Staycation vs. Vacation | Great British Debate | Allens Caravans
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Holidays have become a big part of 21st century life, both as an industry and as something people consider to be a necessity, if not a priority. Of course, holidays come in all shapes and sizes – from spa weekends and fishing retreats to weeks away at the British seaside and fortnights exploring exotic lands.

The humble world of camping and caravanning has been a favourite amongst British holidaymakers for decades; however, developments in technology and transport between the 1980s and early 2000s made world travel much easier, and as such, many people opted for jet set jaunts instead of staying closer to home for a holiday.

In recent years, the tides have started turning back in favour of the traditional caravan holiday. In part, this is due to a widespread nostalgia for simpler times and all things quintessentially British, but it is also clear that the state of the economy (among other factors) has played its part in the resurgence of staycation holidays in the UK.

Why Stay in the UK?

Great British holidays more freedom and flexibility than your average package holiday abroad. You can eat where you want, go out on day trips suited to your personal tastes or simply laze around in the comfort of your home away from home. If you own your own a holiday home, you even have flexibility in terms of when you stay and how long you stay for, be it a weekend, a week or longer. Click here to view the UK’s most stunning caravan holiday home locations!

Cheap and Cheerful

Compared to lavish and typically overpriced holidays abroad every summer, booking a long weekend staycation can help save money in a variety of ways. Aside from the obvious reduced travel costs, staying in the UK means that you can also enjoy more cost-effective accommodation, especially if you’re booking a place on a caravan park.

Can you really save that much money by choosing a UK staycation caravan holiday in Worcestershire over an all-inclusive break in the West Indies? The average British holidaymaker spent approximately £947 on their travels abroad in 2018. Compare this to the average £400-500 cost of seven nights in a caravan and you can see the difference. You can enjoy a caravan holiday for half the price of an average holiday abroad.

Normally, caravan parks come at a relatively low cost depending on the site and pitch, so it may be worth looking into a caravan holiday for you and the kids if money is tight.

Indoor and Outdoor Facilities

Now, we all know that mother nature doesn’t treat us well when it comes to weather in the UK; one minute it might be hot and sunny and the next pouring with rain and sleet. However, the great thing about UK caravan holidays is that many of them prepare for the bad weather with indoor amenities already in place. In the case that the weather brightens up in the summer months, a lot of sites accompany the warm, sunny weather by also having outdoor facilities ready for residents. Whether you set up camp in your own personal garden or sit poolside at any of our outdoor heated swimming pools, you will always be in the best place to enjoy the sunshine.

At all of our holiday parks, you will find on-site facilities with everything that you could need. Shops, cafés, restaurants and other essentials are all catered for. All you need to do is arrive and make yourself at home.

All of our caravans are equipped with everyday essentials such as a cooker in case you don’t want to take advantage of our restaurants. We understand different people have different idea sof what relaxation is, so feel free to enjoy your time at our caravan holiday parks whichever way you please.

Local Amenities

While most caravan parks try to cater for all, sometimes you just want a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery, which is why the majority of Allen’s Caravan’s parks are located just a short journey away from a local town or village. Some parks listed on our site are also near a beach so you can take a lovely stroll on the golden sands.

Alternatively, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the park or a local town, try using a website like Trip Advisor or Day Out With The Kids so you can check out local attractions and points of interest close to our parks.

Festivals are big business in the summertime, with plenty of different choices available to suit every age, taste and genre. There are big festivals like Glastonbury for the hardcore festival-goers, the Proms for those who prefer a gentler sort of festival and lots of heritage, music and arts festivals on a local level. So whilst you are enjoying your caravan holiday with Allens in Stratford-Upon-Avon, why not check out a local Shakespeare festival? Or maybe there is a heritage festival you can attend in one of Worcestershire’s historic towns?

Whatever the festival, try and experience a few on your holiday. This might mean splitting your time and visiting a craft fair in the morning and a cider festival in the afternoon, but either way you get to experience and embrace the fun new atmosphere holidays are all about.

Close to Home

It’s always reassuring knowing that your home is only a drive away, and for some, it can make the difference between a great or awful holiday – especially if they get homesick. If anything does go wrong, you will be safe in the knowledge that you’re not too far from home and you have full access to the park’s friendly staff and their services.

You can also avoid the stress and hassle associated with trips abroad because there is no need to pack your life into a luggage limit, queue for hours at hot sweaty airports, figure out currency conversions and how to ask “where is the toilet?” in a foreign language.

Holiday Homes in the UK

It’s common for retirees to look for a holiday home in the sun to retreat to. Common destinations include Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, and for good reason. The weather is good, the pace of life is slow and there’s a lot of culture to take in, but the same can also be said about the UK.

Holiday homes in the UK are often cheaper, and they comprise all the amenities you’d expect at home. They’re quite literally homes away from home, especially at Allens Caravans.

Comfort

We understand that, as an avid caravanner, comfort is of the utmost importance, especially during longer trips. That is why we ensure our holiday homes are furnished to an excellent standard, to ensure you and your family are fully provided for during your stay at one of our parks. Yes, we can safely say that our holiday homes are designed to be a home from home and a welcome feature throughout the seasons.

Elegance

As well as being fully furnished, the design of our holiday homes can be described as elegant, without being garish or over the top. At Allens Caravans, we offer luxury in its simplest form. This means you won’t feel overwhelmed with gaudy patterns, but instead find comfort in deluxe designs. This will help you to settle in and enjoy your stay while feeling both comfortable and satisfied.

Service

In our parks, we have staff available for queries all year round. This can help to put your mind at ease as you can rest assured that help is always available, as and when you need it. Our teams are friendly, polite and helpful, as well as in the full understanding of the values and service we offer.

Nature

One big feature of most of our parks is their nature-inspired surroundings. Ideal for nature walks or simply admiration from your holiday home window, the nature that encases our parks is without equal. Not only can you spot various wildlife during your stay at The Springs, but you can also embark on a short journey into the mountains at Sunbeach Holiday Park. Whatever your tastes when it comes to nature, one of our parks will have exactly what you’re looking for.

Community

Last, but certainly not least, we have the holiday home park community. Often friendly and upbeat, the community that is found in our holiday home parks can be the icing on the cake for many who choose to visit our parks on a regular basis. You will have the chance to get to know your neighbours during your visits, and you may even decide to plan a caravan holiday together!

A Final Word

Caravanning has always been a popular holiday option in the UK but with the current economic situation and the ever-increasing price of world travel, caravan holidays are set to become even more popular. At present, there are more than a million caravan holidays taken each year in the UK, but that number will likely rise in all demographics because people are more focused on the quality of life and good value than they are racking up debts for a quick trip abroad.

Holiday home ownership is also on the rise as people are becoming more aware of how they spend their money. Based on the average prices of caravan holidays and holidays abroad, combined with the national UK average of two holidays a year, buying your own holiday home is a cost-effective and flexible option. When you own your own holiday home, you can escape any time you want, as many times as you want to a location you’ve chosen because of its appeal and the activities it offers. What’s more, is that you get this for a manageable and expected price which will prove worthwhile in the long run.

So if you want to invest in a holiday home of your own or simply enjoy a two-week break at one of the UK’s hotspots, get in touch with Allens Caravans today!

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