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How to plan a family coach holiday in the UK

Family day trips by coach in the UKThe popularity of the ‘staycation’ (i.e. holidaying in the UK, rather than going abroad) has risen dramatically in the past year. This is largely due to the falling price of family holidays in the UK, as well as ongoing concerns about safety overseas. In fact, according to Visit England, 7.3 million people took a holiday in England in the first quarter of 2016 – a 10 per cent rise on the same period in 2015. These figures highlight the growing demand for affordable family holidays, which is why coach travel is a perfect option for many parents.

Here is a simple step-by-step plan that you can use to organise a coach holiday in the UK.

Decide where you want to go

The UK is full of exciting holiday destinations, but choosing one is about sitting down with your family and deciding what everyone wants from the trip. If you all fancy a traditional beach holiday, then you might choose Cornwall, Devon or a seaside town like Brighton. If it’s walking you’re after, then somewhere like the Lake District is perfect.

Pick a date that suits the whole family

If you have young children, your holiday will need to fit in around school term dates, so this helps to narrow down the options for the adults in the family. Decide on a date that works for everyone, and perhaps a back-up date to be safe, and pencil this into your diary.

Sort your accommodation

Unless you choose to go on an all-inclusive coach holiday (which means that everything is arranged for you, but that you do not have much say in the organisation), you now need to book a hotel, caravan or holiday home that suits your dates. While it is always good to be near to the activities you want to do, this doesn’t matter if you are doing excursions, as the coach will usually pick you up from your location.

Hire or book a coach

Now that you know where you want to go, and the dates you want to go there, you can set about finding a coach operator that will take you there. It is a good idea to book your coach tickets in advance (as in, not the week before!) so that you can be sure your family will all be sitting together during the journey. The coach operator should provide all the basics, such as toilets and air conditioning, but you could also look into whether they offer onboard entertainment to keep the kids happy.

Choose your excursions

Finally, you can sit down with your family and plan which excursions you’d like to do! If you cannot decide on places to see, you can always ask the coach operator about the excursions that are available.

To find out more about coach holidays in the UK, contact us at Mayday Travel today.