Against UK breaks – and the prices
‘The weather is the elephant in the room’
“There is an enormous elephant in the room when it comes to UK holidays: the weather. I love Cornwall, but I have spent too many miserable weeks wearing a woolly jumper and eating chips, staring at the sky and wondering if it will stop raining. You cannot relax, you cannot make plans. It can be cold, wet and miserable, with, yes, the odd glorious day, but it’s not worth the risk.
“In a quiet part of Spain, every day is warm, clear and suitable for an al-fresco meal or a swim.”
‘VAT and no staff are two huge factors affecting UK hospitality’
“Two huge factors affecting UK hospitality. First is VAT at 20%. The Government is getting a fifth of your meal or pint. Not so in most other countries.
“Secondly, there are no staff. Pot washers are on £15 plus an hour in some places. In Spain there is no benefits system that comes even close to ours. There is a week’s dole for every year worked and that’s about it.
“In the UK people actually calculate if it’s more profitable to stay at home than drag themselves out of bed. A shambles.”
‘Spain is far better value than the UK’
“I have a place in Spain and love the restaurants and their service.
“My friends have just booked a penthouse facing the sea for 2,000 euros for seven weeks starting in September when the weather will be perfect. It is far better value than the UK.
“Yesterday my three-course lunch with half a bottle of wine cost me only 12 euros. No contest.”
‘Accommodation is now double the price’
“For years we have enjoyed lovely breaks to the south coast but the four bedroom house I rented three years ago in Polzeath is now double the price for the same week.
“France and Spain offer so much better value. I’m sad to say for the first year in as long as I can remember, there will be no UK holiday this year.”
‘We found nowhere with above average reviews’
“We tried to host our extended family for three nights in mid-June. We wanted somewhere that could accommodate 14 people, so expected it to be expensive. However, we found nowhere with above average reviews that was less than 5,000 pounds for the three nights. We were astonished, and have chosen instead to go to Portugal.”
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