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5 Great UK Alternatives To Going Abroad For Your Holidays

5 Great UK Alternatives To Going Abroad For Your Holidays

Going on holiday is good for your health and if it’s possible to get away more than once a year you’ll see even more health benefits and feel better for it. You have two choices when it comes to going away… go abroad or take a staycation.

Read on for 5 great alternatives to going abroad for your holidays.

We all love being abroad on holiday! The sun, sand & scenery is a big draw, however sometimes the thought of going abroad and everything that can involve makes you want to stay at home and not bother.

How about a staycation?

Have you considered a UK staycation instead of going abroad?

Imagine not having to worry about:

  • Airport chaos and queues
  • Delayed or cancelled flights
  • Forgotten passports
  • Remembering to drive on the other side of the road…

The UK has a host of different options that could make for a relaxed and refreshing staycation with a minimum of stress and a maximum of fun.

Static Caravans

Caravanning often conjures up visions of traffic jams, cramped uncomfortable living conditions and grey drizzly weather. Not anymore!

With a plethora of static caravan parks around the UK, you’ll be able to holiday exactly where you want in comfort with all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a good hotel.

Modern static caravans have:

  • Large open plan living areas
  • Modern sanitation
  • Fitted kitchens with built-in appliances
  • Two or more double bedrooms and can often sleep six or more
  • Large decking areas to enjoy alfresco living

Whether you choose to rent a static caravan for a couple of weeks or take the plunge, in an area you love and buy a caravan, you’ll be amazed at the facilities many campsites have.

Gyms, swimming pools, restaurants, children’s play areas and even onsite entertainment teams, long gone are the days of a swampy field with a standpipe for water!

Camping

If you’re on a bit of a budget this year but still want to take the family away for a week or two, then camping could be the perfect option.

If you’re already fully equipped with tents, sleeping bags and all of the other vital camping paraphernalia, all you’ll need to do is choose which part of the country appeals, book your pitch and away you go – you’re on holiday.

However, if you’ve never camped before, don’t have the equipment yet and just want to dip your toe in the camping pool before you commit, have a look at glamping.

With glamping, the tents are set up for you when you arrive, you sleep under duvets on proper beds, can enjoy the comfort of a sofa and you cook in a regular kitchen inside your tent.

You’re still camping, sleeping under canvas, out in nature, but you’re doing it in style.

Holiday Camps

Holiday camps have come a long way since Billy Butlin opened his first camp in Skegness in 1936.

Gone are the chalets and eating en masse in huge dining rooms. Now you can self-cater, go half board or full board, whichever suits how you want to holiday.

Holiday camps are designed to be an all-inclusive entertainment venue with activities all day long and evening shows, bingo and variety acts to round off the day.

A fun family option.

City Breaks

It’s usual to think of a holiday as a one or two week break, somewhere sunny where you can relax as a family and recharge your batteries.

But does it have to be like that?

Why not break your holiday up into half a dozen city breaks spread over the year?

One month you’re taking in the National History Museum in London during the day and seeing a West End show in the evening.

Another month an art gallery or historical monument followed by dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.

Budget hotels are springing up all over the country making it increasingly easy to get out at a moments notice and explore the UK from top to bottom, one weekend at a time.

Theme Parks

Thrill seekers or at least those who have thrill-seeking children will be drawn to the idea of a short break at a theme park. Combining high octane rides with a spa hotel offers something for everyone.

Enjoy a few hours of being flung from side to side and upside down, then let a trained masseuse unravel the kinks from your spine before you enjoy a relaxing dinner and a few drinks to recover before doing it all over again tomorrow…

Why not try a staycation?

Holidays don’t have to be the prescribed two weeks on a Spanish beach, they can be anything you want them to be.

The UK has a surprising amount to offer and as our summer weather has been so good for the last couple of years!

Why not take a chance and explore what is on offer closer to home?

