Activities you can do in your free time on a coach holiday

They may be much-maligned in this age when long-distance travel by air or rail puts many more interesting destinations in reach, but coach holidays are still hugely popular.

Why are they still so popular?

When you realise it, there are many reasons why this is the case. Getting from starting point to your destination in the fastest time possible by air may be all well and good, and help maximise the amount of time spent in your holiday destination, but many wise people, over the years, have observed something to the effect that “the journey is more important than the destination”.

On the face of it, this is obvious; without the one, we wouldn’t reach the other. But it also gives us food for thought, in that many of the places which we pass through on our way to somewhere where we are keen to reach may, in themselves, have interesting facets which the journey might not allow us to explore.

This is a big reason why people who choose to travel by means other than the fastest one available feel that they enjoy a more complete holiday experience than those who just set out to get to their destination as quickly as possible because they can’t wait to flop out by the swimming pool.

In addition, you also have to consider that, while a flight in itself might be the best means of getting between cities, your actual destination may still be a considerable distance away. So you’re still likely to have to board a train or a bus to complete your journey.

On the other hand, if you’re travelling from end to end on a coach, you can plan a range of activities which can help you pass the time. Using the internet, you can easily research the route you’ll be taking, and pinpoint interesting locations along it. If your coach driver is accommodating, you might even be able to arrange a quick stop-off, in addition to those already in the itinerary, so that you and your fellow passengers can stretch your legs in the most beautiful places you pass through, and take a few pictures for the holiday photo album.

What to do during the free time

As you’ll be spending a great deal of time on the road on a coach holiday, your free time is likely to be precious. So if you get the chance, you should leave your fellow travellers behind to head into the towns which are your stopping-off points and try to find some unique souvenirs of your travels.  Carrying out online research beforehand – or using the old-fashioned method of consulting well-respected guidebooks – will help you find some such places. And, who knows, you might even earn extra kudos among your fellow travellers for pointing them towards places which they might not have found otherwise.

As a result, you might find such possibilities as church or monastery visits, stop-offs at highly-regarded local cafes or bars, the chance to buy from renowned local shops, and even to take  a ride on a local tram or preserved railway, which might only warrant a passing mention in your tour operator’s suggested itinerary, but which will add an extra, memorable dimension to your holiday.

This guest post was contributed by Lauren Belfield, an avid coach holiday enthusiast, especially travelling for London Theatre Breaks.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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