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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?

Buying a static caravan or lodge – Parklink buyers guide

Welcome to the Parklink buyers guide

This brand NEW guide will take you step by step through the purchase process when buying a static caravan or lodge in the UK.

As you are aware, buying a static caravan or lodge is a big purchase decision not to be taken lightly. Buying a static caravan or lodge can have great benefits where the end goal will be to enhance you and your families lifestyle for many years to come. We have thoughtfully created this guide to offer you guidance in your journey into holiday home ownership so we hope you find it a great help.

This guide covers 5 key areas of buying a static caravan or lodge holiday home which includes:

  • Affordability

Ensuring you understand costs involved when purchasing a holiday home

  • Location

The location is arguably one of the most important factors when buying a static caravan or lodge

  • Choosing a holiday park

This guide will offer advice on which holiday park you should choose for your static caravan holiday home to be on

  • Choosing a static caravan or lodge

Which static caravan or lodge should you buy? This guide will offer you guidance when making this choice.

  • Plot

This is usually the final piece of the puzzle. Choosing the ideal plot for your static caravan or lodge is important to ensure you have the right space and outlook.

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You are welcome to view, download or share this guide on buying a static caravan or lodge. Over time we will be constantly updating and improving this guide so feel free to contact us HERE if you have any suggestion or feedback on our first buyers guide.

If you a thinking of buying a static caravan or lodge, this is a MUST read!

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Private Static Caravan For Sale

Private static caravan for sale

If you’re considering investing in a static caravan to enjoy with the family, a private static caravan poses plenty of benefits. With regards to both price and choice, it’s an option that could certainly save you money and give you a special place to use for many years to come.

Potential savings

If you’re keen to save money, buying a private static caravan is a great option. The static caravan will usually come sited, connected and ready for you to enjoy on a holiday park in the UK.  If you shop around and do your research you can make substantial savings by purchasing privately. Established companies that are selling a large number of static caravans will often charge premium prices due to large overheads.  Opting to purchase privately will mean that you can make dramatic savings; this is because private sellers will price their static caravan to sell in order to compete with well-established sellers.

Extra benefits

A private static caravan will often be fully equipped and will come with plenty of extras that you as the new owner will enjoy. This could be in the form of kitchen appliances, TV’s etc., which will make your static caravan more homely and ready to use. A modern static caravan contains efficient appliances in the kitchen and bathrooms will be kitted out to a high standard. This will all add to your experience as a new owner, meaning you enjoy your home away from home with all your home comforts.

Great choice

When it comes to location and variety, you’re spoilt for choice when browsing for a static caravan. We have plenty of locations on our site for you to choose from, including Scotland, North Wales and Norfolk. This will enable you to choose a location that suits the kind of holiday that you want. Whether you’re after a coastal retreat, a historic setting or somewhere near a national park, you’ll find what you desire.

Piece of mind

Static caravans are the perfect getaway for families to make amazing memories in together. These days they are built to a very high standard with extra long warranties. If you choose to buy a private static caravan, there is every change it may have warranty remaining. This means that if anything does go wrong, you are able to go back to the manufacturer for help.

Are you keen to find your own private static caravan or perhaps you have one for sale? We have plenty of options available on Parklink. Contact us today – dan@parklink.uk or call 01626 333883 

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Buying a static caravan pros and cons

Pro’s & Con’s of buying a static caravan

When looking to buy a static caravan, it is important that you weigh up the pro’s and con’s of buying a static caravan.  If bought for the right reasons you will be sure to find a great joy in owning a static caravan. For most venturing into the world of holiday home ownership is an enjoyable experience. You get to focus on the important things in life such as family, friends and leisure experiences.

Dream of owning your own home from home

Many holidaymakers dream of one day owning their very own home away from home. Buying a static caravan is the obvious choice where that this dream can be realised. Returning to a location that you love, to enjoy a holiday whenever you please is a great luxury. That said, buying a static caravan should always be considered carefully by those keen to take the plunge into ownership.

Here we have put together a list of pros and cons to help you make your decision a much easier one.

