Spring’s here and summer’s just around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about a family holiday. The British ‘staycation’ is becoming increasingly popular as a cheaper alternative to jetting off abroad, and let’s face it there’s no place like home. English holidays jumped by 12% between 2008 and 2013 and have continued to grow since. A Visit England report states that “as the economic recovery continues, the nature of the staycation is evolving.”
So this summer why not explore the English countryside or even head off to the coast for a family break. Here’s how to get started…
With an English getaway you have much more leeway when it comes to what you pack into the car. Whether you’re off to the Dorset coast and want to bring surfboards for the family, or you’re off to Somerset and want to bring the families bikes; you can when travelling by car.
Another advantage of holidaying in England is that you can bring your pets along with you. Travelling by car allows you to stop off whenever you like during the journey to refresh and to allow everyone to stretch their legs – including the family pet!
Getting to your Destination
Choosing a trustworthy vehicle to get you to your destination is one of the most important aspects to consider, in order to get your family there safety and efficiently. Although you are not travelling abroad you may be on the road for a number of hours, so it’s important that your car is well equipped for a long journey. We advise getting a service on your car before heading off on the road for that added peace of mind during your summer holiday. For additional driver insurance you can take out a temporary insurance policy which can cover someone else to take over the driving. During a long drive it is advisable to split the driving, to avoid a driver from becoming over tired. Additional driver insurance can act as a comforting reassurance that there is that added flexibility to simply switch drivers if needs be, whether it is due to a toddler tantrum emergency or just to have a break.
Where to Stay
Hiring out a holiday cottage or apartment is a great idea for an English Getaway as it solves the issue of having to squeeze an odd number in one hotel room. Better still, everyone gets their own room. Staying somewhere slightly bigger than a hotel room also means that you will have plenty more room to keep everything you have squeezed in the car on the way there!