There are plenty of options for having a truly fun-packed holiday in the UK, and these come without the stress and threats of flights being cancelled at the last minute.
Fun can be had anywhere if the mood is right, and there is plenty of freedom to just pack up and go when it suits you and your holiday party. Here is a guide on planning an cheap family holiday in the UK.
Select your location carefully
There are many locations available for a cheap little getaway, whether it is with the kids or even just for the parents; but it is important to get the location right for everyone’s enjoyment, and for a holiday to actually work as a relaxing break rather than just being somewhere else to have arguments.
Make sure that you are aware of what everyone wants from the holiday, especially if you are travelling with older kids or parents. And if your parents are a little bit infirm, a little more care is probably required in the selection process.
There are plenty of locations available with beaches, woodland, historic towns or cities with nightlife for those who like to have some entertainment in the evening.
Of course, the main drawback when holidaying in the UK is the weather – which unfortunately, we cannot do anything about. However, there are certain areas of the UK that are renowned for certain types of weather, so your best bet is to be prepared for all outcomes.
Look for cheap accommodation
There are many different options for cheap accommodation, depending on what type of holiday you are looking at. Most places have bed-and-breakfast facilities, whether it is in a B&B, a youth hostel or a hotel of some sort. However, there are other options, such as camping, which can be a significantly cheaper option – though perhaps not so good if your elderly parents coming along.
If you want the cheapness of the camping holiday but a little more comfort, maybe a motorhome or caravan would be more appropriate for you and your family. Buying a motorhome does not have to be expensive. There are many available on the second-hand market, and remember that when you have purchased one, you are your own boss, and any holiday can be a home-from-home experience. If you are interested in what your perfect motorhome could look like, searching online for a used motorhome Manchester could show you what is on offer.
Plan your activities
When choosing to have a cheap holiday, make sure to plan most of your days. For example, when exploring the great outdoors plan to take picnics, or at a push, take advantage of the meal deal offers in supermarkets. This will reduce the cost of the days out to mainly ice creams or cream teas, which should always be on offer and enjoyed by many.
However, to make sure that the holiday does not feel tight or restrained in any way, it is a good idea to schedule in at least two days where having some expense is ok. This could be going to visit somewhere that is a bit pricey or having a posh meal out.
When planning, make sure that all tastes are catered for across the time period you are away, and that nobody is left out. Put structures in place and give alternatives so that if the day does not go as planned, there is a fallback option available.