June 25th, 2013

Reasons to Holiday in Great Britain

by Don

Given the current financial climate, saving up to jet abroad just isn’t realistic for most families; luckily, there are many reasons to holiday here in GB aside from the benefits to your bank balance.

Let’s start with the perils of travelling with children, even a short car journey to your nearest beach can be a summer holiday nightmare – are we there yet? – but imagine the stress of whining and tantrums in the mile long queue to the boarding gate; that’s before you’ve even taken off, then there’s the several hours of on-board entertainment you must provide to keep them quiet. When you decide to holiday abroad, you’re putting your plans – and your sanity – in the hands of the airline, and unfortunately delays and cancellations can occur, putting a dampener on that holiday spirit straight away. If you want to guarantee you won’t spend your time in the airport rather than on the beach, just stay in old Blighty! A great seaside resort is never more than a few hours’ drive away and at least when you’re in the comfort of your own vehicle the kids can be as noisy as they like without disturbing everyone else around them.

Once more, if you have got children, Great Britain is so well equipped for them! That sunny escape to an island paradise might sound like fun for you, but you’ll need to pick your location extra carefully to be sure that you’re not too far away from a quality family attraction. The UK does family attractions well, from interactive museums to indoor play centres, waterparks to history experiences where you can step back in time. Of course you could opt for the family holiday parks like Butlins or Haven too, where everything is catered for an affordable, fun packed break.

Whilst the weather may not be as predictable as many foreign destinations, the British coastline is something to really celebrate when the sun does come out. There are miles of glorious sands to explore with highlights in the south including Cornwall, Devon and the Isle of Wight. Let your children run amongst the sand dunes, paddle in the rock pools and build sand castles until their hearts are content. Don’t forget the cheap and cheerful British piers too – you won’t find anything quite like them elsewhere!

When you want to go for an active holiday, here in GB is ideal. You won’t overheat as you take to the countryside hiking, horse riding, cycling, canoeing or fishing. Whilst at the beach, the UK has excellent surf opportunity for those who want to ride the waves.

There really is so much to do here in the UK, and whilst a ‘staycation’ might not be as glamorous as jetting off to the Greek islands, it can certainly be a lot of fun and take the strain of your purse strings for a while.

Tom Briscoe is a travel and lifestyle blogger from the UK. His favourite Great British place to stay in the summer are holiday lodges Cornwall.

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