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Winter is a brilliant time to get away and enjoy everything the season has to offer. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed city break or want to relax in the middle of nowhere in a hot tub, there’s something for everyone. To make planning your trip easier, I’ve pulled together the top things to consider when embarking on a winter staycation in the UK.
Don’t let the winter weather deter you, there’s still plenty of fun things to do in the outdoors. Before you travel, why not research local nature reserves or walks suitable for the cooler weather; these can be great ways to spend a peaceful afternoon in the outdoors. Alternatively, for a more action-packed outdoor getaway see if there are any bike trails or ski slopes to take to!
One of the best parts of winter is cosying up by the fire indoors, so when you’re looking to choose your holiday accommodation, why not consider a homely holiday cottage. They often have amazing living spaces with areas to cosy up and plenty of space to play board games.
Plus, we all know that a dog is part of the family so for those looking to travel with their pet over the winter period, dog friendly holiday cottages from Lyme Bay Holidays could be just the place to stay to keep the whole family together.
Don’t be that person who leaves all their festive shopping until Christmas eve! A winter break could be the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping done. If you’ve planned a city break, you’ll have all the high street stores on your doorstep, but for those venturing to a rural area, this can be a perfect time to get some unique presents from independent stores.
Winter activities vary greatly from summer, and as such can be a perfect time to try your hand at a new hobby. Why not take part in some arts and crafts by creating your own festive decorations, or perhaps jump on a snowboard and see if you’re a natural!
A winter holiday wouldn’t be quite complete without a trip to the Christmas markets. If you’re visiting somewhere new, why not do some research before you travel to find the best local markets to explore and spend a festive evening.
We’ve already mentioned taking to the slopes and getting outdoors as part of your winter break, but there are many other ways to stay active whilst away over winter. Find out from the locals where the best walking trails are, and if you’re by the beach why not take a swift walk in the morning along the sand! For those more adrenaline focussed, then skiing and snowboarding centres may be calling you!
The new season brings about lots of new foods and menus, especially at restaurants which locally source their food. Researching before you travel to find the best restaurants, cosy pubs or must-visit street food vendors can ensure you don’t miss out. You may also have to book ahead for the most sought-after restaurants!
With all the chaos and hectic planning around the festive period, it can be a great time to get away and just relax. If you’re booking a holiday home or hotel, why not check if they have a hot tub or spa facilities you can utilise on your stay. Remember this is supposed to be a holiday so take some time to unwind and relax!