When you plan your family’s next holiday one of the biggest decisions you need to make is around whether you will go self catering or not. This is a decision which you will want to take after carefully considering the pros and cons involved in self catering holidays. Here are 5 of the biggest reasons for doing your own cooking while on holiday. If they convince you to go this way then you will find a range of self catering accommodation types on sites such as Keycamp and Eurocamp.
Traditionally the main benefit to going self catering has been the reduced cost. No matter where you go in the world you will find that supermarkets offer low cost ingredients for your meals. You might also get lucky and end up staying near a traditional local market or fair with fresh fruit and vegetables or even recently caught fish. Eating every single meal outside can be a huge drain on your budget but if you choose a self catering deal you can still have the occasional trip to a restaurant when your budget allows it.
Help Fussy Eaters
Not everyone is delighted at the thought of eating out all the time. If you have children or teenagers in the group then you might find it rather awkward to keep them happy with restaurant meals every time. You will know better than anyone who the fussy eaters in your family are and how to keep them happy.
One of the best things about cooking your own meals is that you know what exactly goes into them. A lot of holidaymakers come home with stomach problems or a few extra pounds simply because they abandoned their usual diets for a week or two of fried food and pizzas.
Make Your Own Itinerary
Does your family prefer a later lunch or a midnight snack? We all have our own preferences and not all restaurants or hotels can cope with them. As well at this, we need to bear in mind that one of the big benefits of being on holiday is the lack of work or school schedules to stick to. If you all want to stay up all night and snack on something tasty then there is nothing to stop you doing so.
A final point to think over is the fact that you are more likely to eat together on a self catering trip. If you rely on local restaurants for your meals then you might not find one which meets everyone’s tastes. Instead, you could end up scattered all over the place, each looking for somewhere with a suitable menu.
Self-catering for your family whilst you’re away on family holidays seems like a no-brainer when you think about the above benefits you may get from doing it. Certainly, self-catering can also be beneficial if you fancy having family adventure holidays as it will give you a great deal of freedom whilst you are having some great fun with your family.
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Author Bio: Robert Bell is a keen travel writer who works within the travel industry for many years and occasionally writes for Eurocamp.