With the Easter holidays approaching, you might think it would be nigh on impossible to have a little getaway with the family for anywhere near a reasonable price. However, that’s not the case – if you’re savvy and are able to put in a bit of Googling, you might just be able to bag a last minute break without breaking the bank. Have a little read of my top tips below, and I’m sure I’ll be able to help!
If you can, leave it to the last minute..
If you’re like me, you’ll want everything organised well ahead of time. However, sometimes the biggest savings can be found by holding your nerve and waiting to the very last minute. Ultimately hotels and holiday places would rather earn SOME money than no money, so it’s worth waiting it out to see what’s available. Sites like Late Rooms.com are packed with offers if you’re okay to leave it for a few days before. Also places like Bluestone and Center Parcs offer last minute deals, usually when someone else has cancelled. You might not get it at rock bottom prices because, after all, it is the school holidays – but you’ll definitely get some kind of discount.
Restaurants and Food Outlets are absolutely desperate for business right now, so you might find that taking your family out for dinner could cost less than you think. Before you make plans, have a little Google and see if a restaurant you fancy has any deals on, or perhaps vouchers. There are a lot of ‘Kids Eat Free at Half Term’ offers floating around. But do some searching you might find a voucher to get ‘2 for 1’ on main courses, or ‘Free Dessert’. The best place to start is at the website of the restaurant, most will have ‘Offers’ pages. If you find your deal on a random ‘Voucher Codes’ site, check that it’s legit before ordering, you don’t want to end up ordering ALL THE FOOD and finding out the voucher isn’t valid any more, or worse still – fake!
Let the train take the strain.
You might think that trains are expensive, and yes, they can be. However, if you book in advance the price plummets – you’ve probably got just enough time between now and the Easter Holidays to grab a bargain. Before you book, check out deals on travelcards and season train tickets too, you might find some further savings there. I do like taking the train because it means you get more focused time together as a family. You don’t have to concentrate on driving, you can just relax and watch the world go by with them!
If you do go by car, fill up cheaply.
A few supermarkets run promotions whereby if you spend ‘x’ in store, you get a voucher for discounted petrol. Keep an eye out for these! Supermarket petrol is often cheaper anyway, and further discounts are good. Also, the petrol nearest to you might not be the cheapest. The petrol station nearest me is often 5-10p per litre is more expensive than the one 10 minutes away – it pays to travel a little further sometimes!
There we are, a few tips to have a bargain getaway over the Easter Holidays – do you have any tips? Drop a comment!
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