If you’re giving thought to a UK based holiday you should stop thinking about it and start booking. I love the British Isles and firmly believe that it is a magical and very special place. The UK has so much to offer – from historic sites to areas of outstanding natural beauty, to city living at it’s best. If you want to make sure that you get to see all that the UK has to offer all you have to do is take time for a little bit of prep work, and you can truly ensure that you make the best of a trip tailor-made for you!
There are so many reasons to have a domestic holiday and one of them is that because of the size of our country we don’t have to waste so much time travelling and get to spend more time enjoying ourselves. This is particularly true for half term. For example, if you are from the Midlands, why not opt for half term holiday breaks in the north east? This allows you to explore a different part of the country but not have to wander too far.
UK Break: Location
The first thing to consider is what type of trip you want to have. It can be a hard decision because there are so many places to go! City breaks can be fun and packed with things to do. London and Edinburgh are the obvious choices, of course. If you want to leave the touristy areas behind, I highly recommend coming to the North West. Manchester is a fantastic city with so much culture and diversity. If you want to hit the shops it’s the perfect place to do so, especially as they have a big Selfridges store.
There are a few different options for travel here in the UK. Of course, you can hop in the car and drive. It does depend on the length of your journey and the quality of your wheels. If your car has seen better days you might not want to risk it on a longer journey.
Other options include trains, buses, flights, and ferries. Flights and ferries can make travel fun as it seems like you are really ‘going away’, trains and buses can be a good option too as they let you experience some real English countryside, without getting too distracted by the driving.
UK Break: Accommodation
Where you stay is going is going to affect your UK break. With so many options available it can be quite tricky to know which one to choose. I think the best way of choosing is to think honestly about your needs. If you are going on a romantic weekend break, you might want a little luxury and chose a fancy hotel.
If you are holidaying for longer a caravan; chalet or short lets serviced accommodation might be a better choice. These types of accommodation will allow you to keep food costs down and get a more relaxed, at home feel to your break.
Things to do
You are probably going to pick a break, partly on the activities available. Depending on whether you are an active or chilled person you may want different things from your time away. The UK has some cool options besides the usual city breaks. I love the idea of going to a holiday park. Some parks offer a mix of relaxing things like spa days and walks in the forest and active things like archery and canoeing. Personally, I hope to soon be visiting the Lake District or star gazing on the Isle of Man.
I’ve listed this last, but it is the first thing to consider when it comes to a UK break. The best tip I can give you is to be realistic about what your budget is and plan from there. It may be tempting to spend all you’ve got and then some for a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip, but it’s pointless if you are going to be affecting your day to day lifestyle all for that one holiday. Consider limiting eating out, having a daily budget and keeping track of your spending, and you will and you can bet that this won’t be the only time you be holiday planning.
What are your best UK break ideas?