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UK family holidays become the first option for many

Posted on September 01, 2011 by dorisch

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UK family holidays sometimes suffer in comparison with foreign holidays, when the point of comparison is the weather. In spite of the perennial national angst regarding the uncertain British summer, holiday park operators like Park Resorts have reported a steady increase in the size of the UK family holidays market over the last few years. On a closer inspection of the relevant variables, this trend makes perfect sense.

There is often a cost saving involved in taking UK family holidays as opposed to flying abroad, but this goes only a small way to explaining the relatively recent surge in popularity of the home grown holiday. Granted, many people choose UK family holidays for the second vacation of the year, with the primary holiday being a seaside-sunburn affair in the Med. However, there are other factors which are arguably more important in influencing the decision to take a family holiday within the U.K.

Travel and transport issues cannot be ignored. As annoying restrictions on travel – from mandatory blanket security procedures to the tight regulations self imposed by the budget flight industry – make flying a frequent pain, the relative ease and flexibility of moving about the U.K. has to be a major bonus. Additionally, as caravan and mobile home holidays have become an increasingly popular option for a broad spectrum of people, it is clear that many who could easily afford to fly abroad are making a positive choice to stay in the U.K. and take to the open road. When it comes to motor homes in particular, those wishing to splash out on mobile luxury have quite a range of options, and so affordability is not always the attraction of UK family holidays.

The self sufficiency and option for spontaneous changes of plan that are afforded by the caravan and mobile home method of holidaying must be especially attractive to families with children. Not only can the journey to the intended destination be taken at a relaxed pace with frequent pit stops, planned detours to pay visits to family and friends around the country can so easily be accommodated into the wider holiday plan.

Football fans and telly addicts of all persuasions can of course make sure that no crucial match or episode is missed by staying within the footprint of UK television. In general, none of the comforts of home need to forgone, from the choice brand of marmalade to the right kind of beer. Many UK family holidays can also offer the chance to get active as a family with the reassurance that activities, tuition and equipment are all suitable certified to the universally high UK safety standards.


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