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From Choosing Your Destination to Arranging Car Hire at Luton Airport: Top Tips for Planning a Great British Getaway

07/01/2020

Have you always dreamed of planning a great British getaway? Whether you love the idea of strolling along the Welsh coast, navigating London’s Underground or hiking through the Scottish Highlands, Britain is full of wonder - and there is certainly something for everyone. Come rain or shine, you are bound to enjoy your trip!

To help you plan the trip of a lifetime, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to planning an unforgettable holiday. Throughout this blog, we’ll offer top tips for choosing a destination, finding the right transport, booking car hire and getting to grips with British customs. Read on for more information!

 

Choosing a Destination

One of the greatest things about visiting Britain is that it’s comprised of three different countries: England, Wales and Scotland. Along with Northern Ireland, these countries are typically referred to as the United Kingdom (UK). All four countries are very close to each other, and with fairly cheap transport links, it makes it easy for visitors to explore each of them in just a couple of weeks.

Where you go really depends on how much time you have and what you want to do. For instance, if you’re a keen hiker, you may want to dedicate most of your time to the north of England and Scotland. Alternatively, if you dream of strolling through cobbled streets, visiting art galleries and getting lost in the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers, there’s nowhere more exciting than London.

Below, we’ve put together a few destination ideas depending on the type of trip you would like:

 

Beach

If you want to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful beaches, head to Cornwall and Devon in the south-west of England. Don’t forget to visit St Ives, Porthcurno, Croyde and Saunton Sands.

 

City

Some of the most exciting cities in Britain include London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow. Every city has its own history and culture, not to mention bucket loads of charm.

 

Countryside

Britain is known for its rolling hills and rugged cliffs, so there’s plenty of countryside to explore. Don’t miss the Lake District, the Peak District, Pembrokeshire and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

 

History

If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit Bath, Edinburgh, Windsor and Oxford. There are plenty of incredible landmarks to visit, from Stonehenge to Hadrian’s Wall, so you’ll never be bored!

 

Adventure

Are you a keen hiker, climber, biker, wild swimmer or kayaker? If yes, then you’ll fall in love with the Mendip Hills, Snowdonia National Park, Grampian Mountains and the Isle of Skye.

Again, your chosen destination will depend on how long your holiday is. If you only have a couple of days, it’s sensible to choose just one or two places to explore. However, if you’re planning to stay for a couple of weeks or months, you’ll have the freedom to move around. There are a variety of transport options available to you, as we discuss below.

 

Getting Around

Britain has many well-connected transport links, many of which are reasonably priced and efficient. You can travel between England, Wales and Scotland quickly and easily, and it’s also possible to fly or catch a ferry to Northern Ireland if you’d like to incorporate this destination into your trip.

Your options include:

 

Flying

There are lots of major airports in Britain, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

Trains

There are train lines running throughout England, Wales and Scotland, making it possible to access almost every corner of Britain. Ticket prices can be expensive but travelling via train is much quicker than by coach.

 

Coaches

There are major coach companies, including National Express and Megabus, that offer cheap fares for cross-country travel. Coach travel is typically slower than train travel but more budget-friendly.

 

Car rental

If you want total travel flexibility, hiring a car is undoubtedly the best option. Having your own car will allow you to travel wherever you like at the drop of a hat, without having to pre-book coaches or trains.

Car hire is a cost-effective way to transport multiple people at once, as you won’t have to book four or five individual tickets. It’s also extremely convenient; simply pick up your chosen vehicle at the airport you land in and off you go! Below, we share our top tips for finding the right service for your needs.

 

Booking Car Hire Services

If you’ve decided to hire a car for your journey, you first need to find out which rental companies operate locally to the airport you’re flying into. The chances are that you’re flying into a London airport, such as Luton, as these typically offer the cheapest flights; luckily, these also offer plenty of vehicle rental options.

When it comes to booking car hire, you’ll need to consider the following:

 

Company

To find a reputable company, make sure they have a professionally-designed and up-to-date website, lots of positive customer testimonials and a friendly team on hand to answer your questions.

 

Vehicle

How many seats are necessary? How much luggage space will you need? Is there a particular vehicle model you prefer? Your chosen company will be able to help you match a car to your requirements.

 

Budget

How much can you realistically spend on car hire? Will you need to pay upfront or at the end of the trip? How do prices compare across companies? It’s also important to find out what you’ll be charged in the event that you damage the vehicle.

There are a variety of factors to consider when hiring a car, so it’s important to find a trusted vehicle hire company that can help you find the right option for you. If you’re flying into London Luton Airport, you needn’t look further than Mayday Vehicle Rentals for a company you can really rely on.

 

What to Know

Before you visit a new country, it’s a good idea to get to grips with any important traditions, customs or any other general things to know.

Some important pieces of information to be aware of include:

 

Driving

When driving in Britain, one of the most important things to be aware of is that you must drive on the left-hand side of the road. Make sure you’re aware of all road signs and speed limits and always wear a seatbelt.

 

Payment

Many shops, cafes, hotels and pubs will accept both card and cash payments, but it’s always a good idea to ask before you purchase a service. Many local buses will only accept cash, but in London and some other larger cities, you will be able to pay for local transport by card.

 

Tipping

If you want to tip for a service, the standard amount is 10%. However, there’s no obligation to tip and many restaurants will simply add an optional service charge onto the bill instead.

 

Queuing

A custom valued everywhere in Britain is queuing. Jumping a queue is considered very rude, so it’s a good idea to always wait your turn!

 

Weather

The weather in Britain can be very unpredictable, so it’s always good to be prepared. If you’re visiting throughout autumn or winter, make sure you carry an umbrella at all times.

 

Cuisine

There are lots of different regional cuisines to try, but you definitely shouldn’t miss out on fish and chips, roast dinners, full English breakfasts and, if you’re visiting Scotland, haggis. Don’t forget to wash everything down with a nice cup of tea!

 

Mayday Vehicle Rentals: Car and Van Hire Services in Luton

If your great British adventure begins in Luton, then look no further than Mayday Vehicle Rentals for reliable car and van hire services. Whether you’re looking for short or long-term vehicle rental, our well-maintained fleet, competitive prices and friendly service make us the go-to company in the local area.

We’re proud to offer cheap car hire solutions to customers in Luton and beyond, so whether you’re planning the road trip of a lifetime or you’re searching for trusted business rentals, Mayday Vehicle Rentals is here for you. For more information about how we could help you, get in touch with our team of experts today.