When you amble off down to the beach during your holiday, what do you plan on doing for the duration of your day? Are you a lay down and chill the hell out with a good book kind of person, or are you an active type, who enjoys exploring the coastline and taking part in a few water-sports? However you choose to spend your sun-worshipping day, there is no need to be bored on the beach.
Most summer destinations conduct their resort focus from the beachfront, whether this is in the form of restaurants and bars, cafes, shops, or walking routes, but for those who do venture onto the sand or shingle, it’s all about stripping off to your bikini or shorts, laying back, and enjoying the sun beating down, working on that tan.
The only downside of this is, especially if you have children, you may find you’re spending money whilst you’re enjoying a beach day, as opposed to the all-inclusive option at your hotel, if you opted to go for that board basis. With this being said, I don’t think you should ever avoid a few days down at the beach – you can go to a pool anywhere, but the beach? A totally different story!
To cut costs before you head away, to give you more to spend whilst you’re there, look at how you can streamline your travel day, to not only make it cheaper but also make it less stressful. I find a good way of doing this is to book airport parking and drive yourself to the airport. I recently booked parking at Stansted and I found it worked out much cheaper than an airport bus, and was infinitely less stressful too. If you are travelling as a family or in a group, this will always be cheaper than paying per person for a coach or train. The good thing about saving money on things like this is that it gives you a warm sense of achievement, so really you can afford to have that odd day down at the beach, or head off for a day’s shopping, without feeling guilty about it!
So, money saved, you’re down at the beach, you’ve reserve your sun-lounger with your towel, and you’re getting itchy feet because you’ve been laid down for half an hour, beginning to feel, dare I say it, a little bored. This is perfectly understandable, which is why I think you should be getting active!
You’ll find most beach resorts have water-sports on offer, and if they don’t then there is usually an alternative, such as beach football or volleyball. An hour or so taking part in something like this will starve off boredom, make you feel thoroughly virtuous for getting some exercise, and followed by a refreshing dip in the sea, you’ll be glowing from head to toe.
If you’re into water-sports however, you’ll probably find a large range on offer at most large holiday resorts. A personal favourite of mine is parasailing. Now, I’m not a fan of heights so my first attempt filled me with dread, but I was so glad I’d done it – the views were spectacular. I’d highly recommend you give it a go.
Starving off beach day boredom is easily done, and can often be as easy as changing your position and people-watching! Look at it this way, when you’re sat in the office back at work, you’ll be wishing you were sat on the beach – make the most of it!