Staycation (noun) ‘a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips.’ – Google
It’s been a very odd, unpredictable year! The pandemic, that put us into a global lockdown, has left the world a different place to what we are so accustomed. Loved ones have been lost, jobs have been cut, people have lost their homes and the economy is inevitably going to feel the effects of the virus for years to come.
A huge amount of industries have been and will continue to be greatly affected by the pandemic. However, I think it is fair to say that the travel industry has unquestionably been one of the hardest hit.
In the U.K we were told that all travel was to be vetoed. Meaning a lot of people had their holidays cancelled and any future travel plans were basically banned until further notice. So, when the U.K Government partially lifted the lockdown and allowed the hospitality industry to restart it was an obvious choice for some to book a staycation.
Ryan and I had every intention at the beginning of the year to book a couple of summer holidays abroad. Even after finding out, we had a little human on the way we thought we would get a holiday abroad. However, that intention was quickly dashed once the seriousness of the pandemic was realised.
I’ve always enjoyed exploring part of our home country. There are parts of the U.K that are truly beautiful and are underrated. Although I’ve had a few lovely staycations in previous years I have never had a seaside holiday in the U.K. There was no better time to change that, especially as the weather in the U.K had turned tropical.
After reading a number of blogs and hotel reviews we finally decided on a beautiful hotel in Worthing. The Highdown is a former manor house which offers luxury rooms, a tearoom and a traditional pub and restaurant.
We ate our evening meal in the garden after a few hours playing at the beach. The food was delicious and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. Both the hotel and the pub/restaurant were extremely dog friendly and very happy to provide bowls, dog beds and treats. Our room was very well decorated and the bathroom screamed aesthetic goals (I’m very sorry/frustrated I didn’t take any photos!!)!!
We also had our breakfast outside in the garden and it was lovely. I had to order two breakfasts – I am growing a human let’s not forget. I had Eggs Royale and a plate of buttermilk pancakes with syrup, washed down with a refreshing fruit tea. Ryan had a full English and a pot of breakfast tea. Perfect staycation breakfast if you ask me!
We spent both days at Ferring Beach which is a mix of sand and pebbles. The main reason we opted for this beach is due to reading how dog friendly it was. It can be difficult to find beaches that are dog friendly all year round. You can usually find one that will allow dogs between October and February. However, they have restrictions for the rest of the year. Ferring Beach is dog friendly all year round. There were quite a few people there without dogs though as well.
There is also a dog-friendly cafe called The Bluebird. We made the most of as we had fish and chips, numerous ice-creams and I indulged on an iced latte. As there were still restrictions in place you could only eat outside. The cafe itself was closed for indoor dining. I have to say the fish and chips were pretty good – definitely worth a visit!
Overall we had an absolutely wonderful staycation weekend in Worthing. I would definitely recoomend. Especially if you’re looking for somewhere in the U.K to take the whole family, including the dogs!