How nice it is to get away from the daily grind once in a while and feel the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and the sand beneath your feet!
Great if you have the cash but what if you don’t? What if you can’t afford Cannes or to visit Vienna? Just because you can’t jet off doesn’t necessarily mean a break is out of the question.
While we cannot wave a magic wand and transport you overseas, we can give you some ideas on how you can make your budget stretch that bit further!
1. Go camping
The great outdoors beckons and it’s so much cheaper than staying in a hotel and if you have kids, they’ll love it. Some campsites have the new style wooden pods so if the bugs bother you, you can rest behind closed doors. Cooking for yourself is also a lot cheaper and much easier with the kids in tow. If your campsite allows it, cooking on an open fire adds to the experience!
2. Bed down
If you really like to sleep in a bed and not a tent – find a Bed & Breakfast – they offer inexpensive and personal touches that a big expensive hotel cannot. They are also situated in a wide range of locations not serviced by the bigger hotels and can sometimes provide you with much more detailed local knowledge of the area.
3. Book last minute
If you are prepared to take a small risk, there are always bargains to be found – especially if you look online. Decide which weeks you are prepared to travel and start looking about one to two weeks before.
4. Book inclusive
Look for totally inclusive holiday packages where you and your family can enjoy a break without having to pay separately for anything. If you are prepared to stay within the hotel grounds, you will save a small fortune!
5. Stick to your own country
It’s pretty rare that someone has visited all the towns and cities within their own country – see what’s out there and you might be surprised. Discovery aside, you’ll also be supporting your own country’s economy.
6. Register with a number of holiday companies
That way, you will receive any holiday offers, discounts and last minute bargains immediately by email as soon as they become available, rather than having to scramble for the offers that go on general release.
7. Read the small print
Keep an eye out in the national newspapers, some companies offer huge discounts on their holidays or flights if you collect a certain amount of vouchers from the paper.
8. Stay at home
Treat yourself to a week of relaxation in your own house and garden – invite family and friends and experience how relaxing your home can be with a little consideration of your own space.
9. House swap
There are many agencies that specialise in arranging house swaps throughout Europe and even internationally. Some swaps even include the use of cars to ensure that you are literally home-from-home when on holiday.