10 Days out on a budget in 2015

New year may be over and we are all feeling a bit flat, why not plan some days out on a budget to cheer yourselves up ? Spending quality time with your family and friends over the Christmas holidays may have reignited a passion in you for the company of others. This could be the year to explore some new passions in your life, get out the house and spend more time in the company of people that you love. Why not consider a few new hobbies? In the UK we are spoilt for choice for exciting places to visit, art and history to enjoy and delicious food to indulge in. If you’re willing to do a little research, you will find a wealth of cut price options available to you. You don’t need to break the bank to have a good time. Here are ten options that offer great times, adventure or simply entertainment that should suit almost everybody’s budget.
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Holiday cash saving tips

Going on holiday can be an expensive experience,  Spend the wrong way abroad, and you could be wasting ££s every time you shop.  Specialist cards allow you to get perfect rates every time you spend overseas.  But it’s not just having the right card. There are a host of other tools, tips and tricks that we’ve designed to help you get the most bang for your buck. Here are our top holiday cash saving tips…

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Holiday money saving ideas

Money saving for familiesFly further, stay longer  

You may pay more for the initial flight, but once you get to some far-flung destinations, your money should go further.  It is now possible to stay in a boutique hotel in Buenos Aires for almost a third of the price than one would pay in Paris. 

 ‘For example, seven nights at the uber-chic Hotel Costes in Paris would cost more than £3,400 per person, whereas a week in a high-end boutique hotel in the trendy Argentinian neighbourhood of Palermo would set you back just £1,218. Even when you take flights into consideration, which would typically cost £700 return to Buenos Aires, the savings are considerable.’ 

Cruising deals  

Cruising has been one of the biggest growth areas of travel in the past few years.  Companies such as Thomson are offering savings of up to 40% off the brochure price for cruises to the Canaries. The company promises all couples will save at least £100 on cruises booked online throughout January, with cruises now starting from less than £500 per person. 

   

Take advantage of the sales  

 The tourism industry launches its sales at the start of every year with the aim of getting Brits to book their summer holidays early.  on the High Street, these sales started early – having launched in December – and it’s been – and continues to be – possible to pick up some great bargains already for 2012. Given the economic slowdown, the sales are expected to hang around. 

Holiday in the UK  

The UK tourist indistry has received a boost due to the increase in Staycations.   It has been predicted that the number of families choosing to take their annual summer break in Britain next year could increase by at least a million. 

Change your holiday habits  

 The number of people taking a two-week long haul break has declined by 3% since 2003. But the frequency of short haul holidays has been on the rise. A return to the traditional two-week holiday could actually prove to be the cheaper option when compared with multiple expensive city breaks taken throughout the year. 

 Out of season holidays 

Although it may not always be possible with school holidays, but by holidaying out of season can be financially beneficial. 

Not only will you be treated to fewer crowds, you’ll get some great deals too.  Alternatively, swap the beach for the mountain, many people travel to Chamonix in the French Alps in the summer, as they do in the winter, and there’s a good reason for it – the resort is renowned for hiking and gastronomy, plus it’s only an hour’s drive from Geneva. 

Travelling to the southern hemisphere during British summer time is another way to save money by travelling ‘out of season.’ Travelling during Australia’s winter and early spring – June through September – offers significant discounts from peak period rates. Flights to Melbourne with Qantas for example start from around £624 return in June, rising to circa £1,150 return for flights in December.  

Rise of the Staycation

The Staycation or taking a holiday in the UK rather than going on h0liday abroad – has become a growing trend in recent years.  The Staycation has provided a boost to UK resorts, with there being an increase in the number of people taking up camping and using B and B’s in recent years.

Holiday experts are attributing the rise in the Staycation to the recession and the growth in austerity measures.

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The National Trust has seen growth in visitors to their locations, with National Trust properties in the south-west have also been welcoming growing numbers of visitors. Across the country, visitor numbers are up 20% this financial year compared with the same period last year.

National Trust properties in the south-west have also been welcoming growing numbers of visitors. Across the country, visitor numbers are up 20% this financial year compared with the same period last year.  Internet searches on Devon and Cornwall’s coasts were up by 75% in June compared with the same period last year. Blackpool, Brighton, Bournemouth, Torquay, and Newquay are among the resorts that have been doing well, according to the site, while wilder places such as the Northumbrian coast and the Western Isles of Scotland are also attracting interest.

That holidaymakers are eking out their cash is shown in another key Cornish indicator. Pasty sales have risen dramatically, because, according to the bakers, families are treating themselves to a picnic rather than a trip to the pub.

Another resort that seems to be doing well thanks to investment from the local authority is Boscombe, long seen as Bournemouth’s poor relation. It has invested millions in an artificial surf reef and though it is only half built, there were eight-foot waves there this week and surfers flocked there.

Festivals are also doing good business. The culture minister, Ben Bradshaw, is among those present at Latitude in Suffolk this weekend. The organisers of the Port Eliot festival in Cornwall, the beguiling mix of literature and music in one of England’s loveliest stately homes, have noticed that visitors seem to be booking in there for next weekend and using it as an exciting curtain-raiser for their summer break.

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Compare airline prices

Use the internet to research the different airlines that are travelling to your destination.  If you are flexible with dates, search other dates to compare the prices. Try many of the main well known websites.

Last Minute  or Early travel bargains

  • Take advantage of cheap early bird deals.  These deals can offer some great prices if you book at least 3-6 months in advance.
  • Sign up to travel websites, airlines and other newsletters to receive sale prices directly to your inbox

Holiday Accomodation

  • Check websites for hotels and decide what features you will need, child friendly, pool etc
  • Take into account bonus offers and their value. For example, Free breakfast deals, Pay 3 nights Stay 4, Kids stay free, Upgrade offers. These can save you a good amount of money- so check out which hotels offer these. Most travel brochures will have these deals printed below each accommodation venue.
  • Consideryour destinations local websites to book direct. This cuts out the surcharges from the “middle man”.
  • Get travel brochures from your travel agent or order online to compare hotels their facilities and bonus inclusions.

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Save on Tours

When looking at tours compare organised tours Globus with independant travel options such as Eur0rail passes. These independent travel options  will cost a fraction of the price and will assist you to organise your prefered accommodation options for your location from camping to quality hotels. Many will offer traveller info on popular sights and allow you more flexibility and freedom with your travel plans.