The miserable economic climate has forced just about everyone to tighten their purse strings. However, one thing that few of us are willing to give up is our annual holiday. The squeeze on our incomes has meant that people have to change the way they get their break though, with two out of three families opting for a UK staycation, rather than travel abroad, according to Travelodge.
It's thought that 65% of Brits will stop on home turf this year, rising from 35% in 2011. It's not just weekend breaks either, 42% will holiday for one week and 15% for a fortnight. The staycation phenomenon could have a positive knock-on effect, as an extra £3.3 billion will be pumped into the failing economy.
However, a separate study by Thomas Cook found that staying in the UK might not actually end up being cheaper than a trip abroad. It based it's findings on a basket of holiday purchases, such as dining out in a restaurant, but didn't include travel and accommodation – where the biggest savings are made.
London may well be the most obvious choice for a city break in the UK, but there are plenty of other cities around the country worth visiting too. If you're looking to get away this summer, but can't afford the usual overseas holiday, don't turn your nose up at the thought of a British staycation – it's got plenty to offer!
Football Fans! Stay in Liverpool for Less with Discount Codes from OnHotels
Why go?: We all know that a certain 'Fab Four' are from this busy Merseyside city, but there's a lot more to Liverpool than just the Beatles. It was named European Capital of Culture in 2008 and since then has become a top destination.
Don't miss: Anfield or Goodisan Park, depening on whether you're a red or a blue supporter. Football is a huge part of the local culture, so it's definitely worth going to a match or taking a tour around the stadium.
Where to stay: There are plenty of places to stay in Liverpool, with the majority of the big hotels down by the docks. Use our Onhotels.com voucher codes to see if you can get a cut-price suite at Radisson Blu, Britannia Adephi, Hope Street Hotel or Devonshire House Hotel.
Arts and Science Lovers - Get a Luxury Stay in Glasgow for Less with Voucher Codes from Mamaison
Why go?: It's not the capital of Scotland, but it is it's biggest city. It's often lurked in the shadow of Edinburgh, but with lots of redevelopment because of the Commonwealth Games next year, it's one of the UK's hottest destinations.
Don't miss: The Glasgow Science Centre if you're holidaying with the kids. For more age appropriate attractions, visit the Kelvingrove Art Museum and Charles Rennie Macintosh's House for an Art Lover.
Where to stay
: There's no better place to stay in Glasgow than right in the heart of the city centre. Luckily, the stylish Mamaison is situated on West George Street. Enjoy a luxurious suite with Mamaison discount vouchers
City Break with a Beach? Visit Brighton and Save on Your Stay with Promo Codes from HotelShop
Why go?: This crazy city is the jewel in a gay UK's crown. It's eccentric, vibrant and loveable. What's more, you get the best of both worlds – beach and city life. Spend some time ambling around hippy flea markets and relaxing on the golden sands, before enjoying a more sophisticated wine bar.
Don't miss: The Royal Pavilion is the most iconic of all the Regency architecture in the city. It's a bizarre experience filled with excessive décor, including hand-painted Chinese wallpaper! The best part of Brighton though, is the beach – oh and don't forget a walk down the pier.
Where to stay: You'll find everything from boutique hotels to grimy B&Bs in Brighton, for a luxurious city break experience on a budget, try out The Kings Hotel with Hotelshop voucher codes.
Shopping Sprees and Cocktails in Leeds - Save on Your Stay with QHotels Discounts
: If you're looking to spend your days in and out of shops, splashing the cash, Leeds is perfect! Swap those shopping bags for cocktail glasses in the evening as you experience it's fabulous vibrant nightlife in one of the many swanky bars.
Don't miss: A shopping trip to Harvey Nics – yes, the exclusive department store arrived in the city in 2010, sending Leeds' reputation soaring. For something a bit more cultural, pop to The Henry Moore Institute.
Where to stay
: The Queens in Leeds City Square is one of the city's most famous landmarks, and with Qhotels voucher codes
you could get a room for just £84 – bargain.
Soak Up the Heritage of Cardiff and Save on Your Stay with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Voucher Codes
Why go?: It's not just the capital of England and the UK that's worth a visit, ever since its revitalisation, Cardiff is also a 'must-visit'. Check out the heritage wandering around the museums and historical buildings and revel in this glorious city!
Don't miss: The Millennium Stadium – it's at the heart of the city. Even if you can't catch something worth going to see, just go on a tour instead. The revamped Cardiff Bay waterfront development is also a great place to grab a bite to eat.
Where to stay
: Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a few nights in the Copthorne Hotel. The picturesque lakeside location, makes for a relaxing break. Save on the cost of your hotel with Millennium & Copthorne hotel vouchers