Posted on January 31st, 2016
Many of you may currently be thinking about your holiday plans for the coming months; you may be planning a romantic break with your loved one, a family holiday or a get together with a group of friends. Whatever your style of holiday, the cost of getting away can sometimes be an important factor to consider and if you’re looking to book a trip but are on a budget, we have some inspiration on how to keep the costs down while making sure you still get your well deserved break!
Search the Remarkable Holidays Website
First things first – finding your accommodation. Our website has a section devoted to self-catering accommodation under £350. Simply visit this section from the homepage and enter your search criteria to browse cottage listings in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to suit your budget.
Cook your meals
The beauty of a self-catering holiday is in the name, you not only have the freedom to eat at times which suit you, but you also are able to cook the meals you like without having to pay to eat at hotel / restaurant prices. Of course this doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself; you are on holiday after all! But instead of eating every meal out, visit the local supermarket and buy in groceries for your breakfast and pack up a picnic for your lunch for when you’re out and about. You could eat out at a restaurant for half your holiday and for the other half you could whip up some culinary delights – you may even find some lovely local produce on your travels to try!
Book travel and attractions in advance
If you are planning on travelling to your chosen destination by train, it would be a good idea to book your ticket in advance of your departure date as they may be cheaper; sometimes you will be able to make a huge saving on longer journeys. If there are any activities or attractions you are wanting to visit while on holiday, it may also be worth checking the relevant websites to see whether you can get a better deal by booking online.
Search for printable voucher offers
This is also a good tip for at home as well as on your holiday. Visit websites such as vouchercodes.co.uk and you will be able to search for restaurants, shops and attractions which may have an offer running, for example 30% off mains at a restaurant chain.
Do free or low cost activities
Having fun on holiday and spending quality time with the family doesn’t have to cost a fortune, in fact there are many things your can do for free. If you and your family are the active types then pack up a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors together; for example, take long walks in the countryside or by the coast, bring your bikes along and go cycling through a woodland trail or if you’re lucky with the weather, simply relax on the beach. If the weather is not on your side or you simply wish to soak up some of the local culture, look into some nearby museums and galleries as many allow free entry or just charge a small donation.
Start a holiday fund
Start putting small amounts of money to one side each week until you go away, so by the time you set off you will have saved up a nice amount of holiday spending money. Putting away £20 a week can really add up – over the course of 12 weeks this would give you £240! This can sometimes easily be done by cutting out takeaways / bottles of wine / coffees for a few months and by saving bit by bit, this means you’re not making a big dent in one months pay cheque.
So search for your ideal self-catering holiday cottage, do your research and start that holiday fund!