Considering well, everything that’s gone on recently, the idea of travelling anywhere too exotic seems to be a distant dream. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of the upcoming half term and holidays later in the year. Still, any trip away can be expensive, especially for families, so here are some tips for you to budget better on your next staycation.
Know What You Can Afford
It seems obvious, but budgeting before doing anything else will help you know what you can and cannot afford. This will help narrow down your options for your destination, as well as the type of accommodation you need, whether its one of the possible serviced apartments for yourself or something for the whole family. Budgeting before choosing your destination will also help you know how long you can stay for, and it means you can work out how much you can spend each day.
Travel Out of Peak Seasons
If you’ve ever tried booking a holiday before, you know that the prices skyrocket closer to the peak seasons. While these are often more convenient for people, with the likes of school holidays and other aspects, they can severely impact your budget. Because of this, it’s useful to go out of season. But, families must make sure they do not take their kids out of school too early, although single people and childless couples shouldn’t have a problem. You can even opt for a trip within the week rather than over the weekend, as hotels will typically ramp up the prices on Saturday and Sunday to catch out anyone who fancies a city break.
If you’re struggling to afford to do everything you want to do, you can look for discounts and deals online to see if that can soften the blow. You might be surprised at how many attractions across the country will come with deals like free entry for kids or 50% off on certain days. If you are serious about budgeting for your staycation, this type of research is always useful. Furthermore, it can turn your potentially over budget trip into one that will leave with plenty of spare change that you can put towards a bigger, more ambitious holiday next year.
Pick a Place That’s Walkable
A walking holiday is not just a great way to get some exercise; it will also save you plenty of cash. You don’t want to work around getting on the bus or even renting a car, as these costs can add up. Instead, a small destination or resort that enables you to walk everywhere you need to go will reduce the sting that you’ll usually get from a holiday, and you can get plenty of fresh air while you’re outside, too. We just hope it doesn’t rain.
Staying On Budget
Sticking to your budget might mean that you can’t do everything you want to do while away. There’s just not enough time or funds to do so. However, it also means you can still get the most from your staycation and even discover some activities and adventures that you’d have never stumbled across otherwise.