23 Reasons To Holiday In The UK This Year
With all of the recent disruptions with flights to Europe, many people are wondering if it’s worth booking a holiday there this summer.
The UK is often overlooked as a travel destination, but there are actually plenty of reasons to visit!
Here are 23 reasons why you should consider spending your summer vacation in the United Kingdom:
1. It’s Cheaper Than Going Abroad
Ok, let's start with the obvious one. The pound has been struggling against the euro for a while now, which means that your money doesn't go as far when you travel abroad.
A holiday in the UK will be much easier on your wallet – especially if you take advantage of some of the amazing deals on offer from UK-based tour operators.
If you have the choice of booking a B&B, going camping or renting a holiday home in the UK or splurging on a hotel room abroad, the decision is easy!
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2. The Weather is Perfect for Camping
The United Kingdom actually has some of the best weather in Europe – especially during the summer months.
While it's true that you can get the occasional downpour, the average temperature in July and August is a balmy 21 degrees Celsius. Not too hot, not too cold – perfect camping weather!
Oftentimes we read the news or listen to the media regarding how bad our weather is. However, historically with an average of 21 degrees Celsius in the summer, we can't really complain!
3. The Beaches are Stunning
While the UK might not have as many beaches as somewhere like Spain, the ones we do have are absolutely beautiful.
There are plenty of secluded coves and sheltered bays to explore, as well as long stretches of golden sand where you can enjoy all your favourite beach activities.
4. There's So Much History
Whether you're interested in ancient history or more modern times, there's something for everyone in the UK.
From Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall to Warwick Castle and the Tower of London, there are countless historical sites to explore. And with so much history comes an abundance of fascinating museums.
5. The Food and drink are delicious
If you're a foodie, then you'll love the UK! We may not have the best reputation when it comes to cuisine, but there are actually some amazing dishes to be found if you know where to look.
From traditional English breakfasts and fish and chips to Indian curries and Welsh cakes, there's something for everyone. And of course, let's not forget afternoon tea – a true British institution!
The Brits are renowned for their ale, and there are some excellent breweries dotted around the country.
If you're a fan of beer, then make sure you check out some of the local pubs during your stay.
6. The Scenery is breathtaking
Whether you're exploring the rolling hills of the Lake District or admiring the rugged coastline of Cornwall, the scenery in the UK is truly breathtaking.
There are so many different landscapes to discover, from charming countryside villages to bustling city streets. And with over 15 national parks, you'll never be short of things to see!
7. No Stress With Airport Travel
Let's face it. We love travelling and flying, but we absolutely hate going to the airport.
It's so stressful and you have to sit and wait for hours (that's if your flight isn't delayed that is).
8. You Can Take Your Pets
The Brits are a nation of pet lovers, so it's no surprise that most hotels and accommodation options are pet-friendly.
So if you can't bear to leave your furry friend at home, don't worry – you can take them with you on holiday!
9. The People are Friendly
The British people have a reputation for being reserved, but once you get to know us, you'll realise that we're actually a very friendly bunch!
We love chatting to tourists and hearing about their experiences, so don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with the locals.
Let's be honest. The further north you go, the friendlier the people are!
10. It's Easy to Get Around
Getting around the UK is easy, whether you're travelling by train, bus or car. And with so many different transport options available, you can tailor your journey to suit your needs and budget.
If you're planning on doing a lot of travelling, then it might be worth investing in a rail pass – this will give you unlimited travel on all trains within a certain period of time, and can often work out cheaper than buying individual tickets.
11. No Luggage Allowance
When you book a flight to go abroad, you also need to think about the luggage allowance. With most airlines, you're limited to one or two suitcases, and if you go over the limit, you'll be charged extra.
This is not the case when travelling within the UK! There are no weight or size restrictions on bags, so you can pack everything you need without having to worry about fees.
12. No Language Barrier
One of the great things about holidaying in the UK is that there's no language barrier. As English is our first language, there's no need to worry about communicating with locals – they'll be able to understand you perfectly!
13. You can still get your creature comforts
We all love going abroad, but we miss our home comforts too. Luckily, you can still get all your favourite things when holidaying in the UK!
You can even pack your favourite tea bags to take with you, so you can enjoy a cup of English Breakfast wherever you are in the country.
14. No Need To Leave Out So Early
When you're holidaying abroad, you have to leave your house at the crack of dawn to catch your flight. But when you're travelling within the UK, there's no need to set your alarm for 5 am!
15. See World Heritage Sites
There are not many places in the world where you can see Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall and the Giant's Causeway all in one country.
The UK is home to some of the most impressive World Heritage Sites, so make sure you add them to your list of things to see.
16. Learn More About The Uk’s Culture
When was the last time you went to a museum or watched a play? If you can't remember, then it's time to immerse yourself in the UK's culture!
There are so many different museums and art galleries to visit, as well as historic buildings and landmarks. And if you want to learn more about the country's history, there are plenty of guided tours available.
17. There Are Events All Year Round
Most Mediterranean countries only cater to tourists during the summer months, but in the UK, there's always something going on!
Whether you're looking for a music festival, a food fair or a country show, you'll find it here. And with events taking place all over the country, you're sure to find something that interests you.
18. Great Transport Links
Compared to some other nations in the world, the UK has a world-class transportation system.
With a dense network of roads, railways and airports, it's easy to get around – even if you're travelling from one end of the country to the other.
Plus, with so many different transport options available, you can tailor your journey to suit your needs and budget.
19. You Don't Need A Visa
Now that we are no longer in Europe, you might need to apply for a VISA if you want to holiday in some countries in Europe. But thankfully, you don't need a VISA to travel within the UK!
This means that you can come and go as you please, without having to worry about applying for a VISA in advance.
Related: Do You Need A Visa to Travel to Europe
20. Ideal For A Short Break
Whether you want a short or a long break, the UK is the perfect destination.
There are plenty of places to visit, and with so many different things to see and do, you'll never be bored.
And if you're looking for a last-minute getaway, there are plenty of deals to be found.
21. Amazing Places To Walk
If you're a fan of walking, then you'll love holidaying in the UK!
There are so many different routes to explore, and with stunning scenery, it's the perfect way to get away from it all.
Plus, as the UK is such a small country, you can easily walk from one end of the country to the other – something that would be impossible in most other countries ;)
22. Quirky Pubs And Restaurants
If you like your food and drink, then you'll love the UK's quirky pubs and restaurants!
From traditional English pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants, there's something to suit all taste buds.
And if you're looking for somewhere to stay, there are plenty of quaint B&Bs and country cottages to choose from.
23. You Can Visit Family On The Way
Lastly, you can kill two birds with one stone by visiting family on the way!
If you're planning a road trip around the UK, then you can easily drop in on your grandparents or cousins as you go. And if you're taking the train or flying, then it's just as easy to visit them for a day or two.
So there you have it – 23 reasons to holiday in the UK this year! Whether you're looking for a short break or a longer vacation, the UK has something to offer everyone. So what are you waiting for?
Start planning your trip today!