All parents will agree with me when I say it is great to go away for the weekend with your children. It really is the best antidote to a long and busy week of school and work. The only problem is if you have a very tight budget you might think that this type of trip is impossible. If that is how you feel then please read the following post as I show you ways round having very little money so that you can still enjoy that exciting trip away with the family.
Consider Caravanning Or Camping Instead Of Hotels
When you go away the bill for the hotel can take a huge chunk out of your actual holiday budget. However, if you have a caravan, tent or access to these – now is the perfect time to make use of them. As well as cheaper than a hotel, staying in a caravan or a tent is much more adventurous. The majority of camping and caravan sites charge only a small amount for you to pitch up on them for a few nights and many now have great facilities. A camping or caravanning holiday is perhaps the easiest way to plan a fun and exciting trip away for you and your family.
Bring Your Own Food
Another huge cost with any trip away, particularly one with the kids is food. If you are planning a very adventurous type of holiday with lots of activities then you and your children will be very hungry at the end of the day. One of the ways to save some money on food is by bringing your own stuff with you. By stocking up on supplies from your local supermarket you will be able to save a whole lot of money. If you are intending on driving to your holiday destination then it is better to not buy refrigerated or frozen goods. It is also a good idea to consider buying things from a supermarket local to your destination.
Plan Plan and Plan
If you plan your trip before leaving then you are bound to save a lot of money rather than if you took a more ad-hock approach. Planning ahead will enable you to figure out all the free activities that are available in the area you are planning on staying and you will also be able to figure out the cheapest way to get around and a lot of other things as well. All it takes is a little research time to check out the details of the destination you are heading on the internet. There might be some amazing things that you and your family can do while you are that other families miss out on. Coastal walkways, castle and battlement ruins, free museums and quiet and peaceful beaches are just some of the free places you might find.
Take A Creative Approach
Most cities, towns and villages in the UK have tourist attractions that cost money to enjoy, such as aquariums and zoos. If you take a creative approach however, you could find alternative ways to have a great holiday without having to spend too much money. There are opportunities when you are staying in more rural areas to hire bikes and follow specially laid out trails or you could organise some kind of treasure or scavenger hunt for your kids. The very fact that you are out and about away from home with a couple of full days to do whatever you want will make it easier to think outside of the box to have an enjoyable holiday without putting your hand into your wallet or purse too much.
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