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.

Family Holiday Saving tips

Holidays are so expensive for families, so here are 5 handy holiday money saving tips

Changing your Money

If you’re exchanging a few hundred pounds then I wouldn’t waste your time penny pinching, just head to the local post office or travel agent and get your currency. On the other hand if you’re want to change a lot of money, then I’d recommend visiting a few places to compare prices.

Of course you could check the internet for exchange rates to compare rates, but you could always check  this with a few travel agents and your local post office to get the best rate for your money.

Getting around

Rather than renting a car, why not use the local public transport system. It’ll be cheaper, and it’s much more environmentally friendly and I always think its safer to get a local to drive anyway. So why don’t you get to know your holiday location by jumping on a bus or tram and find out where all the attractions are.

Another good form of transport to find your where around is your legs! Just be careful where your walking and don’t wander around alone at night. It’s free and much healthier for you than sat in a car or a bus.

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Mobile telephone

My advice to save money is, leave the mobile phone at home. If you need to speak with a family member or a friend then use a local telephone box, which is much cheaper. We’ve all heard the scary stories of  huge mobile for a few calls made when abroad, so avoid any scares.

Sun tan oils etc.

Sun cream, deodorant from my own experience has been much cheaper to buy abroad than in the UK. Once you’ve checked into your holiday accommodation, head to a supermarket where the locals shop and you’ll find it’s much cheaper and if your travelling light your deodorant, creams etc won’t be seized.

Additional costs for your holiday

Don’t assume that it’s cheaper to get to your holiday accommodation by the tour operator – compare it with local taxis, and in resort airport transfer companies.

Bear in mind that on a tour operator coach you’ll have to visit all of the hotels in the resort, so it might be quicker and less hassle to find your own way there. With regard to in-flight meals, if it’s only a few hours flight, take your own sandwiches or buy them at the Airport

Top ways to save on your summer holidays

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A few weeks ago Teletext holidays asked more than 1,000 parents throughout the UK for their best advice on how to save money on a peak season getaway. As a result the firm has combined the results with some of its own insider knowledge from its own travel experts to create a list of the top 30 money saving tips for family holidays. 

1. Hunt for vouchers: If holidaying in the UK, the internet can be a great place to search for money off and “two for one” vouchers to family restaurants. 

2. Free child places: Every year holiday firms offer thousands of free kids places and they’re even available on some long-haul trips to Florida and The Caribbean. You may have to book early, normally January or February to secure these. 

3. Kids eat free: For holidays in Florida or anywhere else in the US look at mykidseatfree.com which allows you to search for restaurants with special offers for little ones. 

4. All-inclusive: Families who don’t opt to go all-inclusive spend on average around £420 on holiday buying groceries, eating out, drinks, ice-creams and attractions. More hotels offer all-inclusive options now which means all food, drink and many activities are covered in the cost – so you don’t even need to take a purse out with you in the evening. 

5. Peak season savings: Some holiday companies do offer peak season savings on family holidays. Look out for their advertised exclusives and family savers. For example Disneyland Paris is offering up to 40% off plus up to two children under the age of 7 “stay and play” for free, if you book before the end of June. (terms and conditions apply) 

6. Eat where the locals eat: Not only will it be better value, you also get a chance to introduce the kids to the real local culture. Ask reception staff at the hotel or holiday reps for advice.