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Planning a staycation is one thing giving many individuals fresh hope in the face of year-long uncertainty during the pandemic.

There’s plenty to get excited about when organising and booking a holiday here in the UK.

But with so many fantastic destinations to explore, you may just find yourself spoilt for choice when determining which destination is fabulous enough for your big holiday comeback.

Answering one question could help you narrow down your shortlisted staycation destinations dramatically, however – should you enjoy a city break or a rural retreat?

In this blog post, we help you decide which is best for you, and reveal why you might not have to choose.

The many benefits of the city break

Many may think of a city break as a holiday type reserved for solo travellers, couples and other groups without children, but a British city break is often family affair.

Cities provide tons of inspiration for all the family, with the sheer range of attractions and activities able to amuse even children with the shortest attention spans!

For families with children of differing ages and interests, cities provide the variety needed to keep everyone thoroughly entertained.

Whoever you’re travelling with, cities offer the chance to savour the very best local food and drink.

Most city destinations provide a high concentration of eateries so you’ll never have to dine at the same place twice.

On the flip side, city breaks can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Cambridge, for instance, has plenty of free things to do so you don’t have to part with a penny to enjoy the city.

The plus-points of going rural

What’s better than getting lost in nature on a sunny day? With a well-timed getaway to the countryside, you can do just that on each day of your stay if you wish.

The beautiful views, open spaces, and hidden gems found in most rural spots make for an enjoyable holiday, whether you’re 9 or 99.

If you live in a city or town, holidaying in a quieter location that’s certainly not your everyday can give you the chance to experience something new as well as take in the finest, freshest air.

The health benefits that go hand-in-hand with exploring your holiday destination’s wilder side are well worth noting.

You’re more likely to boost your fitness levels on a rural holiday whilst the slower pace of country life is sure to help bring down those stress levels.

Cambridge – the best of both worlds?

Why choose between the city and the country, when you can enjoy the best of both in Cambridge?

This charming, historic city is just a stone’s throw away from the countryside, meaning you can be enjoying a sophisticated cocktail at a trendy bar one minute and hiking the Fens the next.

Its close-knit community has a country vibe that you certainly don’t get in the big cities. Reach Cambridge explains more about why its small and welcoming atmosphere makes all the difference. This is especially the case  if this is your first staycation in Cambridge:

“Cambridge is an ideal place to wander around and explore. It is easy to navigate (just watch out for the bikes as they zoom past!) and is bustling with an excitable yet comfortable atmosphere.

Especially if this is your first time away from home, in Cambridge you will find a city that you can swiftly feel has become your own.”

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