If money’s tight then you may well feel that going on vacation is out of the question, especially a European vacation. However, the UK can provide plenty of opportunities to get away without you spending a fortune, meaning you can still travel without worrying about how much you’re spending. We all deserve a holiday every now and again, and here’s how you can do it on a budget in the UK.
4 tips to vacation in the UK on a budget
1. Either book far in advance or last minute
When booking your vacation, you should either do it well in advance or last minute to get the best deals. If you do it well in advance then you can get some really great rates. Depending on the type of vacation, you may be able to pay it off in installments to reduce the financial impact.
Alternatively, you should look into last minute deals. Hotels don’t want empty rooms, so if you wait until last minute you can grab some really great bargains. Obviously, you probably can’t be too picky on where you want to go or stay, but you may be surprised at what you can get just a couple of days before you plan to go. UKBreakaways and similar sites offer great last minute deals throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Pontin’s and the Channel Islands. Shop around to find the best deal.
2. Consider hostels
While hostels aren’t common in the US, they are prevalent throughout Europe. With a bit of research, you can find one to meet your needs at a great price. Hostels have become family friendly, and most require an en suite accommodation for family travel. While en suites cost more than basic hostels, they are less expensive than hotels. To find hostels all over the UK, YHA is a great resource.
3. Consider free attractions
You’d be surprised at how many sights and attractions around the UK are actually free of charge. Obviously if you’re just going sightseeing then it costs absolutely nothing wander around somewhere and take some photos, but there are plenty of museums and galleries that offer free admission as well. London, for example, may strike you as expensive, but when you consider you can visit the National History Museum, Science Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, and many, many more places all free of charge (you can make a voluntary donation if you like), it suddenly becomes a lot more reasonable.
4. Investigate your travel options in country
Traveling to and from your destination can often be one of the most expensive parts of the whole thing, but some methods are cheaper than others. If you’re traveling by train, booking as far in advance as possible is best. By doing so you can get tickets for a fraction of the price. Buying two single tickets rather than a return ticket can also sometimes work out cheaper depending on the routes and the times of day. If you’re driving, then you could consider a car share with other people going the same way as you and then split the price of fuel, parking, etc. Check out liftshare.com for more information on this (of course, carshare might be a bit more difficult for family travel because of the size of the group). And you could always consider flying; the price may be more reasonable than you think as you’re only flying within the country.
International flights alone are expensive so using these 4 tips to vacation in the UK on a budget will help keep overall costs down. Book at the most economical time. Consider hostels for a really low budget vacation. Visit free attractions to save on entertainment costs. Investigate rail, car and air costs for traveling within country. Using these tips your vacation dollar will stretch further — you’ll see more and do more, for less!
Have you traveled to the UK? What did you do to keep costs down? Please share here or on Facebook! I’d love to hear your ideas.