We all crave a luxury holiday at some point in our lives, but financial constraints tend to make it difficult for many of us to jet off to the Caribbean on a whim. Luckily, you don’t always have to save up for years on end just to experience a luxury vacation in the United Kingdom. We’ve put together a quick guide for those who want an indulgent UK based getaway, on a budget.
Where to go
The first step to booking your luxury break in the UK is deciding where exactly you want to go. There are a plethora of different tourist spots to visit; from the bustling city of London to a quiet town in Cornwall. Deciding where to go will depend on the type of holiday you want to experience, the people you are going with and your interest and hobbies. Those who enjoy relaxing on the beach may opt for a coastal location, such as Bournemouth whereas nature lovers may decide on the Peak District instead. If you’re planning a city break then look at London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, as well as some of the UK’s smaller cities.
When to go
The key to saving money on a luxury holiday is picking the right time to go. There will always be times of the year when hotels are cheap, but when are they? The general rule of thumb is to avoid school holiday season if you’re going coastal regions, and to go to cities during times when most families are away (July-August). Staying somewhere during the week is always going to be cheaper than weekends; see if you can get the time off work and go from Monday-Friday, instead of the more popular Friday-Sunday.
Money saving tips
Now you have decided where you want to go, and when you’re going to go there, here are some of the tips to ensure you get luxury for less:
- Book in advance – If you’re planning on visiting a popular tourist destination, during peak times, then try to book well in advance. Train and plane tickets should be bought 3 months before departure, with hotels being booked shortly before.
- Find the best deals – Use a website such as Venere to find the best deals on hotels in the UK. By comparing a list of places to stay, you’ll be able to decide how much luxury you can afford on your budget.
- Bring your own luxury – If you can’t afford to visit the hotel spa every day of your holiday, then bring your own luxury! Grab a load of pampering goodies from your local beauty store and create your own spa experience. Remember, a holiday is all about relaxing, not necessarily about spending money to relax.
- Look for vouchers – Many big attractions will have vouchers and offers running through the holiday season. Look for 2 for 1 offers in train stations, online vouchers and money off deals at your hotel.
You’re all ready to enjoy your luxury break in the UK; it’s time to pack a suitcase! Don’t forget to use our money saving tips wherever you go on holiday, as they’ll save you plenty of cash. Luxury on a budget, it’s easy when you know how.