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British Canal Boat Holidays

March 25, 2013

As the cost of air travel soars, more and more people are choosing to try new ways to holiday. Canal boat trips have become extremely popular and not just in the UK and in many different locations around Europe. Let's take a look at what they have to offer.

Something different
Package holidays to the Spanish Costas have been and gone, the all-inclusive is now king of the summer holiday. However, discerning travellers may want a little more than a week laying by a pool. In this day and age you don't have to endure the hardships of trekking or spend a small fortune on activities to enjoy a holiday with a difference. A canal boat holiday offers an alternative experience at a leisurely pace at a price to suit every budget.

The UK, like many European countries is criss-crossed by a network of canals and waterways. These waterways were once the lifeblood of the country and connect major towns and cities together the length of the UK. These canals lead through some of the most breath-taking vistas and picturesque countryside in Britain. This presents the holidaymaker with infinite options when deciding an itinerary for their trip and the freedom to change from countryside to city at will.

Taking your house with you
The canal boat will be fully kitted out like a standard holiday home enabling you to wash, cook, eat and relax, just as you would on any holiday. Modern boats are full of clever designs and space saving devices which mean you are often travelling in spacious luxury. However, unlike standard holidays, your accommodation travels with you, so you are never far away from your base and the conveniences it offers. You can moor up in a location, explore for as long as you like and your accommodation will be waiting for you when you're finished.

History and heritage
Britain's waterways have a long and interesting history. The first working canals were built by the Romans. However, it was the industrial revolution beginning in the 17th century that saw the growth of the canal system and its dominance as a transport form. A rich history has grown up around the waterways and there are now many sights and experiences which are unique to travelling in this way. From ancient buildings, carnivals and festivals to folklore, myth and custom; travelling by boat can really make history come to life.

Speed of life
So, picture yourself cruising slowly through leafy waterways, with a glass of wine and not a care in the world. Unwind, as you drift slowly past rolling countryside, pretty villages and farms. Marvel at the natural world as you spot wildlife, trees and flowers. Stop off for lunch in a waterside tavern and sample the real ale and cider or head into the city for dinner and cocktails.

Adventure awaits! And best of all, with a boating holiday you can do all this at your own pace in your own time.

Author's Bio: Richard Simons is a seasoned traveller who writes for numerous websites. He is passionate about canal boat holidays and believes that boat holidays offer holidaymakers great choice and value.

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