As the world reopens its doors after a gruelling few months in lockdown, a summer holiday is now potentially on the cards. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, many have had holidays and events cancelled in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions ease, it is now possible to leave your home and go on that trip you’ve been dreaming about whilst stuck inside.
Recent months have affected many people in many different ways. After the loss of jobs and increase in redundancies after businesses take a hit, many people have been affected financially. This most likely means that a holiday wouldn’t seem possible. It has been uncertain what travel will look like in this new normal, and more importantly, what costs it will come with. Many assumed it would be super expensive to travel abroad post lockdown, but, that isn’t necessarily the case and you can still get a good deal. However, the safest and cheapest option right now would be to stay in the UK. There are many beautiful spots and tourist destinations on home turf and now is the time to make the most of them! Check out our money saving tips and start planning your summer holiday on a budget…
Avoid peak times
After finally being allowed back out into the world after going a bit stir crazy, we bet you could do with a holiday. When browsing potential UK holiday destinations and planning where to go, bear in mind that everyone else is in the same boat so it may be best to hold off for a bit or pick a weekend that may not be as busy. Peak times tend to include school holidays and bank holidays, as well as any time there is a large event in the surrounding areas. Prices tend to reduce in the Autumn time so if you are really looking to save money, maybe book a trip towards the end of the Summer (or later, if you can wait!) and give yourself something to look forward to.
Do your research
Budgeting requires planning. It is easy to arrive at your destination and spend each day out and about, entertaining yourself with whatever you come across without thinking about unnecessary costs. Researching and planning before your trip means you can get an idea of what is around, the best deals available and stay within budget. Sites such as Travel Supermarket allow you to compare prices and ensure you get the best value for money wherever you are going.
Dining out in restaurants and cafés is a great way to immerse yourself in the local way of life and try out traditional delicacies. The only downside is that it can be quite expensive, especially if you have a large family. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not an option. These days, there are loads of great deals and offers out there that mean you can still indulge without going over budget. The same applies for days out and entertainment, with plenty of vouchers and discounts available online. Check out our top tips for the best cheap meals out and how to save money on your final bill.
Find different ways to travel
It may seem extremely convenient to drive or Uber everywhere, however, this can be fairly costly. Consider others ways to get around that will be much cheaper and also allow you to have the best tourist experience. Busy cities have great public transport in the form of buses, trams and trains. Many also now have bikes or electric scooters to rent and explore the city in your own way. If opting for a more countryside or coastal retreat, take your own bikes on the back of your car and explore the scenery our wonderful country has to offer when you are wanting to go out and about.
Consider alternative accommodation
Whilst a cosy countryside spa or seafront hotel may be at the top of your list, you can still have a great trip staying in some cheaper alternatives. Rental cottages on AirBnB, static caravans or even a tent can provide you with a comfortable stay and full amenities for you to enjoy the local surroundings without breaking the bank.
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