Many American college-age teens opt to study abroad in the United Kingdom. The availability of world class academic and cultural experiences, plus the familiarity of the language, makes it a natural choice whether your student is interested in economics, political science, mathematics, humanities or any range of topics.
Many families find that their college student’s semester abroad offers an opportunity to create a special family vacation with parents and siblings meeting up with the college student during a holiday break or at the end of the semester. For families planning to connect with their traveling college students in the United Kingdom, finding the right accommodations can make the difference between a run of the mill vacation and a cherished family memory. But where to start?
Our U.K. based travel partners gave us a great tip, suggesting we check out hotel bookings sites such as Star Stay to sort through the myriad of potential United Kingdom hotel options. The best search sites will offer quick links to hotels listed by country, county, and town. They will show you a quick overview of many different properties and allow you to check prices and availability and book online all at one site. We particularly like the sites that show pictures of actual rooms and allow us to accurately evaluate whether a specific room will work for our needs.
Bed and breakfasts provide another option for getting to know an area, but, since most are independently operated it can be difficult to explore all the options and to check availability and prices. Sites for bed and breakfast bookings are really helpful when it comes to exploring a wide range of options quickly and easily. Most of these sites will provide photos, pricing, and availability information, but, we particularly look for sites that allow for instant booking and confirmation online. It is so much easier to confirm a bed and breakfast reservation online via these types of services, in comparison to having to send emails or make international phone calls and deal with delays caused by different time zones.
Each town, county and country in the United Kingdom has a different personality and something to share. Online hotel and bed and breakfast booking sites make it easy to consider your options and find the best match for your needs. Let us know what you think.
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