Home sweet home – a ‘staycation’ summer

Guest blog post from Tracey Davies, PayPlan

With summer holidays coming to a close, a lot of families will be thinking about heading off on a late holiday.

Mother and kids hiking in sunny forestBut if you’re trying to rein in your spending, you might find that it isn’t financially feasible to go far.

As the cost of living increases, the popularity of ‘staycations’ is soaring as more people opt to stay at home – however it’s not always the most affordable option.

With the cost of attractions, activities and eating out in the UK relatively high, it can still add up – but it doesn’t have to.

Being prepared can help you have a great holiday at home without breaking the bank and our tips can show you how.

Budget: It’s always a good idea to create a budget, whether you’re going away or not. Start by being realistic about how much you can afford, taking into consideration admission prices, petrol and parking costs.

Plan ahead: Now you know what you can afford, list the places you’d like to visit, making note of the costs and driving distance. Get the whole family involved and all pick a place to go.

Look for vouchers:  Vouchers are a great way to have a day out without breaking the bank with many places offering discounts and money off vouchers. Keep your eyes peeled online and in newspapers and make sure you check the websites of the places you are visiting; some attractions have discounts or free admission on particular days of the month.

Free day outs: Entertaining the troops doesn’t have to cost a fortune– but it doesn’t have to always cost anything either. There are lots of activities to do for free.  From museums, parks to nature trails and scenic walks, your bank balance doesn’t need to take a hit in order to enjoy a day out.

Take a packed lunch: So now you’ve chosen where to go, take a packed lunch along with you to help reduce the overall cost of a day out.


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