How To Holiday In The UK On A Budget
We all have had to evaluate the way we live our lives because of the “recession”, “credit crunch” or whatever way you like to call it – people have less money to spend now on holidays and are looking to find more ways to have their holiday on a budget. However, even during these tough economic times people still wish to take a holiday break, even if it means venturing abroad, hence one in five domestic tourists in the UK predicted to stay at home for that 2009 holiday.
So, how can you Holiday in the UK on a budget? Read on for more…
Remember to Shop Around for the Best Value: It’s essential to remember that during these hard times we can benefit from cheap prices and some terrific holiday deals. With hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other tourist accommodation outlets dropping their rates and offering value deals at weekends and midweek, and restaurants offering the same great food at competitive prices, you can get the best value in the UK if you shop around.
Be Flexible with your Travel Dates: Remember that if you’re on a budget, don’t travel at peak times. Going a week earlier or later than when you originally wanted may well save you some money!
Plan in Advance: You will get the best deals available if you plan in advance. People generally book before Christmas for their summer holiday, in order to pick up a bargain.
Research and then Research some more: If you are familiar with the Internet then you will be aware of the need to plan and research where to go, and when to go! Check out all elements of the tourism mix – from accommodation to travel and the cost of it!
Sign Up for Newsletters: When trawling through online travel websites, make sure to sign up for newsletters and be the first to hear about special offers when they come up!
Select that Destination Carefully: There is a lot to be said for jetting to wherever the flights are the cheapest – but if you find that when you get there a meal for two costs £100, that is not going to do much for your holiday budget!
Alternative Destinations: You may find that visiting the main holiday centres of the UK can be more costly if you are stuck to a budget. However, there are many destinations that are emerging and may be that more competitive. Check our our guide to the New and Upcoming UK Destinations for more.
Make Your Own Entertainment: If you’re on a tight budget, saving money is the name of the game, and a holiday is not always about spending money on theme parks and visiting paid attractions! Discover the many nature trails in the UK from the Peak to the Lake District. Take a video of your treks in the wonderful wild, take photos, and if you have the kids with you, gathering video and film will add even more value to your break! Getting out and about is free, and enjoying the great outdoors will enable you to budget even more for your holiday!
Find out where there are Free Attractions: Some family attractions will be that bit more expensive to enter, especially if you are travelling on a budget. However, all is not lost! Cities like London and Glasgow to name but a few have plenty of tourist attractions that are absolutely free to enter! Read more about Free Attractions in London for kids and Glasgow Attractions.
Hire a Car: One of the best ways to holiday in the UK is to avail of a cheap car rental. A hired car gives you flexibility and independence, lets you travel at your own pace, and saves you money and time compared to public transport – you see hiring a car is a one off payment so you will not be shelling out every time you want to go somewhere to explore! Check out our Cheap Car Hire UK page for the very best in car rental deals!
Hope you enjoyed our tips as to how to Holiday on a Budget in the UK. Have you travelled around the UK on a budget? Is it a destination that you can enjoy on a budget? If you have any travel saving tips then do not hesitate to contact us and let our readers know! We appreciate your comments.