With lots of glorious coastlines and countryside, it’s difficult choosing a destination for our vacation in the UK. But how do coast and country vacations compare? Do we love to feel the sea breeze in our hair and sand between our toes? Or do we find the serenity and tranquillity of the countryside much more appealing? The team at Cottages in Northumberland, a country breaks holiday lettings agency based in Northumberland that offers dog friendly cottages, tells the difference between country stay and coastal stay.

Coastal Vacation Costal vacation
The coastal region is known for it’s breath-taking sea views, delicious cuisines and lots of entertaining activities to do, which is why according to research compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents(ABTA) last year, a lot of holidays involved trips to the beach. Besides these, the coast has a lot to offer to holidaymakers no matter their expectations. A coastal break also serves as a great therapy for the body, mind, and soul such that one either relaxes by listening to the sound of the waves, falls asleep due to the fresh sea air, or softens their feet with a walk on the beach.

Going to the coastal region is also a opportunity to create unforgettable memories. Whether you’re eating take-away fish and chips, building sandcastles on the beach, or rolling up trousers and sleeves to paddle in the sea, the percentage of visits and vacations to the beach last year shows that people love heading to the coast.

The coastal region also, however, has its disadvantages. To begin, it is more expensive than the countryside even in the off-peak season (ranging from around £450 for seven nights, compared to £360 in the countryside). Moreover, taking a vacation at the coast 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.

Country Vacation 

Though seaside vacations may become part of our lives at a young age, escaping to the countryside every once in a while is very much the idyll of these two types of holiday. For many people living in UK’s densely populated towns and cities, the main draw of a break to the country is to fulfil their need for serenity and tranquillity. But the pleasures and delights of the countryside doesn’t stop there, as the rural stately homes, picturesque landscapes, Britain’s darkest skies, and an abundance of walking and cycling routes all make the countryside the best place to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life.

Countryside vacation is also a great opportunity to get closer to nature as beautiful birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits, and even deer exist in the countryside. Just like the coastal region, the remoteness that comes with a countryside vacation is something that some city-types find unnerving. And we don’t just mean that people-wise! You may find an issue with the distinct lack of Wi-Fi and phone signal in the countryside if you’re with your smartphone at all times. Unlike it is at the seaside, you might find yourself travelling much further to pick up dinner due to the lack of supermarket superstores and express shops alike.

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.

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