So much to consider when booking a holiday but the first has to be on deciding whether to holiday at home or abroad. Weather obviously comes into it but not everyone is keen on hot sunshine and so staying home might be an option for that reason. Our weather is generally always unpredictable and so if you are wanting guaranteed cooler weather you might not always get it! At times July has been hotter than the Mediterranean!
Other obvious factors to consider are:
- travel time
- accommodation and facilities
- length of stay
Ultimately it probably comes down to personal preference. Some people enjoy holidaying in England and there are beaches on the West Coast of Wales and down South around Cornwall that would rival most Spanish ones!
Food glorious food!
It isn’t always the case that a holiday at home is cheaper either. These days you can get deals on all inclusive holidays abroad and because you are guaranteed the weather, most of your expense is covered within this. It is surprising at just how much the costs add up for eating and drinking, especially if you have children who are in constant need of drinks, snacks and ice creams! If you are holidaying in England and have to self cater, look into whether you can get your weekly groceries delivered. If you are camping or staying on a caravan site this is not going to be an option, but if you have booked a cottage or place somewhere, you will most likely be able to get deliveries from the main supermarkets. Although you will want to eat out some of the time, getting your groceries delivered for the week means you won’t be paying out for all your food and drink at local stores which are much higher priced.
Are we there yet?
The time you have available is always a consideration because you aren’t going to be going to America or Australia in just a week. The time is takes to get to your destination and how you get there are also to be taken into consideration, especially if you have children. How many times have you heard, ‘are we there yet’, before you have even reached the motorway!?
The type of holiday will also most likely impact heavily on deciding whether to holiday at home or abroad. If you like action packed holidays you might prefer staying home, whereas if you enjoy lazing around in the sun, a beach holiday abroad will definitely be for you. If you’ve got children you will also want to ensure that their needs are met too in terms of things to do. There is nothing worse than bored kids while you are trying to relax in the sunshine!
Whatever you decide, make it happen. Work out the details before booking anything so that you know most of what you are looking for – it makes booking much easier and you are more likely to get what you want if you are clear about it!