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Although travelling in the UK can be expensive, there are some really easy ways to stop the cost of your break from spiralling out of control. Keep a lid on the cost of your holiday and have fun at the same time. Here are some top tips for taking a trip to the UK on a budget.
Getting from A to B on a budget
Getting around is one thing that can really eat into your holiday budget in the UK if you aren’t careful. The cost of train travel can vary immensely so booking in advance is always a good idea if you know the dates and times that you wish to travel on. The TrainLine is an easy to use website for trains or check out Mega Bus for really cheap inter city bus travel around the UK.
If you are have use of a car to travel around the UK then use one of the many park and ride bus systems that mean you can avoid having to navigate around city roads and having to purchase expensive city parking too. Winner!
There are plenty of options for eating on the cheap in the UK. Eating in your accommodation is usually one of the most cost effective ways of feeding yourself, with supermarket own brand products representing the best value for money. If you are staying in self catering accommodation, like a hostel or holiday cottage, then eating a good breakfast and taking a packed lunch with you can save you having to splash out during the day.
If you do want to eat out, scan local newspapers and leaflets for discount vouchers in some of the most popular chain restaurants. Think about when you are eating out too. Many restaurants offer a special lunchtime menu or a cheaper evening offering during the week – great news if you want to eat out at a nice restaurant without breaking the bank.
Much of the food that the UK is best known for really won’t break the budget though! Traditional foods like fish and chips, Cornish pasties and full English breakfasts can be picked up for just a couple of pounds and let’s face it, no trip to the UK would be complete without trying these!
There are loads of cheap accommodation options in the UK. From budget hostels that are great for people travelling on their own, B&B’s and hotels for extra privacy and self-catering holiday cottages for rent that are great when you are travelling as a group or want to stay in the same place for a while.
Look after the pennies and pounds on days out
Visiting popular tourist attractions and theme parks can quickly run a hole in your budget. But, by being savvy and doing your research you can make sure that this doesn’t happen. Search online for two for one discounts or details of off peak cheaper entry and you can save a fortune. Also, if there are a few of you going then it may be worth looking into if you can get a group discount.