If you follow me on Twitter you might already know this but I’ve been away on holiday this week with my boyfriend Jordan. We stayed in Harrogate for 4 nights, Monday to Friday and we went as part of a coach holiday. Yes that’s right, a coach holiday. The type of holiday my grandma and grandad always go on.
I think everybody associates coach holidays with older people, I know I always have. It was convenient for us though because we don’t drive, the price was incredible because we booked at the last minute and we knew we’d enjoy the trip anyway because we love Yorkshire and have both been before.
When we got to the interchange to catch our holiday coach we were probably the youngest people there by at least 30 years. I had already mentally prepared myself for the stares we were going to get from the other passengers but I was hopeful that they’d be friendly.
The activities for the week were really varied and there was always something exciting to do.
- We spent Monday afternoon in Harrogate itself and took our time exploring the beautiful town. We’d never been before so it was really exciting getting to know a new place.
- Tuesday was an excursion to York which I loved. We were only there for a few hours so we just walked around, did a bit of shopping and just enjoyed our time there.
- Wednesday was a free day to do whatever you like. There were no excursions on so we decided to get the train and go back into York for the day because we didn’t feel like we had enough time there the day before.
- On Thursday we chose to go on an optional excursion to Otley, Ilkley and Ilkley Moor. We really enjoyed exploring the cute towns and the view from Ilkley Moor was incredible.
- Friday was time to go home but before then we visited Stump Cross Caverns, the beautiful market town of Skipton and Kirkstall Abbey. Kirkstall Abbey was the only place we visited that didn’t really interest us very much but it wasn’t too bad, we just sat by the river and watched the ducks swim by.
Obviously none of the activities were boring or specifically for older people and you had a lot of freedom throughout the week. Tuesday and Friday’s excursions were included in the cost of the holiday but you didn’t have to do anything if you didn’t want to.
The cost of the holiday also included breakfast every morning and a delicious three course meal every night so the only money we needed was for our lunches, any extra excursions we wanted to go on and spending money.
We didn’t mix very much with the other passengers. We didn’t feel comfortable approaching anyone because we didn’t want to bother them and I think they might have felt the same way about approaching us but there wasn’t a bad atmosphere or any awkwardness.
I think coach holidays are a great option for people who want a holiday on a budget or who can’t drive. You can get involved and mix with other passengers or you can keep to yourself and do your own thing, it’s totally up to you.
Me and Jord would definitely go on another coach holiday because you can go to some fantastic places in the UK and even abroad. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Let me know in the comments, have you ever been on a coach holiday? If so, where did you go? If not, would you ever consider going on a coach holiday?