Whether you choose to holiday at home in the UK or you prefer to head off to foreign climes, it is possible to enjoy a holiday without breaking the bank. UK holidays, or “staycations” as they are known in some quarters, enable you to travel less and spend less although, in reality, it is possible to holiday abroad on a similarly tight budget by taking advantage of last-minute deals and all-inclusive package holidays.
Planning ahead is a great way to save money. Not only does booking early usually mean that you can afford discounts on hotels and travel expenses but it means that you can start to shop around and buy everything you need during the sales and when you see them on offer. Packing for a fortnight away can cost you a lot of money but by getting in early you can pick up some of the best deals on the best items.
In contrast, if you’re able to be flexible about travel times and aren’t too picky when it comes to destination, last-minute deals can provide an inexpensive holiday option. Travel agents and websites provide details of cancellations and these are offered at budget prices to ensure that hotels and flights are full. You can book flights, package deals, and even cruises in this way.
All-inclusive deals can be an inexpensive way to enjoy a great holiday. These include everything from the flight to accommodation and even your meals and drinks. There may be some restrictions, in some cases, so do check these. You may, for example, find that the bar is only free until a certain time and most all-inclusive deals do not provide for premium brand drinks but they do offer great local alternatives.
Plan some aspects of your holiday ahead of time and don’t be afraid to take advantage of the free amenities and any free trips offered by your hotel or your holiday company. Free bus services are often run, while on-site entertainment can work out considerably cheaper than heading into the local tourist hotspot to enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat.