With more of us looking to find cheaper alternatives to overseas holidays, there is a growing popularity in exploring more of what the UK has to offer. In 2018, Britons took over 120 million overnight trips in the UK, contributing to over £14 billion spent on domestic UK holidays.
The South West constantly proves to be a tourist favourite with over 21 million domestic trips there during 2018. From the awe-inspiring Eden Project to Cornwall’s rugged surfing coast, South West England provides something for every type of traveller.
To help you with your holiday planning, we’ve put together some ideas to inspire you look a little closer to home this summer.
Get Back to Nature
Great big holidays don’t have to mean great big budgets. The resurgence in popularity of the great outdoors means more of us are getting back to nature and camping. Camping pitches can cost as little as £16 per pitch with many campsites also offering affordable rental tents. Taking the time to live a little more simply is a great way of appreciating the world around us.
Look for Hotel Alternatives
Hotels are a tempting guarantee of quality and service – but at a cost. Online holiday research seems to deliver seemingly countless hotels which fall outside our budget. However, savvy holiday bookers use the filters on sites like hotels.com and Trivago, to find cheaper options and alternatives to traditional hotels. Airbnb is another great way of finding somewhere a little more unique and with the huge range of options, you are sure to find something to suit your budget.
Hit the Road
With train costs constantly on the increase it may be worth looking into renting your own transport. Camper vans are a fantastic way of combining both your transport and accommodation. Companies like Spaceships provide affordable camper vans with all the equipment you could need to explore the UK.
There’s an app for everything. To help you plan your travel more affordably, consider using apps which can help you plan your travel budget. Trainline gives you up to date travel information while giving you train prices ahead of time. City Mapper is a must for any visitor to London. Easily navigate from A to B through the underground and keep track of your spending. Around Me is another perfect app to help you find your bearings. From the nearest ATM to the closest movie theatre to your location, Around Me is there to help.
Discover the Nightlife
If you are looking for restaurants and bars to fuel your trip, look no further than Design My Night. The easy-to-use comparison sites provides you with a wealth of options in almost every location to suit every budget.
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