I don’t know about you, but this never ending sodding bad weather is making me want to flee. Combine that with the fact that I haven’t escaped the island for at least three months and I am suddenly lusting after a holiday. Sadly, we aren’t millionaires and we have two delightful money sponges (aka the children) and that means the only last minute break we can afford is a budget one! That’s why I have an arsenal of tricks for saving the cash when it comes to a last minute break.
You want to find the cheapest flight possible and an app like Skyscanner will do that for you at the touch of a button. If possible, you should avoid travelling at the weekend as this is when flights tend to be more expensive. Also, if you are flexible with your times and you are prepared to go very early in the morning or very late at night, you will pick up some better ticket prices.
Lastminute.com is perfect for finding some bargain last minute hotels. Their “Top Secret” hotels are a really good option. You won’t be told the name of the hotel until you have booked but you will be told its star rating, rough location and the facilities that the hotel has booking.com also has some fantastic deals on last minute hotels. Just make sure that you properly take the time to research the different hotel options and use TripAdvisor to check any ratings.
You could also try an Airbnb for some alternative accommodation. Who needs a hotel when you can stay in your own luxurious apartment and come and go as you please?
Consider A Staycation
You might be thinking of escaping to another country but why not consider a city break in the UK? We have a plethora cities that are perfect for exploring. Think Bristol for a cool hip break, Brighton for a seaside break, London for its amazing architecture, Manchester for its shops and music scene and Edinburgh is the perfect break for culture vultures. Then there are the Channel Islands. I might be biased but both Jersey and Guernsey are perfect for a weekend escape. Relax and unwind and follow the slower pace of life that only an island can offer you.
Secret Escapes is a great option for anyone looking to book a staycation and you will often find some fabulous Jersey hotels on there.
Cheap Cities In Europe
Sometimes only a European city break will do. So what are the cheapest and chicest cities to explore on a weekend?
I have fond memories of Berlin. It’s where I went as a sixth former as part of an educational trip. I learnt a lot, I also learnt a lot about Berlin bars. This cultural capital is heaving with cool bars, amazing art galleries and very hip nightclubs. This is also a good destination for families as it offers lots of green space, children friendly museums and parks.
Tallinn is a beautiful destination. Visit here and you will find ancient spires, cobbled side streets and stunning city walls. This city mixes old and new. Medieval streets that boast sushi bars and boutique hotels.
Prague, what was once the popular destination for all stag dos and, indeed, it was where Mr C escaped for his stag do. Let’s not mention the stripper mix up and the close call with the police. Prague isn’t just stag dos though and you shouldn’t let this put you off. Prague has so much to offer anyone looking for a budget weekend break. Much like Tallinn, it is a great example of the modern meeting the old. Baroque architecture combined with hip restaurants and very cool fashion shops.
Enjoying Your Break
If you are enjoying a break in the UK, you should make sure that you check out websites like VoucherCodes. You will be able to save yourself money when eating out and visiting local museums and attractions etc. Another good tip is to eat where the locals eat. We did this in Rome and found ourselves some amazing little restaurants that served delicious food at a fraction of the cost of the main tourist restaurants. You should also visit the local tourist information office as they often have money saving vouchers for the local tourist attractions.
Finally, not everything costs money. Make the most of the free tourist attractions. Walk around the city, explore it by foot. Enjoy the local parks, visit the free art galleries and museums. Delve into the local markets. You get the idea.
It really is possible to enjoy a fantastic break on a budget, you just need to ensure you take the time to do some planning and research first. Book that budget break and enjoy yourself!