With economic conditions showing no signs of brightening, many of us are looking to cut our expenditure across the board. Here’s how you can enjoy a great getaway without doing too much damage to your wallet.
- Staycation: Domestic holidays have enjoyed a popularity boom in the years following the credit crunch, and if the Government has its way then 2012 will see the numbers of staycationers rise yet again. A new £5 million campaign by VisitEngland is taking advantage of events such as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics to encourage Brits to stay at home and explore the Great British countryside. Despite the rising costs of petrol and holiday homes, you can still save money by avoiding international travel.
- Discover caravanning: Whether you’re planning on travelling to the continent or enjoying a staycation, caravanning is the perfect way to slash your budget without sacrificing style or comfort. Forget run-down mobile homes – static caravans are the new ‘glamping’, and a great alternative to pricey holiday cottages. You could even consider buying your own. Organisations such as Park Resorts have static caravans for sale in stunning sites across the country, with prices starting under £20,000 for your own holiday home.
- Hunt for cheaper deals: Flights and accommodation are the two big expenditures for overseas holidays, so the more you can save on these two biggies the better. The key to cutting costs is to compare prices – even if you’ve found a hotel that you love, you might find that comparison websites offer cheaper deals than you can receive by booking directly. When it comes to flights, find out which airlines fly to your destination of choice and then visit their websites separately to see which offers the best deals. Other ways to save money include travelling out of season and booking well in advance of your travel date.
- Save money in small ways: It isn’t just your flights and accommodation that can deplete your wallet – other holiday costs such as airport transfers and parking can do serious damage to your budget. Find the best deals by booking in advance, and by considering all-inclusive package holidays with no added extras.