Family get togethers over the festive holidays

Christmas is creeping upon us fast and with Covid restrictions looking likely to be lifted slightly for a few days, many families are looking forward to being able to spend some quality time together. It may be that you have decided you want to go away for a few days or perhaps you would rather spend the day with friends. Christmas has always been a time to spend with family and friends but this year feels very different and like no other.

IF you are worried about choosing between people to see due to the household limits then you may actually decide it is better not to see anyone. This may be nice if you have children of your own or if you have a partner to spend the special day with but if you live on your own this can be very lonely.

A Christmas mini break in the UK may be the idea option for those who want to spend it on their own but not just sat in their house. There are some great deals on mini breaks but be sure to check which tier the place is in before you book as after the relaxation of the restrictions has expired we will go back to the tier system again.

Could you still get away this Christmas?

Many people are dying to get away, it may not even be that you want to go abroad just that you fancy a change of scenery. At the moment, when England is set to come out of lockdown many of us should be able to go and stay away overnight (depending on what tier you are in) but as the rules are changing almost daily it may not be wise to book anything yet unless you can cancel with no fees to pay.

Places such as Butlins are hoping to welcome people back from early December but it is likely tp be a very different experience to what you may have been used to if you have been before.

Why not just book a few days down by the cost where you can go for walks along the beach and curl up and watch a film in the evening? It may be that Scotland and Wales have different rules to the rest of England and therefore you may not be able to visit these countries even if you are allowed to travel.

If you cannot get away this year, then why not start to plan for next year. Although no one knows exactly what the situation will be there is no harm in planning.

Caravan holiday besides the sea

So many of us have missed out on at least one holiday this year and with winter well on the way, it seems that summer has been and gone all too soon.

Although many camp sites have now opened back up, some are operating limited facilities and may even request that you can only stay if you have your own facilities (such as a toilet / shower).

A family break in a caravan can be a great get away for all and is often a little more luxurious than staying in a tent.  A caravan can be a home away from home and is often more practical than staying in a hotel, especially if you have young children. Although the cold weather is on its way, you may still be able to get away during the half term week for a last-minute change of scenery.

Sometimes just a different location is enough to allow you to recharge your batteries even if you are limited as to what you can do when you are there.

If you decide to book a caravan privately then be sure you pay for it in a way which offers you some protection should you find that you have fallen victim to a scam.

Adventures in Wales in your caravan

Wales is often seen as a place for day visits to the coast but there is a vast array of wonderful caravan sites to choose from in Wales ranging from small, quiet sites to larger sites with swimming pools and clubhouses offering live entertainment. Caravanning continues to be a popular way of holidaying both in the UK and if you live in the Midlands it is an easy holiday destination to tow your caravan to.

Planning your route is essential when towing your caravan in Wales because most satellite navigation systems are designed for cars not for cars towing a caravan and you can find yourself driving along single-track lanes with no passing places hoping that nothing comes the other way.

A specific sat nav that is for caravans and lorries is a wise investment and can be purchased as a phone app.

If it is possible, it is a great idea to tour around Wales during your holiday because North Wales is quite different from South Wales and each area has its own features and attractions. If you like walking and climbing, then the rugged northern peaks are amazing, but the golden sandy beaches of the south are ideal for those enjoying a more relaxing break away.

Caravan holidays can be perfect for families

If you are looking to book a holiday but don’t fancy the idea of staying in a tent but want it to be more homely than a hotel then you may decide to opt for a caravanning holiday.

A caravan holiday can be that ideal compromise between a hotel and a tent holiday. It gives you a closer feeling of camping and enjoying the outdoors than staying in a hotel would but with the added luxuries you often miss when in a tent. IF you decide that you want to go way in a caravan often, you may even choose to buy one and tow it with you. This gives you the freedom of going where and when you like and once you have covered the initial outlay for the caravan, site fees can be relatively cheap.  

If you would rather just go to a caravan that is already set up then you may choose a static caravan. Static caravans tend to be a lot more spacious and have mains water and electricity whereas a touring caravan will need to be located in the right place to allow hook ups. Lots of static caravans have some outside space such as decking to allow you to have a bbq or just sit out with a glass of wine in the evening.