and relaxed. Not feeling pressured to see everything in one go is definitely a perk of a staycation. I love European city breaks but always come home exhausted! This seems like the best of both - and gorgeous pictures :)

      Elisha x
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    2. I always get so exhausted on city breaks so this felt like a real relaxing treat while still getting to explore - perfect! xx

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  2. i believe those unplanned trips are the best one
    great to know about this

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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    1. I'm definitely a convert to just going with the flow and exploring now! xx

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  3. I think these are my favourite pictures you’ve taken so far Amy! I’m definitely putting a trip to go here on my list for this Summer now xx

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    1. Aw thank you Natalie! I was really pleased with them so that's the best compliment. And you should definitely visit, I'm guessing it's not too far from you! xx

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  4. Beautiful pictures and great tips, I need to check out Groupon!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. I'm always on Groupon scouring for deals haha! xx

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  5. Great tips, it looks like a lovely place to stay!

    Gemma x
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    1. It was so lovely, would definitely recommend if you're ever up this way! xx

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  6. Bronte country is just so damn beautiful and i feel lucky i can call it home!! ❤❤❤
    Haworth is definitely on my list of places to visit so thanks for this post Amy!!
    Your photos are gorgeous i am heading on a few staycations this year so will put your tips into practise & see what I get out of it!!
    Cheers Amy! Xoxo

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    1. You definitely are lucky to call it home! Hope you get to visit Haworth soon! xx

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  7. Amyyyy these photos are amazing! Haworth looks so beautiful. I don't do enough staycationing but it's something I want to do more because I love the shorter travel time and that it feels so much more acceptable to make an event of spending time in the hotel. Sooo...get a groupon with me please I want to eat pizza in bed xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Aw thank you! And I am so down for getting a Groupon anytime! xx

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  8. It looks like you had so much fun there and it is so pretty. I wish I went there when I lived so close! Maybe if I visit Hull again I'll make a little detour :) xx

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    1. Yeah definitely make a detour! Let me know if you visit Hull too :) xx

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  9. These are great tips. I feel like not planning anything is the way to go, and to just go with the flow of whatever you want to do.
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    1. It made for such a relaxing trip just going with the flow :) xx

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  10. I LOVE a staycation, I actually think I prefer it to going abroad. My favourites involve not leaving the county and using the cash savings to book into somewhere really swanky. Nothing beats pretending you're rich for a couple of nights!

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    1. It's definitely more relaxing than going abroad! Yessss that's why I love Groupons - I can go somewhere swanky for half the price! xx

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  11. This looks like such a cute place! I don't currently have a passport either, I'd love to explore some more places in the UK x

    What Josie Did Next

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    1. There are some real gems in the UK, not having a passport has been a good excuse to explore! xx

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  12. Beautiful place and photos! I love this mood :))

    MERI WILD BLOG

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    1. It was such a beautiful place, thank you so much! xx

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  13. Oh, I love this travel post Amy! Staycations are the absolute BEST and I totally agree with you about not planning to do too much. It allows you instead to be able to just relaaaaax :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Thanks lovely! You are forever staycation goals haha! xx

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  14. What a lovely pictures! I really want to visit more of my country (the Netherlands) this summer, because I'm going to study in the UK after the summer. I always wish to go to faraway places, but places closer to home can be just as beautiful!

    Sanne - http://venividiblog.co.uk/

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    1. They can be so beautiful - I've only been to Amsterdam but I can imagine there being some real gems in the Netherlands countryside! xx

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  15. I could definitely make more of an effort to book staycations! I always get stuck on the idea I should be doing big beach holidays but its really nice to explore more local areas! - x

    Lavinya Royes - Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It's so nice and can be so much more relaxing I think! xx

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  16. As you know, your staycation with Ashton inspired me to book one of my very own! I managed to find a cracking deal on Wowcher for a hotel in the Peak District, it's a couple of hours away in the car from me in Leicester but I'm sure it will be worth the drive for the beautiful scenery! I definitely need to take your advice not to plan too much, I am an enthusiastic to-do lister and plan-aholic! I definitely need to take time to switch off and just go with the flow sometimes! Your photos from Haworth are absolutely stunning, I loved seeing them on Instagram and they make for a beautiful blog post as well!

    Abbey xx
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    1. I'm so happy we inspired you! It's beautiful in the Peak District so you'll have the best time, can't wait to see your photos! xx

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