Saving money on food when on holiday

If you are going on holiday and do not have any meals included in your trip then you can often expect to spend up to £100 per day on food and drinks for a family of four. This amount can quickly rise if you are having bottles of wine with evening meals or three courses when eating out. With this in a mind, a cheap 3-night getaway can very quickly become an expensive trip and this is one of the things that many people forget to budget in when away.

Depending on what accommodation you have, you may be able to take food to make whilst you are there. Taking cereals, bread for toast or croissants can save a family of four around £10 – £15 a day compared to eating out for breakfast. This is also true when it comes to eating lunch. A simple sandwich, fruit and crisps can cost less than £2 per person compared to £5- £10 per person is opting for a pub lunch.

If you do not fancy doing a food shop and taking it all with you, then look around for a local supermarket before you go and once you have unpacked, go and buy just enough food to get you through the time you are there.

 

Booking day trips when abroad

If you are going abroad this year and thinking of booking a few days trips then you may be tempted to book directly with your tour operator. Although this may be the most risk-free way of booking and you will be able to sort out all the arrangements prior to going, it is certainly not the cheapest and may mean that you do not get such a personal experience as booking with a local company. If you are adamant that you want luxury, everything to go to schedule and to know that your trip is booked with ahead of time, then you will probably be best to book directly with the tour operator. If you don’t mind things maybe being a little more relaxed and are happy to be transported in smaller vehicles with a local tour guide then why not shop around for a company that is in the area. These types of companies often know the areas better, know where to go for the best viewing and may even be able to throw in a few extras free of charge.

You can still book trips with third-party tour companies prior to travel allowing you to pay on a credit card giving you that little bit more reassurance that you are covered should they not turn up etc.

 

Booking overnight accommodation

If you have been invited to a wedding, have to stay away for a night on business or are going to visit a friend or family member then you may look to book a hotel or B and B for one night. When looking at places to stay, there are some things you need to consider which could impact the price and availability.

Ideally, you want to book your hotel as early as possible to secure a good price and to ensure you have somewhere to stay. This is especially true for weekends or school holidays when places often get booked up pretty quickly.

When shopping around be sure to check if one-night stays are an option at your chosen accommodation as some places will have a minimum two-night stay policy. Have a look on some of the comparison sites such as Booking.com and Hotel.com to try and find the best deal but before you book remember to ring the venue directly as they will often be able to undercut the price you have been quoted.

If you are going to a specific place, then be sure to check how far the hotel is away from where you need to get to and if you are not going to be driving, check there is adequate transport to and from the destination.

 

Stratford upon Avon for a family mini break

Stratford upon Avon is a town situated in the West Midlands in the county of Warwickshire. It is famous for its medieval history and was home to the famous play writer, William Shakespeare. It is the perfect place for a mini break with family or friends and has a number of interesting places to visit.

If you fancy taking a step back in time, why not visit the places around the town linked to William Shakespeare such as the house he was born in or his wife, Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

Not far away from Stratford upon Avon is Warwick where you can find the fascinating Warwick castle. The castle was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and is now open to the public to explore. There is a number of things to do inside the castle and outside and if visiting without young children, the dungeons are a must. Even if the weather isn’t great, there is still plenty to do inside the castle, with walkthroughs and exhibits in a number of rooms. Warwick castle is lee than 10 miles away from Stratford upon Avon and there are often buses that run to and from the two towns.

 

Family get away in the snow

If you are looking for a wintery holiday this Christmas but don’t fancy hitting the slopes skiing or snowboarding, then there are still plenty of other activities that you can do and places to visit full of festive cheer. Europe has a number of places that are fantastic for winter trips away and with flights costing so little, these getaways won’t break the bank either.

Why not head out to Bruges, where the whole city is now classed as World Hertitage. Once you arrive there it is easy to see why, with its cobbled streets and ancient canals and historical buildings, this city is a place that fascinates many. If you have children with you, then you may want to take a trip to the chocolate factory, Choco-story. Here you can learn all about how chocolate is made and have a go yourself. Even if you don’t have children, this is still an enjoyable trip for adults too!

You can pick up direct flights from London to Bruges for under £70 at the moment making it a very affordable trip and one you will remember for a long time to come.