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Are The Airports Really Worth It?

As the UK enjoys another week of sunshine and children run from the school gates with a “summer holidays are here” smile, airports are bracing themselves for an additional 100,000 departures. Suitcases and hand luggage are being carefully packed so as to not exceed limiting restrictions offered by some of the European budget airlines, and there is of course that ever present fear of summer delays caused by rerouted air traffic, local strikes and of course overcapacity. In fact, it would be true to say that European travel, especially through holiday periods, can be incredibly stressful, not to mention expensive. 

So, what of the “staycation”, is this not a better option? Even with our motorways and roadworks, surely traveling to a UK destination is easier? There's none of that relentless airport parking and cueing, €4 charges for soft drinks on board the plane, and you would be spared that poe faced official at customs routing through your undies on the search for contraband.

But why do we still submit ourselves to this torture? Is it for the golden Spanish beaches, or the rich red sunsets over a calm Mediterranean sea? Or is it so we can experience a new culture or breath a cleaner air? And don't lean forward in anticipation of the answer, because I'm afraid I don't have it. 



In fact, I am often perplexed as to why we still head in such numbers to Europe during July and August. The weather is often the same in the UK, if not better than parts of Europe during these months. And where food and drink used to be cheaper in even the more popular destinations, my experience over the last few years is that charges often sky rocket during the holiday period, often exceed ing our prices (which is saying something). For example, I was charged €5 (approx £3.90 as I wrote this) for a bottle of Budweiser in bar in Malaga last year, and even more in Marbella. 

So, maybe it's the adventure, maybe it's the change of environment after being in a claustrophobic London office for the year. I know from many of my friends that it's just a case of being able to say that they went somewhere new, even though many of them spent their time in a bar drinking. 

So, what do we have in the UK that will give you that feeling of having travelled, or have experienced something different and at a reasonable price, or at least gives you value for your hard earned pounds and pence? 

Well, the truth of the matter is that with a simple Google session, you can find holidays in the UK that do offer something different. There is boating, farm cottages and barns, adventure holidays, beautiful hotels and of course camping and caravans…. I know, I know, but don't dismiss the caravan so quickly, they have come a long way in the last few years and can be a fun and convenient holiday, especially for kids. 

So, before you trawl t'internet looking a packed hotel with a pool that is so packed with bodies it resembles a people soup, try looking a little closer to home, the holiday gems of the UK are there to be discovered.