Cheap holiday fun - how to have amazing holidays without breaking the bank

Lots of people are struggling with money at the moment and the tough economic climate means many of us have to prioritise and weigh up our options before making any big purchases. One thing you might not be willing to sacrifice for the sake of some extra cash is your annual summer holiday. After all, we work hard all year and deserve a well-earned rest.

The problem is, if you’re on a budget you can’t go swanning off on expensive trips to Hawaii or some equally exotic location, so you need to find a holiday that’ll be great fun, without breaking the bank.

Here are a few tips on how to enjoy yourself this summer, even if your income is limited.

Stay in the UK

This is a pretty obvious one. A holiday here in Britain is likely to be much cheaper than jetting off abroad – you won’t have to pay for flights for a start. It’s much easier to keep track of how much you’re spending if you don’t have to change your currency, and while there are so many accommodation options available, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

Look for last-minute deals

If you’re not fussy about when and where you want to go, check out some of the last-minute deals available. Airlines and holiday companies will want to make sure all their spaces are filled so they’ll sometimes drop their prices at the last minute to attract a few more customers. Unfortunately, this might mean you’re getting the seats no one else wants because the flight is at 3 o’clock in the morning, but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Book well in advance

Booking a holiday way in advance also has its advantages if you know exactly where you want to go and have a good idea of dates. Early bird tickets can save you a few pounds, although you might lose some money if you have to alter arrangements at a later date.

Go self-catering

Obviously if you’re on holiday the last thing you want to be doing is cooking and cleaning. But by opting for a self-catering package you could save yourself quite a bit of money. If you’re in the UK check out some local pubs that will probably do cheaper food than proper restaurants, investigating beyond the popular tourist trails when you’re abroad can also save you money, as well as help you discover some hidden gems with fantastic authentic food.

Check all-inclusive deals

Going all-inclusive can sometimes be cheaper than booking the various parts of your holiday separately. Look around on the internet for deals instead of heading straight to your local travel agent, as this can often save you quite a bit of money.

Group holidays

If there are a few of you who want to go away try looking for large apartments you can all stay in together, or ask about group discounts. You might be surprised at just how much money you could save by booking a break with some friends or another family.

Free attractions

When you’re on holiday do your research and look for free things to do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the attractions on offer and quickly learn some of the more popular sights are very overpriced. Plus, think about things you can get out and do yourself, like walking, cycling or relaxing on the beach. All of these won’t cost a penny and are a great way to get a feel for the area you’re visiting.


Janice Lincoln is a travel and finance writer specialising in quick payday loans on behalf of Wageday Advance, who knows that when that budget really can’t stretch it’s almost always possible to get fast loans from wageday advance.