Whether you are arriving from abroad or simply looking to jump on the increasingly popular staycation bandwagon, few would disagree that the UK is one of the world’s hotspots for tourism.
Unfortunately, this can come at a cost. Sure, there are more expensive destinations in the world, but the UK is (and probably always will be) right up there.
Bearing this in mind, whether this is a 3-day relaxing break or something a little longer, here are some hard and fast tips to keep your costs as low as possible.
Unlike several other countries, the weather in the UK is always subject to change (and that is certainly putting it politely). We love it when the sun is shining, but we know from experience that it can blow a gasket – very unpredictably. You need to be tuning into the forecasts at least once per day and ensuring you always have a Plan B up your sleeve if your preferred outdoor choice is “inaccessible”.
On a similar note, make sure that you are dressed appropriately, so you don’t have to turn around and head back just because it starts pouring. It’s also worth noting that some attractions are either partially or fully weather dependent, so do your research beforehand.
Stay away from tourist traps
We are not saying that you need to steer clear of all tourist attractions; simply avoid those that are touristy for the sake of it.
Tourist attractions like Madame Tussaud’s and the London Eye are fantastic, but they are also hugely expensive. Sure, they should probably be on one of your bucket lists, but if you are serious about saving the pennies, this is one trip that could exclude them.
Instead, head off the beaten track and think outside the box. Have you always had your heart set on Bournemouth? Perhaps look towards nearby Eastleigh, which is within a short distance and still has plenty of worthwhile attractions of its own.
Never pay full price for attractions
You will rarely be forced into paying full price for an attraction. Nowadays, the on-the-door price is the last resort – and one that should only be paid if you’ve exhausted Plan A, B, C and Z.
Most of the high-profile attractions in the UK have 2-4-1 vouchers or, failing that, at least have a discounted online price. This is one of the easiest ways to save money if you plan your UK getaway.
Listen to the locals
In a nutshell, this is one of the best ways to get insider information on good and bad deals all across a city. Locals are always the people to speak to if you are looking for hidden gems and undiscovered (and occasionally free) sights and activities. Many love to talk about their town and often just want an excuse to do so. You might not be the most extroverted person around, but in the interest of cutting costs on your local getaway, this can be the most powerful tip of all.