5 Reasons why holidays are good for you & your families health

5 Reasons why holidays are good for you & your families health

When you begin planning this year’s big holiday, whether it’s to your caravan, an Airbnb in Europe or a luxury getaway to the Far East or Caribbean, of course you will be excited however did you also know about the health benefits?

The anticipation of getting away from the daily grind and enjoying that well-earned break will keep you buzzing until departure day. However, as well as the excitement of your family holiday, it can have significant health benefits that last well beyond your return home. The fact is ‘holidays are healthy’, Read on to discover why..

Catch up with sleep

Holidays are about rest and recuperation. Your alarm doesn’t go off at some ungodly hour every morning, forcing you out of bed before you’re fully rested.

On holiday, you get to catch up on some of the sleep that you’ve missed. Enjoying an uninterrupted lie in, napping by the pool after lunch or going native and taking a siesta like the locals.

BUPA in their article ‘9 benefits of a good night’s sleep’ list some significant health benefits that come from sufficient quality sleep, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Keeping your heart healthy
  • A strong robust immune system
  • Looking after your emotional well-being and mental health
  • Improving your concentration and attention

Matthew Walker, the director of the Centre for human sleep science at the University of California, Berkeley, believes that we are in the midst of a catastrophic sleep loss epidemic that could have grave consequences to our health at every level.

To continue to enjoy how good you feel from getting a good night sleep and all of the associated health benefits, try to prioritise sleep. Not only will your body thank you, but your boss will marvel at the new invigorated you.

Soak up the healthy sun

After living through the dull, dreariness of a British winter, we all crave bright, sunny days to make us feel happy and healthy again.

On holiday you tend to spend much more time outdoors. Whether that’s playing with your kids, sunbathing or exploring the surrounding area, you are soaking up the health benefits of the sun

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved bone health
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Healing of certain skin disorders
  • Reduced risk of certain cancers

Though the health benefits of being out in the sun are numerous and impressive, it is important to remember that sunshine is the number one cause of skin cancer. Experts recommend no more than 15 or 20 minutes of unprotected exposure per day — after that apply a good quality sunscreen to keep you safe and healthy.

Regular exercise

We all acknowledge that to stay healthy we need to exercise, however, finding time during busy working week is often a challenge.

You want to go the gym, but family commitments have to be prioritized and so weeks roll by and the impetus to get moving diminishes.

On holiday time is no longer an issue, work is a distant memory and family commitments give you the excuse you all need to get moving. From swimming to beach football and exploring to souvenir shopping you’re constantly on the move.

The NHS lists a number of medically proven health benefits that come from being regularly active.

  • 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • 30% lower risk of depression
  • 30% lower risk of dementia

Remember the statistics and how good running around on holiday felt, then use that as a prod to get you to the gym or out for a run so you can live a healthy and long life.

Sample different foods

Holidays can be a food extravaganza and by checking out the local cuisine, whether that’s seafood fresh off the boat, Spanish paella or Coq au vin, you can increase the variety of what you eat and often the quality.

When you’re in a warm destination it’s easier to eat salad and light foods as the heat will affect your appetite.

Enjoy eating well and trying the local cuisine, it’s often healthier and tastier than fast food options at the beach and you can try and cook your own version when you’re back in the UK.

Making memories to last a lifetime

Family holidays are often the basis for some of our happiest memories.

Research from the Family Holiday Association showed that the emotional and psychological benefits of your holiday will last long after the holiday has ended.

The memories that you have from your holiday can help you overcome tough times later in life. The laughter, feeling of relaxation and new experiences is what we remember when we look back on our holidays.

The best memories often come from the simplest of pleasures:

  • Eating an ice-cream at the beach
  • Jumping waves
  • Burying dad in the sand
  • Building a sandcastle

And according to research by the BBC good memories will stay with you for far longer than bad ones.

Get out there and start making some fantastic memories for you and your children!

The health benefits that you get from family holidays are overwhelming.

Whether you plan on holidaying in the UK or further afield enjoy the benefits and come home a healthier happier person.

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