Coach Holidays, Not Just For Oap
Why and who travels by coach
Perhaps most people's perception of coach holidays involves a group of elderly and sometimes immobile travelers visiting a seaside resort on an old bus style coach. While there are certainly a diverse range of demographics in the coach travel sector, this archaic image simply does not hold true any more. Other forms of coach travel may include students on the cheap or hoards of school children. This again may be the case but coach travel no longer belongs just to these exclusive groups. Nowadays coach tourism comes in many shapes and sizes - in Britain and around the globe. Coaches don't just do day excursions,Coach factory outlet online store, short breaks or longer holidays. Sports superstars,coach handbags,Monster Beats Tour, pop music fans, theatre goers, conference delegates, cruise passengers ?all often choose to travel by coaches. Even our Royals use coaches when there aren't enough carriages and horses to go round!
But is it cool and how does the sometimes snobby culture of the UK stack up against our European cousin's perception of coach travel. Cary Grant has been quoted as saying "beats flying, doesn't it". In Spain companies such as subsidiary and Alsa,Louis Vuitton Sale, carries business people between cities. Coach travel there is "cool and acceptable" according to Mr Bowker (National Express chief executive).
Groups of lads on Stag dos may often use a coach to get themselves to that weekend trip or indeed a hen party for the same reason. It offers a convenient and easy way of traveling with out the added hassle and expense of flying. Coaches are also increasingly being used to operate your normal package holiday's targeted at families or young professionals. It is offered an alternative and cheaper method of getting to the Alps for a skiing holiday in Tignes or Alp d'huez.
You may be surprised that the UK coach travel sector has over 8 million customers annually with a turnover of ?.5 billion. Coach travel now offers many benefits over other forms of transport such as car and plane. Coach travel does not suffer from the taxation of APD (Air Passenger Duty) that was doubled in early February 2007 to between ?0 and ?0 on European flights.
This raises the question of environmental issues. A gallon of fuel will on pro-rata, take two people traveling by coach six times further than by car. A 300 mile trip on a coach carrying 85 passenger would generate 194kg in CO2 emissions. This would be 2.3kg per person. Compare that to a Boeing 737 doing the same journey, which would generate 6,Louis Vuitton Belts,930kg CO2 emissions or 36kg per person. 2.3kg CO2 Emissions Vs 36kg CO2 emissions shows there is a significant environmental advantage in using coach travel. This environmental advantage certainly creates an attraction for coach travel to a new generation of demographics outside the previous stereotypes.
Coach types and facilities
Coaches have come a long way since their conception it terms of comfort,coach outlet online, style and their luxuries. This encourages different demographics to use coach travel as means of getting to their holiday. Coaches range in size to cater for a variety of groups in the travel sector with everything from 19 to 85 seat coaches. This helps and encourages groups such as stag does and hen parties to use a smaller coach were as previously they may have used a number of cars. The concept of the executive coach has perhaps encouraged corporate group travel. It is now possible to get climate control, airline style folding seat back tables, WC,Louis Vuitton Outlet, glazed glass for privacy and hot and cold drinks facilities.
Types of coach holiday and where to go
The only limitation with coaches is distance and their ability to cross continents. As such most coach holidays departing from the UK will have destinations of Europe or inbound for weekends away in the UK. This will be true across all demographics. If looking for ideas on where to visit you could try looking at 'Trip Adviser' or other smaller European destination guides such as 'In Europe'. Coach tours come in a variety of forms. There are a good selection of package holidays to places such as Spain including the Costa Brava, Calella,Coach outlet store online, and Cantabria. Younger and family holiday makers are also visiting events such as the German Christmas markets or Edinburgh at tattoo time. You can find holidays from many companies. You could use discoverBritain or if you are traveling in a group why not try visiting mygrouptour that will orgainise all your group travel needs. Other operators include 'Door 2 Tour' or 'Travelsphere'. Some coach companies them selves also operate holidays.