When planning a winter holiday there are some important things to consider. You may want to flee abroad for sunny weather, find remote locations away from crowds and Wi-Fi, or choose picturesque villages for winter escapes. Here are just some top tips to help you plan for a pre-Christmas break.
Choosing a location can be the hardest part of planning a pre-Christmas break. You need to think about local amenities, things to do each day and, not to mention, how to get there. But, you don’t need to travel overseas to discover somewhere new and exciting. Leave the luggage restrictions at home, fill your car with the family and head across country to quaint destinations in the UK. In fact, a growing number of Brits prefer the ‘staycation’ to travelling abroad.
Whether you prefer to go abroad or stay in the UK choosing accommodation is the most important thing to organise, but, this doesn't mean it needs to be stressful. There are plenty of great options out there, you just need to find them. Booking online couldn’t be easier with companies such as Classic Cottages doing all the hard word for you. They've compiled the very best cottages in charming locations around the UK, where you can even wake up to sea views in the beautiful town of St Ives.
Location picked and accommodation booked all you need to plan now is a few things to see and do. Websites such as Trip Advisor can be a great tool to seek out the best places to eat and drink as well as great things to do in the local area. It may be worth checking out the local council’s website for up to date news on events. If you’re lucky, you may come across a Christmas market or catch a pantomime viewing.
Packing things for rainy days may not be something you’d have hoped for, but with the blustering, unpredictable British weather, you can never be too prepared. Board games are becoming fashionable again and will keep you and your family entertained for hours. Alternatively, pack a games console, watch a DVD or get crafty with an art kit. Bring with you whatever keeps you busy if you don’t fancy a stroll in a downpour.
It’s all well and good planning for the perfect December break, but as we all know the 25th doesn’t come without a little organisation. No one wants to return to festive mayhem after a relaxing holiday, so aim to get as much done before you travel as possible. That means all your gifts wrapped, the tree decorated, the Christmas menu noted (or bought if you’re extra organised), and the Christmas clean up all completed before you leave. Doing all this will give you more time for a long, stress-free December spent with the family.