Have coaching holidays improved?

By: Keith Barrett

For a generation of people, the mere mention of coaching holidays brings back images of trips across Britain. We tend to associate such trips with cramped conditions, low prices and basic holidays.

Though we may look back fondly on the holidays themselves, few of us probably think of coaching holidays as being a luxurious experience.

Despite this, coaching holidays have come back into fashion in recent years. As surprising as it may seem, they are most certainly being aimed at those who are looking for interesting, comfortable and luxurious holidays.

So, how have such holidays become popular once again?

One reason has undoubtedly been the increase in standards.

Travelling in a modern luxury coach bears little resemblance to the holidays of old. Coaching holidays are now attracting a new range of travellers as a result.

The list of destinations on offer has also improved dramatically. While visits to Bognor, Hastings, Blackpool and Great Yarmouth once attracted many of us, there can be no doubt that more of us now have a taste for the exotic.

Leading tour companies have reacted by providing coaching holidays to a much larger range of destinations, from the United States to China.

European destinations still attract large numbers, with specialist itineraries allowing tourists to visit some of the most beautiful places in France, Italy, Austria and Eastern Europe.

Tour companies have been keen to provide a better experience and have made improvements in the standards of accommodation on offer too.

There's been a quiet revolution in the world of coaching holidays, meaning that they now provide a rather different experience.

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