The volcanic ash clouds may have receded but the gloom continues for international air travel according to the latest reports from the Office for National Statistics. With numbers down across the board since the same period last year and down for the fourth year in a row, any post recession bounce back seems to have lost much of its bounce. People are increasingly looking closer to home for their well earned breaks and family holidays and with the great deals available on everything from city hotels and country tours to caravan and cottage holidays there has never been a better time to rediscover the UK.
Value for money is more important than ever when planning a break. With recent ABTA research showing UK families paying up to 30% more flight tax for long haul flights than European counterparts, leaving on a jet plane is less of a romantic notion than a drain on resources. Ever increasing fuel costs have a local effect too of course, but the great thing about getting out and about in the UK is that the best of the country is never too far away. Head for the hills or set a course for the city and either way make the most of the special offers and package deals currently available on accommodation.
Perhaps with spring upon us and Easter encroaching, it is time to blow away the last remnants of winter with a family break in the countryside. This week’s offers in holiday and caravan parks provide a cost effective way to do just that and to enjoy some fun activities into the bargain. It is a great time too, to take in the sea air with a seaside break, or simply just to enjoy the views courtesy of the terrific deals available on coach tours.