Top Tips for UK Travel on a Budget

Travelling is a wonderful way to see the world, explore new places and immerse yourself in a different culture. However, it can be expensive, particularly if you are a frequent traveller or you’re with the whole family.  Luckily, there are many ways in which you can cut costs and stick to your budget without compromising your travel adventures.

We just spent the Summer in the UK and we had a great time, but we definitely did find it expensive, despite staying with family!

Here are some top tips and ideas to help you make your money stretch further and ensure you have a memorable trip for all the right reasons! Perfect for a trip to the UK, or even for a staycation if you’re already living there!

top tips for uk travel on a budget

Be Flexible

It’s often possible to get much better deals by shopping around and experimenting with different dates and travel options. Whether it’s flights, accommodation or tourist attractions, you never know what deals you might uncover until you look.  Of course most people don’t have HUGE amounts of flexibility in their travel dates, but you’ll be surprised how much travelling one day earlier or later can make in your costs!

Top Tips for UK Travel on a Budget

Accommodation

Five-star hotels are without doubt the dream.  Lets reality check though, the chances are that they will be out of your budget. Instead, make sure to do plenty of research and shop around. As I’ve said before, deals can be found all over the place!  So, always make sure you are happy with your choice and price before booking anything.

Similarly, it may be a good idea to consider alternative accommodation options to your traditional hotel. There are B&Bs all over the country, camping is always a cheap option, and cheap caravan holidays don’t have to mean giving up all your favourite home comforts. Plus, an alternative method of accommodation could be a great way to pique the kids’ interest in your trip!

Transport

Taxis are appealing, but public transport is far cheaper and often a more efficient way to travel in the UK. For instance, if you are visiting London or staying in the capital, the public transport networks including the Underground and London buses are fantastic. Seriously, you don’t need car hire in London!

Conversely, if you are planning to do a tour of the country or will be visiting multiple places, a hire car could be a great way to save money on train or taxi fares while giving you the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.  Outside of London rail costs are often hire than hiring a car!

Eating Out

Takeout coffees, delicious brunches, late lunches and hearty dinners.  There are countless amazing places to eat and drink in the UK.  Before you know it, your food costs can really begin to rack up. If you are in self-catering accommodation during your trip to the UK, cut costs by eating in, at least some of the time!

When you’re eating out opt for more budget-friendly restaurants – especially if you are travelling with a large party.   Again, think ahead and look online for places doing discounts and offers.

Top Tips for UK Travel on a Budget

Attractions

This will entirely depend on what you’re planning, but there are always ways for the budget-savvy traveller to cut costs. Again, make sure to research before you travel. That way you can budget for the costs, such as entry fees.   Many big attractions have huge offers year round so look online for discount codes or where to get coupons.

There are endless of opportunities to get out and explore the great British countryside for free – who says you can’t experience the UK on a budget?

 
Obviously, not all of these ideas will work for everyone.   But I hope that they at least give you a little inspiration on how small changes can give you big savings!  UK travel on a budget is definitely possible, even with a family!

Planning a trip is one of the most exciting parts of the whole adventure, so make the most of it and get ready for the getaway of a lifetime!

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I DO! 6 Honeymoon destinations newlyweds WANT to travel to

I DO! 6 Honeymoon destinations newlyweds WANT to travel to

Many brides to be will tell you that choosing their honeymoon destination is almost as difficult as the wedding venue!  Whether it’s a far flung beach in a stunning, tropical location, a city that’s full of culture and bright lights or maybe something that’s a little more budget friendly.

If you’re struggling for inspiration then don’t worry.  Check out these 6 top honeymoon destinations that newlyweds want to visit!

Seychelles

Seychelles is undoubtedly one of the ultimate honeymoon destinations.  I promise there’s no bias  because I live here!  If you are dreaming of white sandy beaches, ultimate luxury, and relaxation, then look no further!   Island hopping here is a must, as each island offers something unique!

If you’re looking for a little adventure during your stay, try Scuba Diving, or one of the many beautiful hikes across the islands.

Seychelles is also a must visit for honeymooning couples with an interest in environmentalism.  There is a vast array endemic species to discover – many of which are endangered.  Eight national parks, six of which are marine parks, mean that there are many unspoiled and protected areas to explore.  There are also two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Vallee de Mai and Aldabra.  Many hotels, and resorts have their own environmental programmes, and actively encourage their guests to get involved.  The government is working hard on environmental issues too, plastic bags have been banned for more than a year, and plastic straws are also soon to be banned.

Niagara Falls

Everyone should see the beautiful and dramatic falls at least once in their lifetime.  So, why not incorporate it into your honeymoon?  The crashing, cascading and roaring water has attracted couples in love for centuries and it’s still ever popular.

There are plenty of places to stay around the area, each with an abundance of honeymoon and romance packages.  Check out Marriott on the Falls for a little inspiration.  While many people travel to distant lands with white sandy beaches, some prefer the magic of being close to nature whilst not leaving the city to far behind. Just don’t forget your rain coat!

Alaska

If you picture spending your honeymoon in a bikini and little else, then perhaps this one isn’t for you.  Alaska calls to couples of an adventurous spirit – for those who prefer their beaches icy cold and bracing!  Take your own guide across a beautiful ice capped mountain and a glacier or two!

With its abundance of wildlife at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, including humpback whales, bald eagles, puffins and even bears, Alaska is the honeymoon that just keeps on giving.  Just be sure to pack plenty of layers!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

You might be thinking of Amsterdam’s famous coffee shop scene or of course it’s liberal Red Light District, but if you think that’s all Amsterdam has to offer then you’d be wrong.  Steeped in history with beautiful architecture this blissful city will swallow up honeymooners with it’s rustic and laid back charm.  Walk or cycle through the city’s historic streets, have a drink and a bite to eat at one of its many open air cafés and restaurants and enjoy 5* cuisine at the canal side.  One thing is certain – you’ll be back!

Cotswolds, England

If the idea of the romantic English countryside makes your heart flutter then a honeymoon to the Cotswolds is calling.  This breathtakingly rural area filled with rolling hills, charming Medieval villages, gorgeously thatched cottage roofs, not forgetting meadows as golden as the local stonework that will simply take your breath away.

With hotels and charming Bed and Breakfasts housed in 18th Century buildings you can experience the very best of what the English countryside has to offer.  From homemade jams, cheeses and preserves to idyllic country views and vistas that are straight out of Jane Austen novel.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Another destination for adventurers or those that want to see nature at it’s most beautiful.  Endless opportunities for trekking and hiking, bathing in hot, steamy springs and lagoons and of course, the ultimate in romance – the Northern Lights.

 

 

I hope that this gives you some inspiration if you are planning your honeymoon!  I’d love to know if there is anywhere you would add to this list?

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