A vacation in Great Britain does not require you to spend more money than necessary. Use these nine suggestions to have a vacation at home that won’t break the bank.

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Despite the fact that trips to the United Kingdom are simple to plan and less likely to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they frequently come with a hefty price tag. The cost can quickly add up when lodging, meals, and days spent travelling to various attractions are factored in. But if you are willing to make a few simple adjustments and put some of our advice into practise, you should find that spending your vacation at home can become much more affordable.

Despite the fact that trips to the United Kingdom are simple to plan and less likely to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they frequently come with a hefty price tag. The cost can quickly add up when lodging, meals, and days spent travelling to various attractions are factored in. But if you are willing to make a few simple adjustments and put some of our advice into practise, you should find that spending your vacation at home can become much more affordable. Video: five ways to save on your UK holidays Play Video

1. Opt for a vacation spot that is less expensive.

It might surprise you to learn that the location in which you choose to stay has a significant impact on the cost of the cottage. Holidays in the north of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all tend to be cheaper (per person, per night) than the rest of England. When we compared prices for stays of comparable lengths in the South East to those in Yorkshire and the Humber in June 2020, for instance, we discovered that a cottage vacation in Yorkshire and the Humber for six people could be approximately £450 cheaper overall, bringing the total to $1,466.

2. Locate a budget-friendly place to stay three miles down the road.

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It is possible for vacationers to save more than £400 on a one-week trip within the United Kingdom simply by exchanging a well-known location for a similar destination that is located only a few miles away. We compared the average prices of hotel rooms in ten of the most popular cities, towns, and seaside resorts in the United States with the prices of rooms in nearby locations that are very similar. What is the result? Guests could save between £24 and £59 per room, per night when they went on vacation.

3. Do some research to find the hotel room rate that offers the best value.

When looking for a place to stay, you should definitely shop around. Check out sites that compare prices, like Travelzoo or Booking.com, and make sure to always check with the hotel directly to see if they have any deals that are worth taking advantage of.

You might not always be offered a better price, but in exchange for booking a room with them, they might throw in a free breakfast or a discount on the evening meal.

It’s definitely worth giving it a shot. Participating in a free loyalty programme offered by a hotel chain or a hotel booking website is another way to earn rewards. With enough points, you might be able to get a room upgrade, discounted room rates, spa credits, or even a later check-out.

4. When making hotel reservations, try to avoid making them during events.

Because of the increased demand for hotel rooms during major sporting events, music festivals, and other types of live performances that take place in a particular region, you can expect to pay a premium for your place to stay. Pick a different week to travel to, unless you have something in particular you want to see.

For instance, the cost of a bedroom in Cheltenham during the week of the Gold Cup horse race meeting can be almost six times higher than the cost of the same bedroom during any other week. We also discovered that if you went to Milton Keynes the week after the Silverstone Grand Prix, you could get a bed and breakfast for more than sixty percent less than normal.

If you are flexible with the dates of your stay, you should check to see if the hotel’s website provides a monthly view of the rates.

5. If you want to save money, keep an eye out for discount coupons and deals offered by attractions.

 

Keep an eye out for discounts offered by visitor attractions. Websites of tourist boards make an excellent point of departure. In addition, discounts are available on the website daysoutguide.co.uk, which is affiliated with National Rail. Train travel is required in order for you to be eligible for the offers. If you’re going to Brighton, for instance, you can take advantage of a deal that gives you two admissions to the SEA LIFE aquarium for the price of one. The entrance fee is reduced by £21.50 for couples who pay together. Make sure that you check the value of any deals you are considering purchasing by doing the appropriate calculations first. You should make sure that you have a plan to make the most out of your attraction saver pass, for example, which allows you to visit a wide variety of attractions within a specified period of time. If you do not have such a plan, it may be more cost effective to pay for the attractions individually. Learn more about the historic sites that have received the highest ratings in the UK.

6. If you eat out less frequently, you can save money on food.

Do not let the pricey a la carte menu of a fine-dining restaurant discourage you from going there. Check to see if they have any deals on set menus earlier in the day rather than ordering a la carte. At a much more reasonable cost, you can take pleasure in the same delectable fare and attentive service. The only thing you need to do is start eating a little bit earlier.

Customers who dine early at chain restaurants like Cote Brasserie can save money on their meals thanks to the restaurants’ excellent value-for-money deals.

7. If you want to take a vacation in the United Kingdom, you can pay for it by buying your groceries.

Even though there are other supermarket loyalty programmes, Tesco has partnered with a considerable number of establishments and organisations that offer attractions and accommodations.

Customers who want their holiday spending money to go further should participate in this programme. Every time you shop at Tesco, your Clubcard will be credited with a certain number of points. One pound sterling is equal to one point.

If, on the other hand, you use them with a Tesco Rewards Partner, such as Pizza Express or Legoland Windsor, the points are worth three times as much, which means that the same fifty pence are worth one and a half pounds each.

Are you looking for a weekend break in the United Kingdom? [Link] will take you to a page that lists the places in the United Kingdom that have been rated the highest in terms of the quality of their accommodations, restaurants, and other attractions.

8. To save money on your car rental, make your reservation through a broker.

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According to the findings of our investigation, customers can, on the whole, save money by booking their travel with a broker rather than doing so directly. The best brokers will also provide complimentary additional services. If you use our Recommended Provider, Zest Car Rental, which is known for its pricing transparency and customer service, you will be eligible for excess reimbursement insurance and, in many cases, a second driver will be provided at no additional cost.

When we were looking into renting a car for a week in Glasgow, Zest quoted us a price of 203/Dollar, which included an extra driver. When I booked through Dollar direct, the price for the same car with an additional driver was £268. This results in a cost savings of £65.

9. Reduce your expenses by splitting the cost of your vacation home with another family.

Why not invite some of your close friends or family members to stay at your self-catering property if the government’s COVID regulations permit it during your trip? When looking for lodging, it is typically more cost-effective to book a room that can accommodate four adults or more rather than a similar option for just two people.

After searching on the website of Airbnb, we discovered a one-bedroom apartment in St. Florence, located close to Tenby, that would cost us £573 for a week in the month of September. A cottage in the village that could sleep six people and had room for two additional children and cost $584 per night was also available. That works out to a savings of £281 per household, or a total of £292.