Are you looking to book a family holiday this summer? If you are then why not ditch the busy airports, long queues and the need to change up currency and enjoy a UK holiday instead. There are lots of advantages of staying in the UK for your summer holidays, here we name just a few.
1. You don’t have to get on a plane
Let’s face it, even if you’re just popping on a short haul flight to Spain, you are still talking about a minimum of 5 hours of travel, probably a lot more. The stress of worrying about getting to the airport on time (you need to get there at least 2 hours before you fly) so you probably need to park the car (in a very expensive car park) 3 hours before you fly. And what if you’re stuck in traffic? The plane won’t wait for you, so really you need to get to the airport the day before! Once you finally get to the airport and you’ve battled your way through check-in and been thoroughly scrutinized by security, you might get the chance to chill and enjoy an overpriced meal or beverage for a while. But no, wait… you’ve just been told to queue up at the airport gate for another half an hour or more. Of course the waiting doesn’t stop there… Everyone’s got to squeeze their hand luggage into the plane and then (if you’re like me) try and fit their bottom’s into a plane seat that’s only just big enough for a toddler! Now, if you’re not stressed by the thought of being 30,000 feet up in the air inside a tin cylinder, then just getting to this stage of your journey is enough to necessitate the need for a holiday in itself. I’m not even going to mention the flight… turbulence, awful food, earache and that bumpy landing (or the thought of it). No, I think you’d be better off giving planes a miss!
2. Everything is in English
While you’ve been on holiday in a non-English speaking country have you ever tried to be clever and order a meal in the native lingo, only to find that you were served something totally different? Have you ever got lost and tried to ask a local directions, and been met with shrugs? Do you sit through entertainment programmes that are repeated in 4 different languages? I know, we should all make an effort to speak the language of the country that you are in, but for many of us, the limit is Au Revoir or Gracias. At least if you are on holiday in the UK people speak English. You don’t have to worry if you get lost and you’ll know what you’re ordering in a cafe.
3. You can easily work out what you spend
When you’re on holiday abroad, it’s not always easy to work out how much things are. Yes, it is easier in Europe now, as most countries have adopted the Euro (and that is currently worth just a little less than the pound) but because of the Euro, holidays in Europe are nowhere near as cheap as they once were. Inflation and poor exchange rates mean that a holiday in Spain or Greece is not as good value as it used to be in the days of the Peseta or Drachma.
4. We drive on the right side (or left) of the road
It’s dangerous walking abroad, mainly because you forget which way to look when you are crossing the road! But have you ever tried driving in Europe? It’s scary to say the least… going around a roundabout in reverse seems all wrong and driving on the right hand side takes a lot of getting used to.
5. Pack as much as you like (within reason!)
If you travel to your UK holiday destination in a car, you can fill your car to the brim with gear. This is why staying in the UK is the best option if you are traveling with babies and toddlers, as they need sooo much stuff… pushchairs, high chairs, nappies, sterilizers, the list goes on and on. No, you are definitely better staying in this country for a holiday with little ones.
6. Passports are expensive
It might be stating the obvious, but you don’t need a passport for a UK holiday. With the costs set to rise to nearly £100 each, that’s a big consideration for families.
7. There’s always something to do in the UK – whatever the weather
There’s no getting away from it, weather in the UK is not known for its reliability. We do get rain, but at least that means that our tourist attractions are geared up for this. There are numerous attractions in Devon for people on holiday to enjoy, there’s no excuse to be bored. The weather in Europe may be more reliable, but it does rain there too sometimes. And when it does rain, there’s not a lot to do. You may be lucky and find a cinema with a film with English subtitles, but indoor adventure parks or swimming pools are few and far between.
8. The UK is a safe place for a holiday
Love the rules or loath them, health and safety legislation in the UK means that when you are on holiday in the UK, you should be safe. Our stringent laws also mean that wherever you eat, you are unlikely to get ill from the food. Our water is clean, so there’s no need to buy bottled water and our hotels, holiday parks and attractions all provide a safe and secure place for your family holidays.
9. You can bring your pet
Many holiday resorts and accommodations in the UK now accept dogs, so if you want to bring your furry friend (or friends) on holiday with you, you can. Our holiday park in Devon accepts pets in a wide range of accommodation.
10. Wonderful Landscapes
There are too many wonderful landscapes to mention, Snowdonia, Lake District, Scottish Highlands come to mind, but if you’re looking for a holiday in the South West, be rest assured that we have more than our fair share of idyllic countryside, including the spectacular Dartmoor National Park.
11. Beautiful Beaches
Okay, so the water temperatures may not be the warmest in the world but the UK has some beautiful beaches. In 2018 the UK had 65 Blue Flag beaches, with South Devon being blessed with 7 including our very own Dawlish Warren Beach. Whether you’re into water sports, swimming, paddling, sunbathing or building sandcastles, you and your family will love the fun-filled time that awaits you by the sea.
12. Diverse accommodation
One of the best things about holidaying in the UK is the fantastic choice of accommodation available. Whether you choose a busy city break in a hotel, a fun packed holiday park in Devon, a self catering cottage in Cumbria or a campsite beside a Scottish Loch, you can be sure that there’s something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
13. You’re helping the UK economy
We’re not going to get all political on you! But wherever you choose for your stay-cation holiday, you can do so with the satisfaction that by staying in the UK for your family holiday you are contributing to the UK economy and supporting tourism in this country.
Start planning your perfect break at Welcome Family Holiday Park in Devon today – simply book online or call us on 03451 656265.