• Planning a Holiday on a Budget

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    Trying to plan a holiday when money is tight can be hard, especially if you’re planning a break for the whole family. There are lots of ways to save money though, so going away somewhere nice doesn’t have to break the bank.

    Firstly you should think about where you’d like to go. It’s almost certain that popular tourist spots are going to be much more expensive than somewhere a bit different. Summer breaks to Lapland for example will be far cheaper than a trip to London. And while most people consider it primarily a winter destination, Lapland actually has a lot to offer in the summer months. You can go berry picking with the locals, hike through the stunning Finnish scenery and even experience 24 hours of sunlight on any given day.

    You should also look into self-catering while you’re away. Try to find accommodation with cooking facilities so you can buy what you need from the local supermarket and avoid paying expensive restaurant prices. You might also like to consider staying close to home. Obviously the further away you go, the more money you’re likely to spend. Staycations are becoming more and more popular now and can be a great way to get to know some of the history and culture of your own country.

    As always it’s best to book online to avoid paying any fees with a travel agent. If you can, try to book in advance. If you’re not in a position to do that, however, you may be able to find some great last-minute deals, though this can be risky if you have your heart set on a certain holiday. Before you start planning, set yourself a budget and make sure you stick to it. Do it for all parts of the trip, from flights to accommodation, food to entertainment, that way you’ll know exactly how much you have at every leg of the journey and can avoid running out of cash at the end of the holiday.

    Wherever you do decide to go, remembering that visiting destinations off-peak can reap great rewards, do your research and find out if there are any free activities on offer around the area. A lot of cultural sites have free entry and can be great fun for everyone. Also browse online and see if you can find any discount deals if you book in advance. Walking around the city or town you’re staying in can be a great way to get to know the place and to soak up the local atmosphere.

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