With more and more people choosing to holiday in the UK these days, choosing a hotel for a family break or holiday can be quite a task. See the reasons why people are staying at home and how you can choose that perfect hotel.
Even though it is true to say that millions of us leave the U.K each year in search of sun, sea and sangria; there is still a huge proportion of people who choose to holiday closer to home and stay in the U.K.
This could be to do with increased awareness over recent years of the effects that global warming is already having on our world. We all hear and see the media coverage encouraging us to 'do our bit' to reduce our carbon footprint. I remember hearing about a 'green' airline company who offered a service whereby a sapling tree would be planted for each ticket bought, thus easing the person's conscience of frequent air travel by giving something back to the environment. To me, this demonstrates just how much people are prepared to do to help preserve Mother Earth.
Or maybe the reason many people decide to holiday in the U.K is actually much simpler than that. Could it be that many of us realise that there is so much to see and do here that there is simply no need to go travelling further afield?
So if you decide that you too want to spend your next holiday in the U.K, how do you choose where to stay and what to do? This of course depends on what type of holiday you and your family are looking for. Will it be an all action packed adventure or a more sedate rest and relaxation holiday? Whatever your preference, there will be a multitude of possibilities to choose from. My advice is to do plenty of research first before you decide upon your final destination. You could organise a pre-holiday evening with your family where each of you get chance to say what you would like to do and also give suggestions of destinations. Let's face it everyone gets excited about taking a holiday, young and old alike. Armed with everyone's suggestions, the main holiday planner can then get to work on hunting down the right destination and accommodation.
I find the internet is by far the best resource for finding suitable holidays in any chosen destination. From the comfort of your own home, and at the touch of your fingertips you can search through endless possibilities. Although all the major search engines will turn up fairly good results from searches such as 'Hotels in Cornwall', I find that by using directories such as Hotelshopuk.com you get much better results. This is because the directories give the user the chance to be pretty specific, and fine tune their requirements such as cost, number of rooms etc, before coming back with a list of possibilities. For me using directories like this one saves a lot of time (which could be better spent deciding what new clothes to buy for your holiday).
Once you have a shortlist, you can then start to check out the accommodation in more detail by clicking on the links to the individual websites. This is when you need to check that your hotel (or other accommodation) has all the facilities that you know you and your family will require. For example, if you have a young family you will need to choose a child friendly hotel which will cater for your little nippers every need, and may even offer a babysitting service to give Mum and Dad a well deserved rest. Alternatively if your family consists of more senior or less able-bodied members, then you will then have another set of requirements to consider such as wheelchair access, lifts and so on.
One of the benefits of using a hotel directory like Hotelshopuk.com is that you can browse, check availability, and book directly online. You also have the added assurance of quality, as these directories use mystery shoppers to ensure the standards of the Hotels listed in them are high. Well, I hope you find this advice helpful when you are looking at booking your next U.K holiday. Unfortunately though, I can not help with the weather!
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Choosing a hotel for a family break or holiday can be quite difficult, but never fear help is on hand in the shape of the Hotelshop. So whether it is for Christmas or for next spring or summer, let them help you choose the perfect hotel in the UK. http://www.hotelshopuk.com. And remember for that last minute hotel break, Hotelshop should be one to consider
Written by : Graham JR Baylis