And here we are, British Summertime. Clocks forward, more sunlight, less moonlight, more colour and what a glorious day 30th March 2014 was. Let’s book a holiday.
Who would have thought that all it would take to forgive a long, miserable, wet winter is one sunny warm day. I waste no time and immediately begin fantasizing about a modest retreat, a stone’s throw from one of the many beautiful sandy beaches England has to offer. For the first time I’m forced to take our family summer break at the same time as everyone else.
Motivated by the weather I grab my iPad and pigeon peck my way to Google Maps. This would be one of my most rewarding missions of the year and could only be achieved with a full satellite view of the South West of England.
At a click and a tap I was in Cornwall. Here I found the slightly yellow grey outline that promised golden sandy coasts with clean blue sea. Hovering high above the country I typed “Holiday Rental” and soon my panoramic view was filled dots of all sizes. Holiday houses everywhere, unlimited choice, this was going to be easy peezy.
My Google flight had begun to cause vertigo so I dropped attitude and zoomed into the detail of a village or two. Soon I found promising cottages with sea views and teasing sea “glimpses”.
The search. With my focus on Cornwall I began to find lots of ideal locations, much availability but something was amiss! Whenever I selected the week I wanted prices shot up. Not by a hundred pounds but by hundreds of pounds. I couldn’t understand it. The same property was £400.00 one week and then £800.00 during the school break! As soon as the kids went back to school the prices returned to normal.
Looking across Cornwall I could see that some were better than others but most searches resulted in rocketing prices when people had less choice. Hardly fairness at work. So I waved goodbye to ‘Conwall’. Even If I could afford the accommodation, I found it difficult to part with my money when I felt “they” were taking advantage of so many families. Lucky for me I found something much better. Wales!
For many years we had holidayed in Devon but had decided we needed somewhere new. The escalating cost of a Cornish holiday had put me on a new course to Pembrokeshire, Wales. I had heard many good stories but had always overlooked it. So glad I didn’t this time because what I found was honest Welsh value. No escalating rip off rates, no greedy proprietors and lots of choice.
So if you need a good value holiday during the school break do your bank balance a favour and go to Wales. I don’t advertise but I do share fare deals. If you see something on a website you like and the cost exceeds your budget ask for a discount. I did and I was able to save £80 just because I asked.
|Where||Pre May 23/24||Post May 23/24||Extra Charge|
|Devon, Bigbury on Sea||605||1273||668|
|Cornwall, Gorran Haven||440||926||414|