How to save on your domestic holiday
Published: Monday 27th Apr 2015
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Most of us want to get away from the hustle and bustle once in a while, but with the rising cost of just about everything, which one of us can realistically afford to treat ourselves to an annual holiday?
If you have a tight budget but still want a city escape, then the best alternative for you would be a domestic holiday. Although a recent survey of 1,000 holidaymakers conducted by online travel firm. On the Beach found that many believe a trip abroad will end up costing less, you can definitely snare some great domestic bargains.
In addition to doing less damage to your bank account, holidaying overseas can be more stressful as it involves travelling to and from airports as well as luggage restrictions. In fact, a separate survey revealed that more than a third of respondents believe travelling within the UK will result in a more relaxing time when compared with a trip abroad.
So, how can you go about saving on your domestic holiday? Here are some tips:
1. Go self-catering
Accommodation is undoubtedly one of the biggest costs of any holiday. To get better value for your money, try self-catering options as opposed to staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast. Self-catering properties gives you the flexibility to cook your own meals, meaning you can choose when to go out for a nice meal and when you might want to make your own dinner.
If you are travelling with your family or in a group, hiring a big enough self-catering property will also likely work out cheaper than renting individual hotel rooms for each person.
2. Look out for special deals
Most of us are adept in finding special discounts on overseas holiday accommodation or packages, but when it comes to domestic travel, few of us know where to look. Rather than just visiting travel websites like TripAdvisor for the latest deals on the accommodation you are interested in, you can contact the hotel, B&B or self-catering holiday specialist directly for their best deals.
For example, if you would like to come down to the Northumberland region, one of the best places to look for discounts on self-catering properties would be the Late Availability Deals section on the Grace Darling Holidays website. With special offers on numerous properties along the stunning Northumberland coast, you can pick up some great bargains for your travels.
3. Cheaper eats
Eating out every meal can be expensive if you don’t plan ahead. It is therefore a good idea to do some research on which cafes and restaurants offer value for money in your chosen holiday destination. You can also find vouchers or offers on OpenTable, which could give you up to a 50 per
cent saving on your bill.
4. Time your visit
Unless you are travelling with children and are therefore restricted to holidaying during term breaks, you are well advised to time your visit to avoid busy times of the year. You will find better accommodation deals and have a more relaxing experience as well, as you won’t have to face long queues at major attractions.
5. Look out for freebies
Many museums, parks and other local attractions around the country don’t charge an entry fee. Make sure you take advantage of these and incorporate them in your overall itinerary!