While many holidaymakers head abroad in search of sun, hotter climates aren't necessarily at the top of the list for every traveller.

From cultural experiences and nature trails to extreme sports and historic landmarks, there are all manner of reasons why people decide to visit certain destinations for a week or two.

So in order to boost domestic tourism in the UK, VisitEngland - the national tourist board - has launched a new Facebook app: '101 Things to do Before you go Abroad'.

The idea of the initiative is to draw people's attention to the huge variety of getaways and staycations that England has to offer, encouraging them to sample the domestic delights before jetting off overseas.

Brits are being asked to submit their ideas for locations and experiences that should be on the list, with six categories including Arts & Culture and History & Heritage set to be included.

"There is so much on offer in England which is capable of taking our breath away," said James Berresford, VisitEngland chief executive.

"We hope this app will inspire Britons everywhere to take a holiday in England and remember that this is one of the best, if not the best destinations in the world."

The organisation will collate all of the suggestions made by the public before posting them on a map and encouraging others to vote for their favourites, when the 101 most popular will be used to create the list.

Finding ways to tempt Brits to stay on home shores for their breaks is nothing new, and many rural areas offer cottages that can serve as a great place to escape the rush of city life.

Indeed, some people are often tempted to buy such properties so as they can stay there for their holidays and visit at weekends.

While it's great to have such assets, it's also important to protect them with second home insurance policies to cover the cost of damage or theft.