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Get the most from a UK holiday this year

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Get the most from a UK holiday this year
Everyone needs a break from the usual routine and this year perhaps even more so. A change of scene, the chance to revisit places with treasured memories, or explore somewhere new can really lift your mood and improve your wellbeing, but there’s a few things to consider before you go.

 Whether it’s a short weekend trip, or a longer holiday with some of the family, there are many UK holiday options to choose from, depending on your health, general mobility, and budget. Below we explore some of the top destinations you could explore this year and some things to consider before you begin your holiday.

The COVID guidelines

Currently, the British public can only go on holiday and stay overnight with one other household, including one person who may be in a bubble with either household. Although lockdown measures have been reduced nationally, individual cities and towns could have stricter measures if their cases are high, so it’s important to stay up to date with changes to ensure you avoid these places if you are planning a trip.
Remember to pack your face masks and hand sanitiser to protect yourself and others against the virus. Face masks are now mandatory on public transport and in shops in England, and it’s vital to remember the one metre plus or two metre social distancing rule.

Planning ahead

Being prepared is the key to a stress-free holiday whether you’re going on a family holiday that includes young children and older relatives and need to plan activities for all ages, or just need to be sure you take the right equipment.

Things to think about when planning a holiday include journey length, accessibility of the accommodation and suitable activities to stay occupied. If you need some support using the car you may benefit from a swivel seat, to improve comfort and reduce twisting when getting in and out of your seat. If you usually require support at home you may consider taking some portable equipment with you that you can use at the accommodation, such as a clip on raised toilet seat
If you are older or living with a health condition that affects your bladder, finding out where the local toilets are can set your mind at ease. You may wish to take a radar key that offers access to over 9,000 disabled toilets across the country to give you access to the facilities you need. 

Enjoy a seaside holiday

From Norfolk to Cornwall, the UK proudly offers a range of seaside destinations where you can enjoy the fresh air, relax on the beach and visit the vibrant coastal towns. Seaside holidays are great for a range of people and mobility levels and offer the chance to explore different scenery and relax how you want to. 

Visit a national park

If you appreciate the great outdoors and enjoy being active, even if it’s just taking short walks each day, visiting one of the scenic national parks in the UK may be a suitable holiday for you.  National parks are here for everyone to enjoy, and you can browse the national parks website to discover where to visit for a wide range of accessible activities.
For examples, the Lake District is a popular holiday destination and is situated in the North West of England. As the largest National Park in England there is plenty to do and see and it has many easy access and wheelchair routes to make it as accessible as possible for all visitors. As well as being known for its great walking routes where you can appreciate the beauty of the mountains and lakes, there are many picturesque towns that have plenty to offer its visitors. It is a great holiday destination for visitors who are looking to venture a little further and get their walking boots on, whilst still staying in the UK. If you need some support with your balance or stability when walking Complete Care Shop offer a range of high quality walking aids, including the tripod walking stick .

Take in British culture and heritage

Whether you’re visiting a city, the countryside or taking a trip along the coast you can explore a range of cultural sites and activities across the UK. Discover grand cathedrals and castles, explore museums and art galleries or visit ancient sites and ruins, such as Stonehenge or Hadrian’s Wall. Remember to book in advance and follow the COVID guidelines set out by the government, which are especially important if you’re visiting indoor venues. 
If you are living with limited mobility or need extra support whilst travelling, remember to look into each location to check how accessible they are to prepare for unexpected changes. You can also check if your accommodation is compliant with the National Accessible Scheme (NAS) if you’re planning a UK holiday. This helpful scheme makes it easier for you to choose appropriate holiday accommodation for the whole family and have a more relaxing experience so you can enjoy your travels and explore. 
If you would like to view more daily living equipment that can help to make life more comfortable at home, or when taking a holiday, please visit our Complete Care Shop 

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