Cheaper Holidays ? How to Find a Guest House Online
Many Brits are expected to be holidaying at home in 2009 with the recession putting people off splashing out on expensive items such as holidays abroad and the exchange rate making the idea of holidaying in Europe a less attractive proposition. A recent poll by Mintel reported in The Guardian1 that 35% of Britons said that they have not booked a holiday for the coming 6 months, and it is expected that many will instead opt for low-budget alternatives in this country, such as holiday camps, caravans and guest houses.
If you are thinking along similar lines, you will probably be hoping that the UK sees a bit more sunshine than in the last two years, but other than being fortunate with the weather, how can we make the most of a holiday in this country? Well, there is plenty of choice available, whether you are looking for beautiful countryside, big city culture, outdoor pursuits or great food.
A good place to start is to have a look at some of the tourist information sites online. Using an online business directory such as www.searchme4.co.uk will contain listings of thousands of businesses and allows you to search by both category and location. A search for "Tourist information" brings up over a hundred listings, which you can narrow down by area, for example; if you are interested in visiting the Lake District; enter "Cumbria" to narrow the search results down to Tourist Information Centres located in and around the Lake District.
Tourist information websites are full of advice and ideas to make your holiday special, from local activities and historical sites, to canoeing and surfing courses, gourmet restaurants and beautiful hotels & guest houses. Tourist Information websites can be an excellent resource for planning your own tailor-made break, as can using a UK business directory which enables you to ?scout? the area for accommodation, shops & restaurants.
If you are looking for flexibility and value for money, a guest house may be a good option. A wide range of choices are available: you will find guest houses located in bustling tourist towns, close to shops and restaurants, or at farms or cottages deep in the countryside, making them the ideal base, whatever your holiday style. Many simply offer bed and breakfast, so you can visit local restaurants, but some will provide packed lunches for walkers, and an evening meal if you?d prefer.
One popular tourist destination in the Lake District is the area around Lake Windermere. This area offers something for everything. There is a number of bustling tourist towns, including Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside offering gourmet restaurants and gift shops. On Lake Windermere itself, a number of watersports can be tried, such as dinghy sailing or canoeing.
Alternatively, nearby Grasmere comprises of a tiny village and lake and boasts some beautiful walks, both high level on the nearby hills and the less challenging amble around the lake. The poet Wordsworth once lived here, and it is possible to visit two of his former homes.
A search through www.searchme4.co.uk?s, the UK?s leading business search engine for "guest houses" in "Cumbria" provides over 100 possibilities, ranging from tiny bed & breakfasts to licensed hotels and restaurants. It is also possible to narrow the business search down to a smaller area such as "Grasmere" or "Windermere" if needed.
So why not start planning your UK summer holiday right now from the comfort of your own home through an online business directory. You may find that the UK has more to offer than you thought.
1 - "Recession-hit Britons rediscover Butlins for holidays", The Guardian, 16 April 2009,http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/apr/16/recession-butlins-holiday-camps