Saving Money with Some Great UK Staycations
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Thinking about a summer holiday this year? What’s on your list – Spain, Greece, Italy… the UK? That’s right, instead of hopping on a flight, why not pack up the car and go on an old fashioned roadtrip. The rise of the ‘staycation’, a holiday in your own country, is a unique way to spend your time off. Rarely do we get out and discover the UK because it’s always a case of “we can go there anytime”. However, a lot of us never do. While thousands of tourists flock to over here every year, how many Brits can say they’ve seen their homeland through the eyes of a tourist?
Driving a caravan around the country is not only a vacation with a difference; it’s also a lot more economical as well. Just think – you’ve got your accommodation and transport all set up, with nothing but the wide open road in front of you. Even if you’re clocking up the miles, there are still only minimal costs involved –petrol, car maintenance and, most importantly, caravan insurance if you’re going to be trekking around the countryside. There are many budget-friendly deals out there – I went for AA caravan insurance as I already get my car insurance from them.
Once you’ve got all that sorted, it’s time to hit the road, literally. So where to next?
Boasting breathtaking views of both craggy cliffs and crashing waves, this south-western peninsula is the best of both worlds. These ancient grounds are also the longest stretch of coastline in Britain, giving you access to surf, sand and sun (sometimes). If you’re a bit of a water baby, try setting up camp in the dunes at Perran Sands, just a few miles from Newquay. There’s also Riviere Sands, the self-proclaimed “most beautiful beach in Britain”. Drive half way between Land’s End and Lizard Point to be the judge of that yourself…
Somerset is the stuff legends – specifically King Arthur and the Holy Grail – are made of. There’s no shortage of history or castles in this rugged area, while the bustling seaport of Bristol is just a short drive away. Doniford Bay a picturesque campsite on the edge of Exmoor National Park, and the perfect base to explore the wilderness. There’s also a heated pool, indoor rock climbing and sports courts to keep you occupied when you need a day off from the road.
Whitestable is a picturesque holiday park, where you’ll find a mix of artists, traders and food stalls selling their wares out of old fishing huts. The harbour is a bustling hub of tourists and locals alike, while the Whitestable Castle is definitely worth a look.
North of London,is Essex, a beachside haven filled with fun activities for the kids. There’s the Colchester Zoo, Adventure Island, and Rollerworld to help the little ones let off some steam. There are over 10 fully-equipped caravan parks, some even decked out with on-site waterslides.
Solent Breezes Holiday Park is a great relaxing site, just two miles away from Warsash beach. Spend your week relaxing on the deck, as the sailboats make their way lazily in the breeze. There’s also a kid’s club, family bar and free wifi access.