This summer the UK is the staycation nation

New research reveals more than half of the nation believe a ‘staycation’ is equally enjoyable as jetting off abroad – although the study also suggests a break in the UK does not come without its problems.

Packing the car for all four seasons, fielding the classic “are we there yet?” question, and agreeing on who controls the music are just some of the challenges Brits face when opting for a UK break.

But touring the UK has its benefits. One third of us cite the intrigue of discovering what our home country has to offer as a major reason not to go abroad. And a quarter say coming home is less stressful when the family hasn’t been overseas.

Ford S-MAX surveyed British holidaymakers to find out where they would be packing up their car and heading to this year for their summer break. Almost two thirds look for family-friendly destinations as their first priority, and more than 60 per cent of these favour a seaside resort.

Cornwall topped the list as the most in-demand coastal destination (45 per cent), closely followed by Devon (43 per cent) and Blackpool (35 per cent). London is top choice for a city break.

Loading up the car boot was identified as the biggest cause of stress for families taking a driving holiday. But it doesn’t have to be that way, according to packing expert Elika Gibbs from Practical Princess. Working with Ford S-MAX, she compiled the perfect guide for efficient car boot packing. From deflating toys to doing a trial run on packing, Elika’s tips help get the road trip off to a good start, with all the family’s luggage safely stowed in the car.