We’re spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to choosing a destination for our next break,
with miles and miles of glorious coastline and countryside. But how do coast and country breaks compare? Why is one more appealing than the other? As I’ve personally done both types of holidays, I can say that I enjoy both of them.
The team at Cottages in Seahouses, a specialist in holiday cottages in seahouses, are here to reveal the pros and cons of being beside the seaside and escaping to the country…
With breath-taking sea views, delicious food and plenty of family-friendly things to do, it’s no wonder that a staggering 38% of the top ten holidays involved trips to the beach last year, according to research compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
My favourite places to visit by the sea are Newquay (which I visited last year) and the Isle of Wight. I’ve been going to the Isle of Wight since I was 9 months old and it will always be a special place for me. There’s nothing better than sitting near the sea, listening to the sound of the waves and enjoying an ice cream in the sunshine.
Heading to the coast is also a chance to relive happy memories. From eating take-away fish and chips, making sandcastles on the beach, and rolling up trousers and sleeves to paddle in the sea, the percentage of trips to the beach last year shows that all the way through life, people love heading to the coast. I always get such a nostalgic feeling when I step onto Shanklin beach on the Isle of Wight. I have so many great memories there.
Coastal breaks do, however, have their drawbacks. More expensive than their countryside counterparts even in the off-peak season (from around £450 for seven nights, compared to £360 in the countryside), taking a coastal break in peak time also means that the town or village where you choose to reside will be much busier people-wise than a stay, at any time, in the vast, open countryside. Sometimes it works out a lot cheaper to just go abroad for a couple of weeks rather than spend a week in the south of England!
While seaside breaks become part of our lives at a young age, escaping to the countryside is very much the idyll of these two types of holiday. I’ve found myself being drawn to country breaks more as I’ve got older, especially if the area has some sort of interesting history.
For many of us living in the UK’s densely populated towns and cities, the main draw of a break to the country is to fulfil our desire for peace and quiet. It’s so nice to be able to see the stars without any light pollution from the bit cities. I also enjoy being able to hear the wildlife at night. We get foxes and owls at home, but it seems so much nicer when you’re in a country cottage!
Country breaks are also a great opportunity to get closer to nature during the day. Dig out your binoculars and observe beautiful birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits, and even deer in the countryside. If you have a dog, you can take them for a long, enjoyable walk.
If you’re a city person at heart you may find it hard to adjust to the country lifestyle. If your smartphone is in your hand at all times, you may find an issue with the distinct lack of Wi-Fi and phone signal in the countryside – although giving yourself a break from social media and the internet can be so refreshing. You might also find yourself travelling much further to pick up the evening’s dinner than you might at the seaside due to the lack of supermarkets but you can take advantage of the local markets and small, independent shops.
So, what’s it to be? Whether you see the seclusion of the country as an advantage or prefer the thought of old-fashioned seaside fun, there’s a world of choice at your fingertips right here in the UK.