Travelling abroad is somewhat risky at the moment due to COVID-19 and countries shutting their borders to international visitors with little notice. It’s for that reason many Brits decide to have a holiday in the UK instead of venturing to sunnier climes overseas.
You’re probably here today because you want to plan a staycation, either by yourself or with your partner or family, and you want to keep your spending to a minimum. After all: the UK isn’t exactly known as a cheap travel destination!
With that in mind, take a look at these cheeky tips on how you can save money on your staycation:
Book Things Online
It’s no secret that many tourist venues charge more for entry at the door rather than if you pre-book. Thankfully, you can arrange to visit all sorts of attractions via your smartphone, and it’s something you can do while you’re away as well.
Never assume the price you pay at the door is always the same as it is online. You could potentially save hundreds of pounds by simply buying tickets or passes to various attractions online!
Take Out Some Travel Insurance
Why on Earth would you need to take out travel insurance, you ask yourself? After all, you live in the same country that you visit, and treatment for any medical emergencies will be free under the NHS.
The truth is, UK travel insurance can help you and your travelling companions in many ways. For example, what happens luggage gets lost or stolen, or smartphones get damaged during your adventures? Travel insurance will pay the cost of repair or replacement of those items.
Make Your Meals at Your Accommodation
If you’re staying in a self-catering cottage or apartment, for example, you will undoubtedly have access to cooking facilities. It makes sense to cook some of your daily meals at your accommodation as it will save you a lot of money compared with eating out each day.
Plus, if you or any member of your party have food intolerances, you can easily cater for them rather than worrying about the ingredients in meals prepared in cafes and restaurants.
Check for Discounts From Your Employer
Many employees in the UK will have workplace perks like discounted rates for top UK attractions, restaurants, and accommodation. Before you book anything for your staycation, it makes sense to check if you can use any eligible discounts.
You can usually find such information on your company’s intranet (internal website) or in your employee handbook. Otherwise, ask your boss or your employer’s HR department for more information.
Travel Off-Peak on Public Transport
One final tip if you’re planning to use public transport on your travels is to use off-peak services. Peak times are typically during the morning and evening rush hours.
Sometimes it’s possible to buy day travel tickets that you can use at any time of day or night if you want to travel during peak periods. Check with the transport provider their ticket prices and if there are any peak restrictions.