So as it turns out we won't be seeing an end to recession as quick as we all would like and we may have to watch the pennies for a little longer. But actually, that's no bad thing because instead of that holiday abroad you might take comfort from the fact that a lot of people are choosing to holiday in the UK, even when funds are available.
With so many varying types of locations to choose from it's hard to remember why we were so quick to jump on jets to cheap and tacky accommodation just for a bit of sun.
The UK has so many beautiful and interesting places to visit, from the beaches of The West Country and the sprawling scenery of the Lakes to the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, all with plenty to see and do for the passive or most extrovert of holiday maker.
If you're looking for even more from your holiday then self catering is definitely the way to go, both in terms of saving money and providing variety and flexibility.
Self catering accommodation allows you to sample the local cuisine or have a quite night eating in. It is particularly handy if you have young children (or even adult fussy eaters) as mainstream hotels do not always provide for young diners.
By choosing a self catering holiday you immediately increase the number of fantastic properties available for you to choose from. Self catering accommodation really does come in all shapes and sizes and they need to too.
If you are traveling as a couple then there are plenty of small and cozy properties for you and your partner to choose from which offer intimacy and privacy. While those of you who like to travel in groups may prefer larger properties with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities providing a great open space to share your holiday with family and friends. This type of accommodation is particularly great for those nights when you decide to eat in as everybody can pitch in in the kitchen.
There is no set formula for a successful self catering holiday in the British Isles, hence their appeal, but you should definitely experience one before forming an opinion as I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.