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Mar 01

How to have a fun but cheap holiday in the UK

We all get a little stuck in our travel routines – whether it’s ski trips in the Alps or sunny holidays in Menorca.

While the grass often seems greener on the other side, how much of the UK have you actually seen? The future buying power of the Pound is up in the air following Brexit, so opting for a holiday in the UK on home turf couldn’t be better timed.

No matter where you’re based, in all four corners of the UK (and everywhere in between) there’s something for all tastes and budgets. Best off all? You can scrap the all rigmarole of airports and plane trips, these sights are just a simple bus, train or ferry ride away. Here are some holiday tips to plan for an inexpensive trip in the UK.

  1. Avoid the crowds, and travel off-season
  2. Be flexible with how you get to your chosen destinations
  3. Avoid hotels, and opt for alternatives with self-catering
  4. Forget London and discover some of the UK’s forgotten gems
  5. Save on public transport and venture off the beaten (tourist) track
  6. Discover nature’s (free) open air museums with the nation’s National Park

 

1. Avoid the crowds, and travel off-season

Rhossili Beach in Swansea, Wales

Rhossili Beach in Swansea, Wales

For the travel-savvy amongst us, it’s a well known fact that travelling in the off-season is a great way to save money. Avoid busier crowds and take advantage of cheaper travel tickets and accommodation by booking outside the high season.

Devon and Cornwall are blessed with milder climates, making trips in spring, autumn and even winter a pleasant option. If the weather turns, just take up the local remedy and stop by at one of many picturesque nooks for a cream tea, often accompanied by a crackling fire.

 

2. Be flexible with how you get to your chosen destination(s)

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A great tip which is often overlooked is checking the coach for your connection. Coaches have a bad ‘rep’ for taking much longer than the train, however you’d be surprised to know this is not always the case! There are a number of coach routes that are actually quicker and cost a fraction of the train price.

The coach from Cardiff to Bristol, for example, shaves 23 minutes off your journey and is typically 30% cheaper than the train. You’ll find more examples of routes that are quicker (and cheaper) by coach here.

So next time you’re planning a trip, why not keep your options open and use GoEuro to find the route that best suits you? The travel search engine works with most UK train, coach and flight companies, and allows you to compare all the options in a single search.

 

3. Avoid hotels, and opt for alternatives with self-catering

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Save on accommodation by opting for an AirBnB rather than a pricey hotel. From sofas to spare rooms to spacious studio apartments, properties all over the country are are being added to AirBnB allowing for travellers to have a number of accommodation options.

Select your destination and scan the map to find accommodation that matches your needs and budget. For the slightly more daring, turn your holiday into adventure by packing a tent. There are over 5,000 campsites in the UK and pitching a tent for a night can cost as little as £5 – a great way to get back to nature!

 

4. Forget London and discover some of the UK’s forgotten gems

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The Roman Baths in Bath

When you think of buzzing cities, London shouldn’t be the only one to come to mind.

Why not Bath and Bristol? Two for the price of one, these neighbours are just a short train ride away from each other (we’re talking 15 minutes!). Though both buzzing university towns, each maintain their distinctive charm.

Head to historic Bath to do as the Romans did and relax at the traditional baths, or wander round the city and explore Georgian architecture at its best. Then, skip over to Bristol, with its burgeoning cultural scene. Many of its 19th Century industrial harbour re-purposed, hosting events and lively bars. For more idle members in your entourage, remember there’s whole countryside filled with gastropubs at your doorstep.

 

5. Save on public transport and venture off the beaten (tourist) track

Group of friends sightseeing in London

The best way to see a city is on foot, outside the capital – most UK cities can be explored by walking. Rather than buying transport tickets today and ticking off the city’s must-sees quickly, take a leisurely walk off the beaten track to get a real feel for the neighbourhood. Checking out the city yourself can always feel like an accomplishment rather than ticking off the tourist guides recommendations!

 

6. Discover nature’s (free!) open air museums with the nation’s National Parks

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Delamere Forest in Autumn

Outside city life, walking in Britain’s countryside allows you to see some of the best views in the country.

We’re lucky to have thousands of public footpaths up and down the country, so what better way to make use of a long weekend in the Winter by exploring one of the UK’s Area(s) of National Beauty (AONB).

Pack the sleeping bags and tent and head to the Peak District for an adventure holiday on a budget!

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