Holiday at times to suit you 

For many people, one  massive draw when buying a static caravan is the opportunity to go on holiday whenever they choose.  Owning your own caravan or lodge on park gives you the flexibility to arrive and depart at a time that suits you. There will be no need to book ahead or check in which can appeal to many people.

Quality of accommodation

Booking accommodation online can be a roulette. Most of the time you will fall lucky and receive a nice standard of accommodation. Other times you may get let down or something may not be quite as described.  Who enjoys spending hours browsing for the best rates in the most desirable locations only to feel let down when they are booked. Knowing where you are going and where you are staying can give you more piece of mind.

Like minded people

While the communities that we build at home are important, sometimes we need to look further afield and consider where else we can become part of something. The great thing about holiday home ownership parks is you are surrounded with like minded people which enjoy getting away and enjoying the good things in life. You are able to choose your park based on your interests and circumstances; for example, if you have children, find a family-friendly holiday park that your children will be able to make friends on. Building lasting relationships on a holiday park is great for sociable people and could present a better option than visiting a different resort or park every year.

Your static caravan can be a great source of income

Have you ever considered letting out your static caravan to other holidaymakers while you aren’t there? This can be a great source of income, especially during the peak months, such as the summer holidays. Many holiday parks have fantastic letting schemes where they can take care of all aspects of the letting for you. This will work well as you can enjoy many holidays whilst making it help towards runnings costs. There are cons associated with letting out your holiday home which you need to be aware of and ensure you have prepared for.

  • Holiday makers will not always leave in immaculate condition – Ensure you have good cleaners in place
  • You may suffer the odd breakage – Ensure you have adequate insurance cover which covers subletting
  • It may be let when you want to use – Rent out your holiday home in blocks and plan your time in first.
  • The holiday home will suffer wear & tear – With more use comes more wear & tear however the income you will make will outweigh the expense of replacing the carpet eventually or repair works.

 Cons of buying a static caravan

Whilst it is true that for most people buying a static caravan is reported to be one of the best things they have ever done.  There can be a few drawbacks that you may want to consider before making your final choice.

Being in the same location

Are you the kind of person that struggles to stay in the same place?  If so, you may struggle with the concept of visiting the same location time and time again. While it can be comforting to grow familiar with your surroundings, some may find this monotonous over time. Having said that, most parks are situated in stunning surroundings with national parks with plenty of trails and walks nearby.  This means there is plenty of opportunity to get out and about the area which will give variety to your experience.

Responsibility

Just as you need to invest in your home to maintain it, you will need to do the same with a static caravan. You will need to allow for general upkeep and ensure that your static caravan is safe to use. While it can give many a sense of pride of ownership and accomplishment. For others, maintaining their own home as well as a static caravan can be a challenge.  Parks usually provide services to help maintain your caravan including gas and electric servicing.  These services can be convenient and necessary however you will need to allow for this outlay.

Selling your static caravan

When buying a static caravan you may want to consider the process if you ever need to sell. Your static caravan is a valuable asset and at some point you may have a change of life circumstance which forces you to consider selling.  Many Parks will help you will this process and offer a price to buy it back from you. Ensure you know what the company policy if so you can plan ahead. Here at Parklink we have a dedicated page where you can advertise your private caravan for sale. Click HERE to find out more.

Memorable holidays in a place you love

While the initial investment in a static caravan represent a large purchase. It’s important to recognise the long-term enjoyment you will get from owning your own – Memorable family holidays, on your own terms, in a place that you love can mean a lot. If you value freedom, relaxation and family time then holiday home ownership will benefit you.

Parklink is here to help you buy a static caravan

Now you have considered buying a static caravan pros and cons perhaps you would like to discover more and request further information. Parklink is the ‘go to’ place if you are considering buying a static caravan and we would like to help you get the information you need.

Are you interested in buying a static caravan? Check out our ‘Search properties’ section where to can view models for sale. Search by location, holiday home types, price and much more. Click HERE to view now.

Perhaps you would like to view holiday parks where you can request direct information fast? Click HERE to view a selection of Parks in the UK you can request information on owning your own holiday home.

Thank you for reading our article. We would love to hear any further pros and cons you think would be worth sharing with people. Click HERE to get in touch!

All the best from the team at Parklink

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