July 2021


With travel announcements coming in thick and fast, more people are being tempted with a last minute holiday abroad this summer. But plenty more are playing it safe and opting for a Great British staycation.

If the weather continues to cheer up, some of the stunning domestic destinations we have within driving distance are certainly not a poor second choice.

Here are our top 9 destinations.

1) The Lake District

In less than 5 hours with an obligatory stop along the way at the world’s greatest service station (Tebay of course!) you can be in the tranquility of the Lakes.

2) Cornwall

A similar distance and drive time to the Lakes, the Cornish microclimate awaits for anybody lucky enough to snag a last minute deal

3) Devon

Plenty to offer in the way of stunning otherworldly landscapes and buildings, the charismatic Devon coastline could be under your toes in a mere 3 and a bit hours.

4) Northumberland

Driving 5 and a half hours up to the North East isn’t always seen as an obvious holiday choice, but with so many historic sights and acres of pristine coastline to explore Northumberland is becoming a popular staycation destination.

5) South Wales

Let’s not forget that we’re a stone’s throw from the wonders of Wales. In under 3 hours you could be in the heart of the vibrant city of Cardiff, the gateway to a treasure trove of natural beauty and beaches along the coastline.

6) East of England

if you’re not fussed with getting sandy toes this summer, then a more inland break to the East of England may be a good option. A drive over to Cambridge is going to take you less then 2 hours, though make sure you read up on the differences between Oxford and Cambridge punting techniques.

7) Cotswolds

They say that the closer you live to somewhere the less you value its beauty. Let’s not have that said about the Cotswolds, where a leisurely drive of under 100 minutes along the A40 is going to have you immersed in the enchanting quintessence of our neighbours.

8) Dorset

Perhaps because it’s that little bit closer at under 3 hours travel time, or perhaps because it’s drenched in history and mystery stretching back to Jurassic times, Dorset is a solid option for landlocked Oxfordshire residents.

9) Scotland

Pack yourself a picnic and strike out for a ‘proper’ road trip all the way up to Scotland. In 7 hours you could be mooching around the cobbled side streets of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and after another couple you could be lost in the endless Scottish Highlands.

If you’re going to hit the road for a long journey it’s vital that your car is ready to transport you safely to your destination.

At Thame Cars we provide a complimentary Staycation Vehicle Health Check, where one of our trained technicians will give your car a thorough 26 point check.

Some of the most important areas that you may wish to check yourself include: tyres, fluid levels (coolant, washer fluid, oil, fuel), windscreen wipers, lights and battery

Check out this blog for details on how to check each of these, or contact us directly to book your complimentary Staycation VHC.