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Why A UK Stacation Is Sometimes Not As Good As A Vacation

Red Arrows Display Team

Red Arrows Display Team

Last Friday I took my autistic son on a daytrip to watch the annual air display at Lowestoft. When we arrived the sun was shining and you couldn’t look up at the planes because the sun was so bright.

However, in true British tradition, that didn’t last long.

We watched the Red Arrows perform their incredible display with red, white and blue smoke, saw a helicopter performing aerobatics, and covered our ears as an  F16 flew over a few times before the first heavy shower fell.

It was short and sharp but because there were so many people at the display, despite almost everyone having umbrellas, we all got wet.


Because everyone was so close together and the rain fell so heavily, it just  gushed off the umbrellas like water running down a drainpipe. My son is taller than I am so the water from his umbrella ran straight into my ear until I managed to get him to move slightly!

Anyway, the sun came out again and the display continued. We saw guys parachuting out of a helicopter onto the beach below, a procession of powerboats bouncing around in the waves, and several other different aircraft, before suddenly the crowds of people began to disperse like rats leaving a sinking ship.

Turning round it wasn’t hard to see why. I have never in my life seen a sky like it – at least not in real life. I quite expected an alien space ship to land any minute. A darkness came over the whole area, thunder crashed, lightening struck and the rain fell down vertically so it was no good trying to stand next to a wall to shelter.

The day ended  with us being cold, wet and bedraggled, but we were very lucky as we were there just for the day.

I felt really sorry for the people who were on holiday, especially those looking for cheap family holidays and were camping. It must have been awful. We’ve all heard of the great British spirit, stiff upper lip and all that, so most people just get on with it and make the best of things.

However, for many people the summer holiday  is all they have to look forward to each year and the weather can make or break it. Some people wait and take last minute holidays. This year the Met Office long range forecast was for a bar-b-que summer and I’m sure local businesses were rubbing their hands in glee. However, so far it’s turned into a damp squib.

British summer!

British summer!

I love UK and there are some beautiful places to visit. Apparently this year, two out of three families are choosing to have a stacation in UK instead of having a vacation “abroad”, and many caravan and camping sites are fully booked.

It seems fears about Swine Flu and the exchange rate have put many people off travelling, so the last minute cheap package holiday deals are suffering. Too many people have bad memories of horrendous accommodation, which in reality looked nothing like it did in the glossy brochures, so they’ve  decided unless you can be guaranteed quality 4 star holidays as a cheap package, then it’s just not worth the  risk.

That’s great news for the local tourist industry. They have a short season and rely on the summer holiday industry. However, we all know UK doesn’t have the best amusements and facilities, and if the weather is bad, going out for the day can be a pretty expensive affair, especially if you have several children.

Most kids like to swim, but on our regional news yesterday some parents were understandably complaining because two local swimming pools had been closed for essential repairs. This meant their children had no-where to go during the long summer holidays. The councils said they understood the concern, but didn’t want to disrupt school swimming lessons during term time.

Not a good idea!

Anyway, as I said, I love UK, but there’s a whole big world out there and sometimes it’s just as cheap to travel abroad as it is to stay here. If you know where to look you can get incredibly affordable luxury accommodation at prime resorts all over the world for little more, and sometimes less, than  you’d pay to stay at home. I suspect if more people knew about it, the choice between the risk of catching Swine Flu, versus luxury 3, 4 and 5 star accommodation and predictable weather would be a bit more  difficult.

Jean Shaw
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If you disregard the exchange trip I went on to Holland with the local football team, my first real vacation “abroad” was to Malta shortly after I got married. I have mixed memories about the trip.

The island was picturesque, the people friendly and the weather warm, but there are some crazy drivers over there and you take your life in your hands on roundabouts.

Still, it was very nice – or at least it would have been but for the accommodation we were in. It was awful and not a bit like we’d anticipated from the pictures in the holiday brochure.

The spacious accommodation was more like a converted military barracks. There was no air conditioning, the fans barely worked and the torn screens let in the mosquitoes, which practically ate us alive.

As for the pool, well we won’t even go there!

Not surprisingly, we were ideal targets for time-share  touts offering their free meal and gift in exchange for a couple of hours of our time. We went along unsure what to expect but grateful for any excuse to leave our apartment. It was like walking into a different world.

We looked, we listened, and we bought, but have never been back since. Instead, for the past thirty years we’ve exchanged our weeks for trips to other countries, and whilst timeshare has earned itself a somewhat bad name, there’s no question the quality of the accommodation is outstanding.

Some people complain about the maintenance fees but they are for the room regardless of how many people stay there, as opposed to the per person package tours which often end up as horror stories, similar, or worse, than ours.

Only last week, friends of ours stayed in a caravan on a holiday camp which cost them as much as we pay for a week in our luxury apartment, and they had none of the facilities we enjoy.

Yes, I like timeshare,  but have been the victim of a scam when persuaded to exchange the timeshare for a holiday club scheme. This supposedly offered better exchange opportunities, and no annual maintenance. You just paid a membership fee and a booking fee if you used it.

These fraudsters are very clever con artists and their story is incredibly plausible. We had the Fraud Squad and Interpol involved, but no-one ever got caught, which is sickening. I know one elderly couple who were swindled out of £15,000 and worried about it so much it ruined their health.

So, why am I telling you this?

Well, I’ve just been told a similar story as that told by the conniving little scumbags who looked me in the eye, sympathised about how difficult  it must be to have an autistic son, and then ran off with my money, so you can imagine a few  alarm bells were ringing.

Here we go again, I thought, another scam, but I was wrong.

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Happy holidays!