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How to Make the Most of a Self-Catering Holiday

You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy a good holiday. My Dad always used to say, ‘If you haven’t seen what your own country has to offer, why explore another country first?’. There are some wonderful hidden gems in the UK, and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as trip abroad. The only downside to travelling in the UK is that you often have to go self-catering. However, that doesn’t mean the holiday can’t be enjoyed. Here are some tips for making the most of a self-catering holiday in the UK.

It’s very rare that the board games come out when you’re sat at home and have the option of TV, tablets and smartphones. But, some of the old games are so much better than what you can get on a tablet. Sit the family around a table and get a deck of cards out. It’s cheap, it’s fun and the kids will love it. There’s also tried and tested family games like Monopoly, Guess Who and Operation. It doesn’t take up much space to pop a game in the suitcase and it’s perfect for family bonding.


Just because you’re on a self-catering holiday, it doesn’t mean you’ll be cooking around the clock. In fact, most people who go on a holiday in the UK are out and about exploring for the majority of the day, so a picnic is the perfect option. You’re sure to have a convenience store nearby where you can pick up supplies for sandwiches and grab a few drinks and snacks. You can also take some disposable plates and cutlery if you need them so you don’t have anything to carry around with you once you’re finished eating.

Pack for the Weather
The weather can be a little unpredictable in the UK. You may need a bikini one day and a rain coat the next, so it’s important to pack for any eventuality. If you’re visiting a beachside area, remember to take beach towels and swimming costumes. If you’re going somewhere like the Lake District where you may do lots of walking, you’ll need some suitable walking shoes. There’s no need to pack your entire house, but try and be sensible about what you take.

Know the Area
The point of going on an adventure in the UK is to bring back memories you’ll have for a lifetime. Do your research into the area that you’re staying in. Is there a zoo? Do the locals put on a ghost hunt for the tourists? Making the most of any holiday is about doing and seeing as much as you can. If you’re staying at a boutique hotel, the staff will be able to advise you on what’s going on in the area while you’re there.


Plan a Surprise
If you’re going away and it’s your partner’s birthday, why not ask the owners of the accommodation that you’re staying in to put some champagne on ice for your arrival. Some cottages come with hot tubs and some hotels allow guests to take advantage of leisure facilities. Spoil yourselves!

Stay Gorgeous

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