Don't let ash cloud ruin Bank Holiday getaway
Aug 21 2014 Posted by Samantha Marsh
Holidays in Great Britain from £3pppn
As Icelandic volcano Bardarbunga is reportedly on the brink of a major eruption holidaymakers are bracing themselves for cancelled Bank Holiday flights - and the prospect of being marooned abroad.
Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com has the solution that could save the day - and those Bank Holiday travel plans: camping and caravanning closer to home.
Pitchup.com founder Dan Yates said: "In 2010, the ash cloud from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano caused a flight ban that lasted six days, impacting thousands of travellers."
"If your overseas Bank Holiday travel plans fall through due to another ash cloud, all is not lost: we still have 137 sites with availability this weekend across England, Scotland, and Wales starting from just £3 per person per night."
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Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. Pitchup.com, which currently lists over 5,800 sites, provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease: the customer journey from landing on the homepage through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. It’s also possible to check out water bathing water quality in the surrounding area with data provided by the European Environment Agency. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available.
In 2013 Pitchup.com became the first business of its type to launch a bookable mobile app and site, making the site easily accessible to users of mobile and tablet devices. The mobile site, m.pitchup.com, now accounts for 19% of bookings.
Pitchup.com enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one-off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.
Awards include Best UK Travel Website of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards 2011, and most recently Best Travel / Leisure / Sports / Mobile Strategy / Campaign at the Marketing on Mobile Awards 2014.