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How to travel without getting on a plane

Want to avoid all the hassle that comes with air travel? Here are some handy alternatives.

Take a break in the UK

It might be a bit 2020 but trust us when we say staycations are still in and still as popular as ever. And one of the best things about them is that your trip isn't affected by inevitable airport delays, horrendous early starts so you don't miss your flight, and lengthy queues through security.

If you want fun for the kids why not take them to meet Peppa and George Pig at Paultons Park? It also happens to be in the New Forest, filled with quaint villages, walking and cycling trails, and loads of wild horses.

Theatre more your bag? Spend a weekend in London complete with your favourite musical or show.

UK short breaks

Book a money-saving package with tickets and a hotel stay in one easy, bundle deal from Holiday Extras.

Take the train

Trains aren't just for getting around the UK – although have you thought about taking the National Rail sleeper train? You can go from Paddington to Penzance or Euston to Edinburgh in the comfort of a sleeper train. You can opt for your own room with an en suite, or rough it in a seated coach. Either way you'll have access to a dining car and lounges in certain stations.

Don't forget you can take the train across to the continent and go from there, either as a foot passenger or in your car. Making it easy to get down to Spain, across to Germany or up to Scandinavia – wherever you fancy really. Book yourself an interrail pass and you can see as much of Europe as you want with only one ticket.

Cruise from the UK

You can make it to some of the world's farthest-flung destinations without stepping on a plane at all. Just make your way to the nearest port, hop on a cruise ship and sail away. Plus, did you know when you cruise from the UK there's no luggage limit? Bring as much as you want!

Popular cruise ports in the UK include Dover, Southampton, Tilbury, Newcastle and even Edinburgh. So wherever you live in the UK you're never too far from a ship waiting to take you on an adventure.

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