Inflation Who? 10 Tips to Enjoy Your Trip on a Budget!
Do you dream about exploring new horizons, only to have the dreaded “I” word ruin everything? Inflation is a constant worry for many and has made many families cancel annual trips and holidays because of high travel costs. Fortunately, there are tips you can follow to enjoy your next trip despite rising inflation and without burning a hole in your pocket.
Explore the Road Less Traveled
Whether you’re traveling long distance or staying close to home, you should skip the touristy hotspots and explore lesser-known destinations instead. While London, Edinburgh, and Bath are undeniably popular, the United Kingdom is a treasure trove of hidden gems.
From charming villages nestled in the gorgeous countryside to breathtaking coastal towns, off-the-beaten-path locations offer unique experiences that won’t break the bank. In particular, places like St Ives in Cornwall, the picturesque Cotswolds, and the Scottish Highlands will be well worth exploring.
Search for Bargains When Flying
Don’t let soaring airfare dampen your wanderlust spirit. Before you book accommodation, search for budget airlines and flash sales. You may find combo specials and snag some great deals. Websites like Skyscanner and Kayak should be your new best friends when you want to find affordable plane tickets.
Also, try to be flexible with your travel dates because midweek or shoulder season flights usually have a much lower price tag. Don’t forget to book in advance and consider flying to alternative airports a bit further away from your holiday destination to save even more on fares.
Board the Budget Train
You can even forego planes altogether and choose a destination reachable by train. Travelling by train within the UK is an excellent way to save money while enjoying magnificent views. Take some time to plan your journey and take advantage of off-peak train fares. You can also buy a rail card to save even more. Additionally, if a train ride is on the itinerary for your next trip, you should book your tickets long before the time to secure the lowest prices.
Bed and Breakfast Bonanza
Going to upmarket hotels is always a treat, but if you want to save more than a buck or two, you should opt for bed-and-breakfast establishments instead. Here you will find excellent accommodations, comfortable surroundings, a hearty English breakfast, and handy tips on where to start exploring.
Pack a Picnic
Delicious food is a must during any trip, but when you start eating out for every meal, you will soon deplete your budget. If your holiday includes sightseeing, you can pack a picnic for whenever you’re outdoors. Visit local markets or grocery stores and grab some cheese, fresh bread, fruit, and sparkling water for a mouthwatering feast. Not only is this a budget-friendly way to eat, but you can also take in spectacular sights at the same time.
Don’t forget to pack a blanket or beach towel for a picnic in a park or at the beach.
Find Free Attractions
The UK offers numerous free attractions scattered across its landscape. From world-class museums to beautiful parks and public gardens, you can experience the best of British culture without spending a single penny (except maybe for food!).
London is home to the renowned British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate Modern, all offering free entry to permanent exhibitions and galleries. Here you can also take a walk-through Hyde Park and appreciate the sights and sounds of nature as you pass the several statues and memorials.
The best way to find free attractions is to research your UK destination before you leave.
Choose Public Transportation
Cities in the UK have bus and railway systems that can transport you to your desired destination at a fraction of the cost of a private taxi. Consider purchasing a travel card or using contactless payment options for seamless and affordable commuting.
Get a City Pass
City passes offer discounted access to several attractions. Even better, they often include public transportation options. The London Pass allows you to visit the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Churchill War Rooms. The Edinburgh City Pass offers access to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and unlimited hop-on-hop-off bus tours. You can find city passes online or at local tourist offices.
Plan for Off-Peak Seasons
Timing is everything when it comes to travelling on a budget. Firstly, you should avoid peak tourist seasons like summer and school holidays. Consider planning your trip during spring or autumn when the weather is still good but the prices are better. On top of saving money, you will also have fewer crowds to contend with — win-win!
Find Local Deals and Coupons
Holidays should be about fun and relaxation, not worrying about money. Luckily, several websites offer discounts on activities, dining, and accommodations. Take advantage of these deals to stretch your travel budget even further. You might find discounts on city tours, spa days, or local restaurant meals. Also, follow the social media accounts of local establishments, so you will be among the first to know about exclusive deals and promotions.
There you have it: ten tips to take your mind off inflation and pave the way to an affordable adventure. And the best part is you can adapt these tips to help you plan international trips too!
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