Staycation summer: How to plan perfect local getaways.

"Local getaways, staycations, holidays nearby are the vacation of choice this summer. And after weeks of remaining indoors, now is the time to venture out into the world and #GetBacktoGO." - Robyn Bonnin, RoadTrips by TomTom

To some, the idea of a local getaway is nothing new; to others, a last-minute staycation needs some explaining. If that is you, not to worry, we have your back!

Here, we have put together our top tips and local getaway gems to help you make the most of your staycation.

Local Getaways 101

Do not over think it! Vacations are supposed to be fun, so make planning part of that fun.

For many of us, traveling far from home is not an option. So, now is the time to get reacquainted with your local surroundings and rediscover the reasons you fell in love with your region.

To get some quick inspiration for where you can holiday locally, we have put together the top five routes for the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

Each of these routes is jam-packed with local hotspots and hidden gems for you to explore and enjoy with your loved ones. From staycations along the UK’s Atlantic Highway to Germany's Baltic Sea Coast, we have got you covered!

If you are feeling extra creative, you can always give it a go and create your own getaway road trip using our Roadtrip Planner . Add scenic segments, fun stops, or activities along the way to make the most of your staycation adventure this summer.

On-the-road Essentials for Every Staycation

We asked the awesome team at TomTom to come up with their on-the-road must-haves and put together a dummy-proof staycation checklist for you. So make sure to prepare and stock up on these getaway essentials before heading out for adventure:

Bonus essentials! Hand sanitizer and some washable face masks. With these, you are well equipped to make the most of whatever you are doing during your staycation.

Staycation Navigation

How you get to your local staycation getaway is up to you. All our routes are OK for cars, caravans, and motorbikes. So #GetBacktoGO in your own style and at your own speed. To help get you there quicker, safer, and easier, browse our range of TomTom  GPS sat navs  for riders, drivers, and caravaners. With one of our TomTom GO GPS sat navs, you can effortlessly sync your staycation route and go!

Let’s #GetBacktoGO!

While we have yet to get the all clear, we are still excited to start our summer travel planning. Easing back into all this post quarantine has turned our attention to local getaways, to the places between where we live and where we so often spend our holidays. Before we get back into the wilds of some remote corner of the Earth (and we will), join us in staycationing and spending summer holidays nearby on local getaways. Do it as a warm-up before more intrepid travel, do it for all the local businesses who could use a boost, and do it just because you can.

Be sure to look to us for guidance there and back! You can follow @tomtomdrivers on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for more tips and travel inspiration.