With October mid-term on the horizon, families will be looking for fun activities to do during the week, and for those looking to get away from it all, heading to a nearby location doesn’t need to cost a fortune. .
Mom Jenna Carr has shared some money-saving travel tips so you can enjoy a good vacation without breaking the bank.
Keep everything within walking distance – and make it a business
Jenna said: “Choosing a vacation spot where everything you need is within quick walking distance means you don’t have to worry about the transportation budget during your stay as you’ll save tons on travel costs. gasoline and public transport.
If you are in a place surrounded by natural beauty, you can take a long walk with your family.
Do a “treasure hunt” for the kids with a list of things they need to spot along the way to keep them engaged and entertained on the ride.
“The UK has many options to inspire a walkable holiday, so it’s all about choosing the best one for you and your family.”
Look for low-cost, kid-friendly entertainment
The travel expert said: “Consider destinations with lots of free things to do.
“Whether it’s a beach where you’ll spend most of your day, or an area with lovely long walks.
“Choosing locations with on-site entertainment can also help mix things up while reducing fuel costs.
“I always make sure I know where the nearest parks and playgrounds are, as they are a cheap and fun way to cheer up a grumpy kid!”
Buy smart and pack smart
The former NHS doctor said: “The benefit of a staycation is that you have no restrictions on luggage weight, liquids or the size of your bags.
“If you’re traveling by public transport, you still want to pack sensibly and pack as little as possible.
“Make sure you have all the cosmetics you need before you travel and look for the best deals if you don’t already have what you need.
“You can’t guarantee there will be a cheap store at your destination, and you might end up paying above the odds at a fancy store or supermarket buying whatever suits you.
“Packing smartly and stocking up on essentials means that, if you want to provide a meal for the family while you’re away, for example, you can do so without tightening the purse strings.”
Discover British heritage
The mum said: “We base a lot of our UK holidays around national parks that we would like to visit.
“Country holidays offer a vast expanse of unique wildlife to explore, scenic walks and botanical gardens.
“Most national parks and nature reserves are free, while others require membership, although generally children get free entry.
“Museums and monuments also play an important role in our holiday as they make for a great day out to immerse yourself in history and culture, and all have free entry into the UK.”
Jenna has teamed up with Verdant Leisure to share these budgeting tips so vacationers can focus on making memories, not stretching pennies.
Stacey Hope, Director of Communications at Verdant Leisure, added: “UK holidays have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, with so many sight seeing.
“The best part is that there’s something for everyone, from relaxing beach vacations to adrenaline-filled adventures.
“Holidays can also be arranged on a tight budget without sacrificing fun, just requiring a little thought and planning.”