A Staycation in the UK - the holiday boom

Join the stay at home holiday boom with a staycation in the UK

Holidays in Great Britain

So many people are thoroughly sick of flying and airports, for so many reasons. The heightened security, the check in delays and the Brexit effect.

Britains countryside has never been more beautiful. Travelling is easy and British Holiday Parks are incredibly good vale for money. The chaos at Heathrow in June 2017 when British Airways computer crashed and caused turmoil for millions of people and the falling value of the pound in Europe has caused many people to explore the idea of a holiday in the UK.

The choice of places to stay in Britain is very varied. At the budget end of the market are the many tranquil campsites, mainly located along the South Coast. Here, after buying an inexpensive tent and a few other camping essentials you can spend glorious days or even weeks in the great outdoors. the investment is not wasted either as a good quality tent should last for many years and will mean that future holidays will be incredibly cost-effective. The children in particular will love camping and will join in the fun. Our children, when small, loved fetching the water and helping to put the tent up. Our son even cooked breakfast every morning, out in the fresh air. Camp cookers are amazingly cheap. We paid £15.95 for ours and eventually invested in another one.

If you don’t relish buying your own tent, then why not opt for a mobile home holiday. Modern mobile homes are spacious and comfortable, with a range of models and prices to suit all budgets and all family sizes. Most are situated on holiday parks, where you will also often find a swimming pool and sometimes, a bar. Even the smallest holiday parks offer some entertainment and many are situated within 20 minutes stroll to a village, where you will find one or two shops and a pub.

You don’t have to self-cater of course. Many of the holiday parks offer fast food takeaways or are situated near to a restaurant. Those that do not have these facilities will undoubtedly have quite a few local food outlets that deliver to the park. Just look for the menu leaflets in reception.

Renting a holiday cottage is also very popular way to have a holiday or short break in the UK. There are well over 2000 holiday cottages to rent in the UK and there is certainly a property to suit every family, however large. You will find all mod cons in most holiday cottages and some even have a log burner installed. Your fist basket of logs is often free so you can curl up beside a glowing log fire in total peace and tranquility. Most have a fridge and washing machine and some even have a dishwasher.

Top tips for a staycation holiday

If you are driving yourself, check the car before you go. Halfords offer a free car check for safety and tyres etc. Make sure your tyre pressures are correct, especially if the car is heavily loaded with camping equipment and the family. You may even have to hire a roof rack or a trailer if you have a lot of equipment.

Plan your journey and the holiday. Check your route on Google or enter the post code of your destination into your satnav before you go. Make sure that you are topped up with fuel to avoid stopping on the way and paying excessive prices. You may find that buying a map of the local area will pay dividends when you are planning walks in the area or when you are planning outings.

Keep the children amused. Many kids now will withdraw into their own electronic devices but try to plan to keep them amused. If you are camping, involve the kids in the planning and the packing so that they can help when you arrive at your site. There are lots of little jobs that the children can do, such as fetching the water and hammering in th tent pegs, so make sure that they are involved.

Remember some activities for all the family. Puzzle books are fun, as are local guides to the area. Part of the fun of family holidays is doing things together. For instance, if you are going to the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast, remember to take a small hammer and a chisel for splitting rocks on the beach. Our children used to have many hours of fun doing this, even in the rain.

Don’t forget your bikes if you have them. The areas around holiday parks are often quite peaceful so you may feel happy to ride on the local tracks and roads. If you have bikes, you may want to invest in a bike rack, Bikes can often be hired once you arrive at the holiday park so take helmets if you have them.

Make sure that you pack clothing for all weathers. naturally, you hope to be sitting in the sunshine, but the weather can change dramatically in a few hours in the UK. Pack waterproofs, hats and a brolly to make sure that you can be out and about having fun, whatever the weather.

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