Make the most of half term with a staycation

With the summer holidays over and autumn just around the corner, you might be starting to think about a half term getaway. But before you start looking at breaks abroad, why not save yourself precious time and money by considering a staycation? For the uninitiated, that’s a vacation within the UK.

Britain’s rural hotspots and beach resorts have recently experienced a tourist boom.

According to VisitBritain, overnight visits in England rose by 10% in the first quarter of 2016, while domestic overnight holidays soared to 23% compared to the same period last year.

With these figures in mind we’ve pulled together some great ideas that'll help you grab precious time with the family this October half term.

Cruise the Norfolk Broads

With its lush landscape and fabulous wildlife, cruising the Norfolk Broads is a great way to spend some quality family time.

If taking charge of a boat leaves you a little anxious, relax.

The Broads don’t have any locks to challenge you and its waters are calm and peaceful.

There are plenty of stop-off points and if you're feeling really adventurous, why not head into Yarmouth for some time on the beach and promenade?

The Norfolk Broads really does offer something for all the family and is a great way to recharge those batteries.

Explore the beautiful Cornish coast

Whether you are looking for family fun on the beach, an adrenaline-packed surfing break, or want to be completely spontaneous, Cornwall has it all.

Brimming with magical coves, stunning landscapes, adventure parks, premium beaches and wonderful wildlife, the ‘Cornish Riviera’ is the perfect setting come rain or shine.

There are some fabulous places to stay, whether you are looking for a boutique hotel, humble B&B, or an affordable campsite.

Summer in the city

It doesn’t matter whether you live in London, or further afield; the capital has everything you could need for a fabulous British holiday.

From tour buses that whisk you around the many famous landmarks, to taking a white-knuckle ride down the Thames on a RIB craft, there's something to suit all ages.

If you're on a tight budget, avoid accommodations in central London as this comes at quite a premium.

Instead opt for hotels or apartments on the outskirts. The London Underground network spans the entire city, reaching out way out into the suburbs and kids under 11 travel free on London’s tubes and buses.

Set sail for the Isle of Wight

How does collecting coloured sand, or hunting for dinosaurs sound?

Or how about some swashbuckling adventures in a pirate theme park?

The Isle of Wight is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and iconic natural landmarks such as the Needles, and is just begging to be explored.

Ferries leave from Lymington and Portsmouth and the best thing is that you can take the car too.

There are also plenty of B&Bs, hotels and family apartments, so you might find a bargain if you book soon.

Glamp it up

If you like the idea of camping, but want to avoid the possibility of a soggy tent, or cows trampling over you in the night, why not consider glamping?

While glamping may not necessarily be a five-star experience, there's something to be said for sleeping under the stars with all the essential creature comforts.

Options are varied including a yurt or tipi tent in the heart of the English countryside.

These semi-permanent structures are designed to last and include comfortable beds, log stoves, fridges and many other amenities.

Some even have power which is perfect for those who can’t live without their gadgets.

Most glamping sites have plenty to do during the day to keep the kids (and you) entertained, including woodland survival courses, arts and crafts and adventure playgrounds.

Theme park adventure

If you’re looking for some adrenaline-fuelled excitement, then why not opt for a short break at one of the UK’s many theme parks?

Thorpe Park, Legoland and Alton Towers all have their own accommodation and most offer special tickets to hotel guests to help you beat the queues and crowds.

You may even be able to use the theme park for a short time before it’s opened to the general public.

Most theme parks are situated in some of the most beautiful parts of the country, so you’ll have plenty of options to explore when you want to take a break from the thrills and spills.

Don’t leave home without the right travel insurance

When you holiday within the UK, it’s easy to become complacent about travel insurance.

However problems can still occur, so it pays to be covered with the right policy. With travel insurance from MORE THAN, you’ll be protected against those unexpected mishaps.

Get a quote

We’d be delighted to help you find the right policy today, so that you can concentrate on making some wonderful family memories.

You can get a quote for yourself, your partner or the whole family, or just call us on 0330 100 7825.

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