Self-catering holidays in Europe – what are they all about?
Whether you’ve tried them before or not, self-catering holidays can be fantastic – especially if you’ve got kids, so if you’re considering a self-catering holiday in Europe then check out our guide below for what you should expect, and a few holiday essentials you should take with you.
Now, depending on what type of villa or apartment you’re looking for, some may already be stocked with a few essentials – but make sure you check.
The difficulty with self-catering holidays can arise as soon as you land if you don’t prepare for them. For example – imagine landing at Malaga airport in the middle of the night – it’s a 40 minute drive to your villa, and the supermarkets aren’t open – what are you going to do if you can’t grab a drink and a cup of tea when you get in?
Problems like this can be easily avoided by tucking a few teabags into your suitcase – and a few bottles of mineral water – also if you’ve got the kids with you it might be worth packing some snacks for them to have upon arrival.
Depending on where your self-catering holidayis, you will also need to make allowances for arriving on a Sunday. In Spain, most shops are closed on a Sunday – so if you’re looking to stock the cupboards you may have trouble finding somewhere that’s open.
So – you’re prepared for your arrival – but what about packing? Chances are you will need to pack a little extra than you would for a hotel stay or an all inclusive package.
It’s worth checking with your booking agent what the villa comes with – for example it may have clean bath towels provided, but not towels for the pool or beach – so take some with you just in case.
Also consider other essentials such as a hair dryer – as these may not be included.
Aside from the extra baggage and the possible hiccups when it comes to filling the cupboards upon arrival, a self-catering holiday in Europe really can be a fantastic option for all sorts of people – especially if you’re travelling as a group or family.
If there are more than a couple of people on your holiday, the chances are you’re not all going to want to eat, sleep and drink at the same time, so a self-catering villa holiday is ideal, as everyone can come and go as they please – the kids can eat at a reasonable time – and there’s no need to keep them up late as you can have fun at the villa!
Self-catering holidays in Europe can be great – so if you’re looking to book a holiday, make sure you check them out!
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