Staycation Vs Vacation

The ultimate question every family asks every single year… staycation or vacation?

With Christmas over and everyone in the midst of credit card debt, cutbacks and lifestyle changes are happening everywhere! Sometimes a staycation, especially in the countryside, can be more enjoyable than a vacation.. so we’re taking a look at the pro’s and con’s of staycations to help you decide.


1 – You save money Staycations are a massive money saver, there’s no worries about flights, hotel rooms and whether to go all-inclusive or half board. There’s no ridiculous prices beach sun beds, ‘bottomless’ cocktails or excursions to think about either.

2 – Less time travelling more time vacationing! The good thing about staycations is you don’t have to travel for hours (home to the airport, time spent on the plane, and then transfers) with staycations you can literally get up and go! 

3 – You’re giving back to the UK economy When choosing to staycation, you’re automatically putting money back into the UK economy and also helping local businesses! Win Win! 


1 – The weather One thing we can never control is the weather! England is notorious for freezing, damp months, so organising a staycation during unreliable Spring/Summer sometimes is a stab in the dark!

2  – Escaping from the daily grind. Being in the same country is less of a disconnect from the real world life.  But put an ocean or a few continents in between of you and your inbox it certainly helps with relaxing.

3 – No Culture Vulture!  Staying at home means the culture shift you get from visiting another time zone doesn’t really happen.

National Cyclo Cross Championships; A Review

Last weekend, Hetton Lyons Country Park fell host to the National Cyclo Cross Championships. Springboard were delighted, and very proud to be involved in supporting such a successful national event within the park, and the feedback we’ve had from spectators both in person and on social from the event has been fantastic.

The event has been named as being ‘World Class Event Standard’ and has encouraged a lot of national cyclists and spectators to come to the park, amongst these where elite champions who gave positive comments about the park, and the standard of the course.

The Park is used throughout the year by Hetton Hawks for training, and here at Springboard, we welcome use of the park with community access year round, and shall continue to support and encourage sporting events offering to incorporate Springboard Adventure training facilities in the future to all local sportsmen and women in the local area, Springboard will always support and encourage such events in any way we can.

Mike Charlton, chairman of Hetton Hawks said; “Most of all I am proud. Proud of the event we delivered as a team, proud of the entire Hetton Hawks club and proud of the way so many people involved in North East Cycling put their hands up and volunteered to make it happen.

It was the Hetton team that won the bid, but it wasn’t just a Hetton team that delivered. It was a much wider team made up of the skills, energy and enthusiasm of the whole of the North East.

Our aim was to deliver an event that did the jersey proud which you all enjoyed, the feedback from the commissaires last night was that together we delivered an event that was world-class.”

Our CEO, David Barker MBE MBA helped to hand out some of the medals on the Saturday.

You can find more images of the weekends event over on Hetton Hawks Facebook page.