This year has been challenging for many. For most families, going on an expensive long-haul holiday is unrealistic to say the least. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a relaxing getaway.
Many Brits are now opting out of the hassle of foreign travel and a potential quarantine upon return and instead choosing the humble staycation. With staycation enquiries increasing by 300% in the past year, we’ve put together some money-saving tips to help you make the most of your staycation.
Find a suitable time to go
The age-old trick of booking holidays out of peak season is a given, but have you considered the impact the time of travel has on your getaway?
Getting stuck in traffic is not only boring but costly. After all, the longer your journey takes, the less fuel-efficient it is likely to be. To avoid this, try to travel either early in the morning or late at night. You’re far less likely to be stuck in traffic that way.
Hunt for discounts
If you’re looking for accommodation for less, the good news is that a lot of websites offer discounted rooms. Many websites offer preferential rates for first-time customers or referrals, so you can save some money while still getting the same sense of luxury.
If you can, booking last minute can also be a great way to save. There are lots of last-minute travel websites that will give you the latest offers and prices on a range of fantastic hotels.
BYOF (bring your own food)
While nobody is saying not to eat out at all, a great way to save money is by bringing your own food. By choosing accommodation with appliances and taking some rations with you, you can save money on meals out by simply cooking at home.
Why not print off the recipes for some family favourites before you go to make life easy?
Make sure to get insurance
With so much uncertainty around even domestic travel, it’s always best to opt for insurance.
Make sure you thoroughly check your insurance small print as well as the cancellation policy of your accommodation. It always pays to be prepared!
Along with the rise of staycations, there has also been an increase in scammers looking to capitalise on the staycation trend. The Travel Association is reminding people to think twice before handing over personal details or payment information.
When going on your staycation holiday, paying by credit card can give consumers added protection should anything go wrong.
Choose money-saving activities while you’re there
Not everything you do on holiday has to be (or should be!) expensive. If you’re looking to save money, you might be surprised at what you can do at a minimal expense.
Consider walking tours, picnics, bus tours or even free museums to keep you busy without spending a fortune.
Fortunately, you can still have a relaxing getaway without damaging your bank balance. By planning your itinerary carefully and being savvy with online discounts, you can enjoy your next staycation on a shoestring budget.
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