With many of us leading demanding and hectic lives, a break away to relax and unwind is often deserved. However, while the idea of a holiday sounds great in theory, the cost can often be an obstacle, especially for those with a limited budget. But with a little research and some smart thinking, a trip away doesn’t have to break the bank, and there are several ways you can make your holiday an enjoyable yet inexpensive experience. Below, we’ve shared just a few tips to help you make your trips away more affordable:
Where to Visit
While the thought of jet setting off on a holiday abroad may sound appealing, the reality is that foreign holidays can often be expensive, especially during peak seasons such as the summer holidays and Christmas. As such, one of the best ways to instantly save on a break away is by opting for a staycation instead. Not only do these types of holidays tend to be cheaper generally, but they are also a great way to bring your family together as you can break free from your normal routine and explore new places together without travelling thousands of miles from home!
When to Travel
As we have briefly touched on, the price of any holiday is likely to shoot up around peak seasons throughout the year, so it is best to avoid travelling during these times if at all possible. While the school holidays are undoubtedly the busiest time of the year for family breaks, Christmas, Easter and half terms are also a no-no for those looking to travel cheaply. If you can, try and book your break outside of these periods and as early as possible as this way, you will avoid the increase in price that so often comes with booking last-minute holidays. Additionally, if you are not pressed for time and can spare a few days either side of your break, a layover could also help to lessen the overall cost.
Where to Stay
Whether you’re travelling alone or with others, the most expensive accommodation is often in busy areas such as city centres, where amenities and attractions are easily accessible being nearby. As such, opting for accommodation outside the city limits or even in the countryside can help to make your stay far more affordable as well as providing you with a quieter place to retreat to after a busy day.
Additionally, booking a self-catering property instead of a hotel can also make your trip more affordable, especially if there is a larger group of you. Whether it’s a family holiday, a friends get-together or a hen or stag party, choosing accommodation that can cater for a greater number of people will mean you can split the cost while still enjoying a stay in some superb abodes like ours here at Quality Unearthed!
What to Bring
While everyone requires some holiday essentials, packing lightly and being smart about what you bring with you during your trip can make a big difference to the cost. Here are just a few areas where you could make some savings:
For many, dining out is part and parcel of the holiday experience. However, if this is the only option when it comes to food, the cost of your meals is going to add up pretty quickly, especially if you’re heading out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great option to make mealtime more affordable is to bring your own food along with you so that you can enjoy a delicious meal at your convenience without it costing you a fortune. Plus, rustling up something delicious that you can share is a great way to spend some quality time with your loved ones whilst away!
While you will no doubt enjoy a few days out during your holiday, bringing along some activities of your own will help you stay within your budget and perhaps enable you to make time for the things you love but seldom get to enjoy during your day-to-day life.
If you’re holidaying with children, there are a huge range of things you can bring along that will make for a day of fun including a bat and ball, art equipment, board games and binoculars! Alternatively, if you have hobbies of your own, whether you’re a book worm or a keen knitter, packing the bits you need to enjoy them will mean you can take some time to yourself and get back to the things you love during your time away.
If you do decide to venture out to sample some of the local attractions at your chosen destination, membership cards and vouchers will allow you to do so for a much better price, or even for free! For instance, those with a National Trust membership can visit over 500 attractions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland entirely for free, while Merlin Annual Pass holders can enjoy discounted access to some of the UK’s best attractions including Alton Towers, The Blackpool Tower and Sea Life Centres!
If you’re in search of affordable accommodation but don’t want compromise when it comes to quality, our stunning range of glamping abodes could be perfect for you! Whether you’re looking for a romantic break, dog-friendly accommodation or glamping with a hot tub, we can offer some unique abodes for great prices, so why not contact us today?