With the hottest British summer recorded in seven years, why leave the country for your summer holiday? There's never been a better time to take your holiday in the UK.
Long queues and frequent delays, with rising air fares and unaccounted for taxes, fretting over lost luggage, confused by foreign currency, worrying about looking after passports, travel documents and flight reservations; a family holiday abroad can often feel like hard work rather than the relaxing break it should be.
Whilst many of us were busy booking last minute deals to unheard-of shabby resorts, a revolution was quietly unfolding in the quality of holidays at home.
Say goodbye to string vests, napkins on heads and the dilapidated seafronts of our childhoods!
Britons all over the country have enjoyed spectacular weather this summer; sunglasses, shorts, t shirts and ice cream cones all have made a triumphant comeback from the brink of extinction.
Whilst the incredible weather is undoubtedly lifting spirits up and down the country, the economy is telling us a different story. Despite officially being out of recession and the early signs of recovery beginning to show, most of us are still feeling the pinch of restricted budgets and less spending power.
It seems these two factors are coming together to send us a message – take a holiday in the UK, enjoy the weather, save money and help the local economy.
Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway for two, or an activity-packed family holiday, renting a lodge is the perfect solution for your holiday.
Beautifully decked out in oak and other classic woods, these holiday homes set a new standard in comfort with all the mod cons; bathroom, fitted kitchens and living room with TV, media centres and for the digital generation, WI-FI is available in select locations.
Holiday lodges are available across the country however nowhere seems to have such strikingly beautiful or unique countryside as Dorset. It's truly a nature lover’s paradise; home to innumerable plant and animal species with some of the richest habitats in the UK.
Just outside Weymouth you’ll find Osmington lodges nestled among the trees and fields, offering accommodation to suit all requirements. It is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday and an ideal base to explore Dorset further.
Designated as an “area of natural beauty,” the Dorset countryside is home to rolling chalk hills (with a famous naked Giant no less), charming woodlands and water meadows. It’s little wonder that Dorset’s countryside inspired such famous writers as Thomas Hardy, Enid Blyton and Jane Austen.
Dorset is also home to the world renowned Jurassic Coast. This coastline provides a history lesson like no other; the 95 mile walk takes you through 180 million years of geological history spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in an internationally recognised world heritage site so be sure to pack an extra memory card for your camera.
If you are looking to travel a little through the amazing scenery, Dorset also welcomes cyclists, with a wealth of routes for them to choose from, encompassing country lanes, seaside towns and even off road routes for a more adventurous trail.
There are plenty of activities on offer for the young ones as well. The Weymouth Outdoor Education and the Carey outdoor Centres offer a plethora of activities on land and sea. Go sailing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Rock Climbing, scrambling and abseiling as well as camping and residential activities, ensuring more excitement for your children than even their video games can offer.
Dorset really is a national treasure with its idyllic charm and wealth of activities so don’t you agree that a holiday at home is just as good if not better than going abroad? Pour yourself a relaxing glass of wine on the veranda of your holiday lodge that looks out across perfect English countryside and find out for yourself.
Are you going to give your passport a holiday this summer and take a UK holiday? Tell us in the comments below about your discoveries or what local hotspots you would recommend to tourists in your area.
Article by Robert Dickson, a UK stay-cation enthusiast.
Image by Chris Parker
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