Tips for a Hassle-Free Self-Catering Holiday

Self-catering holidays have become extremely popular with people over the last few years, especially those with a family. Taking a self-catering holiday allows you to pay less for your accommodation, and it also allows you to choose and prepare the food that you are going to eat. This can be important when going on a holiday with children as they are often very fussy about what they eat and they may also eat at different times of the day compared to mealtimes in a catered establishment.

You and your whole family can wash up and bond together

One of the important things you have to know when choosing a self-catering  holiday are the eating out options you have in the area where you are looking to stay. You will not want to eat in your accommodation every day, even if you have young ones. You can check out the local restaurants, takeaways and other eating establishments and if the area you want to holiday in is away from metropolitan areas you will have to find out what dining facilities are available to you in the local area. It is of course a great idea to eat in sometimes when on holiday as you can try the local produce of the area by preparing it for yourself at your accommodation. There are very good farm shops, butchers and fishmongers available in most popular holiday areas of the UK.

You can sample the local delicacies at the markets near your self-catering hideaway

Now that self-catering holidays are becoming more and more popular, the choice is huge and you can now book them the world over. The further that you travel away from home, the more important it is that you research the options available to you. The more research you do the less chance that you will have of unexpected things occurring on your holiday. The Internet is a great tool for you to use in order to research the areas and options available to you. You can also use travel agents, as they can be a valuable tool, but remember that they have a vested interest and may not give you a completely unbiased view of the holiday on offer. Before you go on a self catering holiday spend some time researching where you want to go, what you want to do, and where you might want to eat if you are not preparing all the meals yourself.

Even though you will save money when going on a self-catering holiday, you should still come up with a budget for food and drink. If you perform some research online about where you are going on your holiday, you can get a good idea of what the food will cost. Get an idea on how much it will cost to go to local restaurants and how much the food bill will be based on how many people are in the party. You do not want to be on holiday and have to spend more money than you have expected to on food.

Part of the joy is to eat at excellent local resturants

Depending on where you go, you may have to buy food at retail outlets that are not close to where you are staying. It is important to find out where these shops are in the area and what times they are open. If you are caught without sufficient food and the market is closed, you may have to end up spending more than you thought by going to a restaurant. The more prepared you are regarding catering when going on a holiday the more likely  you will be able to save a significant amount of money.

A great advantage of a self-catering holiday is the fact that there are so many kinds of properties to choose from. You can stay in places such as small cabins, houses, apartments, and villas. It’s all up to you. It is important that you do some thorough research on the area that you want to visit and all the types of properties that are available. The property that you stay at will also of course depend on how large your party is. Most self catering holiday accommodation comes with a well equipped kitchen so you will be able to prepare meals for yourself.

You normally get a nice kitchen at your self-catering cottage

When you are looking into types of accommodation there are several things that you should do. You should always try to speak with an owner or an agency and ask them all the questions that you might have relative to the property and the area. Make sure as far as possible that the accommodation you are looking for when taking a self catering holiday, is exactly as described in the literature or on the Internet. When you find an accommodation to your liking you should make sure that you check the booking form thoroughly and ensure that there are terms and conditions that you are happy with. Check particularly the terms regarding a cancellation.  Sometimes the terms and conditions are in small print and you may end up paying more than you thought you were going to.

One of the best things to do, once you have found accommodation to your liking is to read any reviews that are available. You may have to go outside of the website that the rental properties are on to find them, but there should be some available.

When paying for accommodation on a self-catering holiday, you need to make sure that the payment you make is a traceable one. You should never pay with cash; you should pay by credit card, debit card, or bank cheque. You also need to have a receipt of your accommodation fee in case any trouble arises later and you need to dispute a cost.

make sure you get the cottage booked from someone reputable

Having said this, the self catering holiday industry is in general very reliable and well run.  Most owners of properties work through respected and well known agencies and their guests are assured of excellent service and agency support if a problem does arise.  A self catering holiday can be a fantastic break from routine and a great way for you to save some money when compared with hotels and other more expensive forms of accommodation.  So go for it and book that self-catering holiday in one of the lovely areas of your choice.

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1 Comment

  1. Jenny

    Excellent article.

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