The holiday season is, for many of us, either here or fast approaching. But with the cost-of-living crisis casting an ominous shadow over proceedings, many holidaymakers may be looking at ways they can cut costs during their longed-for break.
Whether you have booked your trip and need inspiration for affordable activities or have yet to arrange your holiday and are looking for ideas for budget breaks, read on.
For experts at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have researched the most effective ways to save money when holidaying in this country.
They suggest booking out of season, looking out for free activities when you’re there and making use of discount codes for attractions.
Other tips include ways to save on the cost of the journey to your holiday destination.
John Stirzaker from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “With summer approaching and Britons feeling the pinch, many will be looking at ways to holiday for less. We decided to look into the eight most effective ways to save on a British break.
“You will see a dramatic reduction in your holiday spending if you’re savvy about avoiding peak times when booking and seeking out the best deals in advance when it comes to restaurants and attractions.”
Here are the tips in full:
1. Book your holiday off peak, if possible
This one might be tricky if have children but try to avoid booking your holiday during bank holidays and the peak summer period when prices rise.
If you are booking with school aged kids, go towards the end of the summer holiday when prices begin to fall again. Also, check the school term dates to see if there are any inset days which work in your favour.
2. Consider going camping
Here’s another one for anybody yet to book – have you thought about camping?
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but even if the idea of sleeping in a tent doesn’t appeal, many campsites offer glamping options such as bell tents, shepherds huts or cabins. You could also hire a camper van – try Airbnb.
Camping is certainly the cheapest and most effective way of keeping costs down while staying in a rural British destination.
3. Avoid booking a holiday during big event dates
You’ll be paying higher than usual rates when a gig, sporting event or festival is taking place due to demand for accommodation, NetVoucherCodes warned.
Be sure to research the area you’re visiting and avoid booking when an event is taking place across your desired dates.
4. Save money on your holiday by being smart about travel
If you are driving, fill up with fuel at your local supermarket or petrol station before setting off. Using supermarkets, which are generally cheaper, to refill if necessary on your journey or during the holiday.
You can also save on parking by researching the cheapest parking provider closest to your destination.
Pack a picnic and snacks before you leave to avoid being tempted by treats at the service station.
If using a car isn’t essential to your journey, you could save a considerable amount by taking cheaper transport such as a coach.
NetVoucherCodes explained coach travel is particularly handy for city destinations in the UK. Travelling by coach during off-peak times further reduces the price of your holiday transport.
5. Try to find free activities
Whether you’re heading on a city or rural break in the UK, there’s always free activities on offer that will save you some pennies.
Research museums, historic houses or reservoir walks in the area, allowing you to make the most of the spend-free activities the destination has to offer.
6. Look for vouchers to get money off attractions
You can still enjoy an action-packed holiday on a budget by planning your activities around vouchers and discount deals to find extra savings on entertaining days out.
7. Keep down the cost of eating out
If you’re cash-strapped but want to experience dining out on holiday, sign up to email newsletters with restaurants in the area to receive their latest meal offers. Check out these voucher websites to find the best deals for dining out.