When we go on holiday we tend to associate it with relaxing by the pool, sunning ourselves in the Mediterranean sun and dining in a traditional restaurant overlooking the sea. This is of course very relaxing but for many families they are looking for more to do on holiday, the increased awareness of being active.
The worrying obesity rate in the UK has meant parents are more interested in family bike rides than lying on the beach. The problem with wanting to be active whilst away on the continent is that the weather and humidity may mean that you can't freely go for a bike ride or hike as you'll tire instantly, especially small children.
This is one of the main draw factors for holidaying here in the UK, with a more neutral climate we can enjoy periods of sun as well as cooler weather that can cool you down when on a mountain bike. Of course the UK still has many popular beach resorts for those who want a bit of the beach holiday experience.
Typically the UK's beach resorts have a whole host of activities at various holiday parks or the many theme parks dotted around the country, a famous example is Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But many people may have shirked the idea of holidaying in the UK in the past because of our notoriously temperamental weather.
What few people are aware of though is that when you are abroad in an otherwise sunny country and it rains, there is normally not much to do until the rain goes away. Here in the UK on the other hand we plan for these instances and have many indoor activities and sources of entertainment. In Skegness there is even the UK's first themed indoor family resort so that whilst there are outdoor attractions there is still plenty to do if you're confined to the indoors.
Away from the beaches there are also plenty of attractions further inland in the country, the United Kingdom is home to many impressive National Parks such as the Lake District where hiking, pony trekking and mountain biking are immensely popular as well as being excellent forms of exercise. The fresh country air is just one of many bonuses of holidaying in the UK.
This year it seems that many families are looking for more to a holiday than just sitting in the sun and are looking for a more healthy way to spend their time off, with all the activities available in the UK it's no wonder that over the past two years UK tourism figures have skyrocketed.
Initially thought to be the working of the financial crisis currently in effect this rise has seen many UK holiday parks and countryside guesthouses reporting great business and their guests claiming that this year they want to spend their holidays as a family doing something fun and active to let the children spend up all their energy whilst enjoying the exercise at the same time.