Weekend trips away tend to be overpriced and overcrowded. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Between pre-booking activities and travelling with friends, you can have a fantastic weekend even on a budget.
Here are a few ways you can get access to incredible deals on your next trip away.
If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, let low prices determine where you are going. Flights and accommodation are the most expensive part of going away, so make sure to look for affordable options.
However, if you are set on a particular destination, try to be flexible with the dates you can travel. Use Google Flights to find the cheapest dates to travel and look out for price drops.
Choose free activities
Tourist activities and iconic landmarks will take a considerable chunk out of your budget. Opt for free events, like galleries, street markets and free concerts to save a few pennies. You can find free events in local newspapers, websites or ask a friendly local for advice.
If you want to see a particular tourist site, look out for deals online before paying the full admission price. You may be able to get a cheaper deal and a few extras thrown in. Just make sure to read the fine print in case they have hidden any restrictions or limitations.
Instead of renting a car, use the local public transport to get around. Take a train to a city nearby or use the local bus network to get across town.
Travel in a group to save money on accommodation and transport. Hiring a car becomes a lot cheaper when five of you are splitting the cost. You can even opt for slightly more luxurious options, like a hotel with a view, when you share a room with people.
Dates to book off
Plan your trip in advance so you can make the most out of your annual leave. Travelling in peak times, like school holidays, is far more expensive compared to the spring or autumn seasons.
Try to book time off work around bank holidays so you can spend a few extra days at your destination without using up precious annual leave time. For example, you can turn 23 days of annual leave in 53 by booking days between April and May bank holidays.