By Janet Christie for The Scotsman (4 Jan 23):
Holidays in 2023: Staycation Scotland set to top the travel trends for the year ahead
It’s time to set our sights on rosier horizons in the year ahead.
With strikes, staff shortages, cancellations, delays and lost luggage seeing travellers’ foreign holiday plans dashed or rearranged at very short notice, domestic travel was back on the map last year as visitors enjoyed staycations and breaks closer to home. Scotland’s tourism industry benefitted with the country topping wish and bucket lists and 2023 looks like it will be another busy year for travel north of the Border.
From the Scottish Borders topping Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel guide for 2023 to the Highlands being named one of National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World’ destinations of 2023, it looks set to be busy at home as the cost of living crisis bites and the trend for staycations continues. Expect accommodation ranging from cabins and campsites to turreted luxury hotels and resorts to be busy but there is something to suit every budget for those holidaying close to home.