The summer holiday is a great British institution and many of us count down the days to going away. Whether it’s Brighton or Barbados, the excitement for the holidays never wavers, but the bank balances of many travellers might. With the costs of daily life increasing everybody is looking for ways they can make savings, and holidays are no exception.
Here are some top tips for making the best of your holiday whilst also keeping it within a tight budget.
1. Early Booking Works
When it comes to travel, if you have a specific destination in mind, booking early is advisable. If you know where you want to go, then booking your flights or tickets as soon as possible will allow for a considerable saving.
There are hundreds of last minute deals which can also help you save but this isn’t always sensible if you have a particular destination in mind. Chances are your chosen location won’t be available last minute and you’ll be disappointed.
2. Research before you buy
If you plan to travel abroad then researching currency prices will help you get a good deal. Shopping around for foreign currency and pre-ordering online have become normal as it’s often the best way of getting a good exchange rate. There are even apps for Android and iPhone users which can help ensure you make the purchase at the optimal time.
3. Try a Staycation
A staycation is a really great way of enjoying a true holiday experience at home in the UK. You can all jump in the car and head up to your chosen location, be it a holiday resort or a simple city break. Alternatively you can make even more of an adventure of it and take the train; collect Nectar points when you buy tickets online with FirstGroup, and you can get to a range of top British tourist destinations which the whole family can enjoy. Train tickets are often cheaper online too, and you could save even more money with advance tickets and 2 for 1 bookings linked to attractions.
4. Timing is Everything
Consider when you plan to go on holiday. Of course this can be hard if you have children and are limited to the summer holidays, but this is where planning in advance can really help. If you can avoid school holidays and even weekends you will see a considerable saving on all elements of your holiday purchase so the more flexible you can be the better.
5. Camper or Caravan?
It might not be for everyone but a camping experience, even in a camper van or in a traditional tent, is a self-catering holiday with a touch of adventure. It’s great fun and gives you and the family a chance to connect with the great outdoors. The same can be said of a caravan holiday and many static parks have entertainment facilities or are near bustling market towns, ensuring there’s plenty to do.
These are just some tips to keep in mind as you plan an affordable holiday.