The last time I left the UK was on our honeymoon 7 years ago. We went to Japan and I booked it in a very thrifty way. We still spent quite a bit of money when we were there as we considered it a once-in-a-lifetime experience (not that you have to send money to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience). We’d love to go back but probably not until the kids have now grown up and left home. That doesn’t mean that our children are restricting us though.
Travel doesn’t have to be abroad. I’ve written before about our lust for owning a campervan. This is on the list for 2018 and it would open up the roads to us a little more without having to pay for four people in a hotel or bed & breakfast everywhere we go. It would also open up my photography – waking up next to lakes, being able to retreat somewhere for a brew if the weather changes, I can’t wait. We also said we’d love to do Christmas dinner in the van in December, even if it’s just preparing turkey & cranberry wraps whilst the kids play on the beach, it would be a fun memory to make!
I refer you back to my article about camping. Whilst it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it can be an inexpensive way of exploring new areas. A full tank of petrol and a tent and you can enjoy a completely different part of the country! Road trips can be awesome!
Take a look at Inside Our Suitcase for awesome reviews about global travel, as well as articles about places closer to home. They want to help you discover your next adventure, so go take a look!
If you are heading abroad, be sure to book your plane tickets well in advance to get good rates. Either that or be spontaneous and leave it ’til the last minute. Have you ever wanted to turn up at the airport and just jump on the first available flight out of there?
Other top tips for reducing the amount of money you spend on holiday travel include being flexible with your travel dates and adjusting your times for flying. Did you know that if you fly on a midweek day it is often cheaper!? Another great idea is to spend more time in fewer places. You’ll be more relaxed enjoying five days in one place, instead of trying to cram three or four stops into your time and the cost of your hotels will probably be lower for a longer stay, and you’ll not have to pay to travel around as much.
Don’t forget, travel insurance is generally inexpensive and very much worth it. You never know what’s going to happen!