With the half of October approaching, families will be looking for fun activities to do during the week, and for those looking to get away from it all, traveling to a nearby location doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Mom Jenna Carr shared some money-saving travel tips so you can enjoy a good staycation without breaking the bank.
Keep everything within walking distance – and turn it into an activity
Jenna said: “By choosing a vacation location where everything you need is quickly accessible on foot, you don’t have to worry about budget for transportation during your stay as you save tons of money on gas and public transportation.
If you are in a location surrounded by natural beauty, you can make an activity of taking a long walk with your family.
Create a “treasure hunt” for the kids with a list of things to see along the way to keep them occupied and entertained during the walk.
“The UK has plenty of opportunities to inspire a walking holiday, so it’s all about choosing the best one for you and your family.”
Look for cheap, kid-friendly entertainment
The travel expert said, “Consider destinations with lots of free things to do.
“Whether that’s a beach where you’ll spend most of the day, or an area with nice long walks.
“Choosing locations with on-site entertainment can also help mix things up while keeping fuel costs down.
“I always make sure I know where the nearest parks and playgrounds are, because that’s a cheap and cheerful way to cheer up a cranky kid!”
Shop smart and pack wisely
The former NHS doctor said: “The great thing about a staycation is that you have no restrictions on the weight of your luggage, liquids or the size of your bags.
“However, if you travel by public transport, you still want to pack wisely and take as little as possible with you.
“Make sure you have all the cosmetics you need before you travel and shop around for the best deals if you don’t already have what you need.
“You can’t guarantee that there will be a budget store at your destination, and you could end up paying above expectations at a fancy store or supermarket if you buy something that’s convenient.
“Packing smartly and stocking up on the essentials means that if you want to treat the family to a meal while you’re away, for example, you can do that without pulling the wallet.”
Experience British Heritage
The mother said: “We base a lot of our holidays in the UK around national parks that we would like to visit.
“Rural breaks offer a vast expanse of unique wildlife to explore, scenic walks and botanical gardens.
“Most national parks and nature reserves are free to visit, others require membership, although children usually get free entry.
“Museums and places of interest also play a big part in our holidays, as they are a great day out to immerse yourself in history and culture, and all have free entry in the UK.”
Jenna teamed up with Verdant Leisure to share these budget tips to ensure vacationers can focus on making memories, not stretching pennies.
Stacey Hope, Communications Director at Verdant Leisure, added: “Holidays in the UK have become increasingly popular in recent years, with so much sight-seeing to do.
“The best part is that there is something for everyone, from relaxing beach holidays to adrenaline-packed adventures.
“Staycations can also be done on a tight budget without sacrificing fun. It just requires a little careful consideration and planning.”