To begin, let’s look at industry facts on booking bargain short breaks in January
- January is the most popular month overall for getting the best cheap short break deals and offers
- Setting the tone for bookings for the rest of the year
- Gaining a foothold on marketshare
- Holidays continue to be booked during recessions
As short break providers around the UK gear up to the new year, competition is fierce to get money in the bank and to obtain marketshare. So what better time for the consumer to really drive for a bargain cheap short break?
Most short break providers see January as a pivotal month to get ahead on their targets for the year. With 2009 guaranteed to make or break companies including short break holiday companies, there has not been a better time to grab yourself that bargain.
Your bargaining tool is that with the cost of short breaks at very competitive prices booking in January for 2009 is going to save you hundreds of pounds! We are indeed in a recession as this is written but for the consumer this does not constitute to reducing your holiday time.
Studies have shown holidays are one of the key ‘luxuries’ consumers still afford themselves in a recession. Short breaks in the UK are the ideal investment in yourself when you look at the facts:
The Euro (the European currency) is, at time of writing, almost identical in value to the British Pound. This means if a meal in Europe costs 30 Euros, this translates to a cost of 30 British Pounds.
The problem? A year ago during my trip to Italy, had I paid 30 Euros for a meal, the equivilant cost back home would have been 20 British Pounds! That’s a staggering 50% increase in the cost of eating out in Europe!
With this in mind, more and more consumers are choosing to stay ‘at home’ to book their short breaks or longer holidays with British operators. No matter what you’re after, you’re guarenteed to find a suitable holiday or short break in the UK.
The insider tip is to grab a bargain short break or holiday break in the UK this January and make some great savings too.
Quality, cheap short break and holiday providers in the UK
This is a quick short-list of quality, cheap short break providers in the UK (by no means exhaustive but over time the list should become more extensive):
Bluestone is a place where people can go for a few days all year round to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you’re an adventurer, a gentle explorer or you simply want to relax and unwind, Bluestone is re-defining short break holidays in the UK. Created within two woodland vales, in 500 acres of glorious Pembrokeshire countryside, Bluestone comprises of 186 lodges set around a traditional Celtic village. This pretty village offers 30 cottages and 17 studio apartments, along with a range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
Butlins has loads of activities to keep the kids happy whatever their age and you’ll have just as much fun too. With a huge line-up of activities whatever the weather, you’ll have something new to do every time you visit!
There are over 50 FREE activities included on every break to make sure everyone is entertained all day and during the evenings you’ll be spoilt for choice with fantastic comedy shows, music and dancing – just sit back and enjoy.
Corus Hotels is an individual and stylish mid-market hotel group, with hotels in key locations across the UK. They have an inspiring range of hotels from country houses and coaching inns to city centre accommodation, Corus Hotels offer a warm welcome all year round. Corus Hotels suit every need from weekend breaks to business meetings. Their properties are full of character, retaining their own unique local point of view without the predictable approach of most hotel groups. They are determined to keep a small company attitude when it comes to personal service, individuality, variety and a commitment to getting the simple things right…every time.
City and Show
With a focus on the very best prices and immediate confirmation, cityandshow.com (based in the UK) specialises in UK hotel accommodation and attraction tickets. They only advertise rooms that are instantly available via their user friendly online booking facility. A key concept of their is “The price you see is the price you pay”, all quoted prices include all taxes, service charges and they don’t charge a credit card fee. Specialising in 3 star and above the hotels are handpicked to be in good locations and offer a good stand of accommodation.
For those who want to enjoy a weekend of fun, learn a new skill, indulge a hobby, or just relax Fresh Weekends have scoured the UK and Europe to put together short break packages to suit every taste.
Haven Holidays owns and operates a choice of 36 award-winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales – close to some of Britain’s most beautiful beaches and brightest resorts.
Established in 1999, hotelshop UK is a privately owned company (based in Droitwich, Worcestershire) specialising in booking 2-5 star hotel accommodation and short breaks throughout the UK for both the leisure and corporate traveller. We specialise in finding last minute breaks, even up to the day of departure!
HostelBookers prides itself on being the only independent hostel booking site that has NO BOOKING FEES!
With youth hostels and cheap accommodation in over 2,500 destinations worldwide, our aim is to be the number one site for student travel, backpackers and for the general traveller.
With over 40 hotels and resorts across the UK, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts – currently AA Hotel Group of the Year 2007/08 – leads the way in offering luxury accommodation; sumptuous food and drink and top quality service
Park Holidays UK operate a great choice of caravan holiday parks in coastal locations across the south of England in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Essex and Suffolk.
The three key areas of business are holiday hire (caravans/chalets), holiday home ownership (caravans and lodges) and touring and camping pitch hire. Our holiday parks have a fantastic mix of great facilities and entertainment for the whole family and are conveniently located close to popular attractions for fun days out – visitors are never short of something to do!
Looking for a great family holiday with something for everyone, in a safe and secure environment? A break at one of Park Resorts 37 coastal UK Holiday Parks promises just that!
You can enjoy the freedom of comfortable self catering accommodation in some of your favourite coastal holiday hotspots including the North East, Kent and Sussex, Essex, East Anglia and Lincolnshire and many more! Make the most of the great facilities on Park, and explore the local area.
Saga Holidays has been organising quality breaks and holidays or over 50 years. Saga offers a wide choice of holidays, styles, themes and destinations for people mature travellers. You will find information on package holidays, hotel & flight bookings, care hire and much more.
Warner Leisure Hotels
Warner Leisure Hotels offer inclusive half-board UK short breaks at stunning locations, with a wide range of activities, good food and live entertainment every night. The price of a break includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner everyday, a variety of leisure activities and nightly live entertainment.