6 money-saving hacks for booking a last-minute Easter staycation
The sting of the cost of living crisis continues to be felt across the nation as families tighten budgets to combat rising prices. However, a recent study has found that, despite soaring costs, getting away on a UK staycation is still a top priority for 73% of us.
With Easter break just around the corner, travel expert Jess Twitchin – CEO and Founder of unusual property directory QuirkyAccom.com – gives us her top tips to save money while booking a last-minute staycation over the Easter bank holiday.
1. Check in mid-week
As most people tend to book their holidays for the weekend, prices are often higher from Friday to Sunday. But by booking mid-week, you can often find lower rates and better deals on accommodation, as well as enjoy a quieter and more peaceful experience. However, be sure to check with your accommodation provider beforehand since they may have set check-in days.
2. Seek out last-minute deals
When hotels, guesthouses, or holiday cottages have unsold rooms or cancellations, they often offer discounts to fill them. By booking at the last minute, holidaymakers can take advantage of these discounts and enjoy a more affordable holiday. Now is the prime time to secure a last-minute deal this Easter break. Booking two weeks prior to the desired date can often earn you a 20% discount on unsold accommodation. Be sure to remain open-minded when looking for last-minute deals and remain flexible on location, property type and dates for maximum savings.
3. Venture off the beaten track
The UK is home to diverse landscapes with each region having its own rich cultural history. But it can be easy to overlook all this country has to offer. Visiting less popular destinations is a great way to save money and avoid crowds. Popular tourist hotspots will inevitably be expensive and crowded, especially during peak periods. By choosing a less popular destination, you can often find lower prices on accommodation, food and activities. Holidaymakers can also have a more authentic and peaceful experience exploring a lesser-known area. Heading away from the top tourist traps is not only cheaper but provides unique and diverse experiences, with travellers able to discover hidden gems and local secrets that are not mentioned in guidebooks.
4. Go big; save big
Hiring a larger holiday home among multiple families can be a great way to enjoy a more affordable and enjoyable holiday experience. Holiday in larger groups enables costs to be shared across more people, making it cheaper for individuals overall. Guests can also typically enjoy more amenities and facilities in larger properties, such as large dining areas and kitchens, spacious outdoor areas and even pools, saving families money on entertainment costs. You may also find larger properties have the most last-minute availability during peak seasons, so keep an eye out to snag a deal.
5. Visit free attractions
Accommodation, travel and food costs can quickly add up when booking a staycation. But families will also need to factor in entertainment expenses that may push budgets over the edge. Fortunately, the UK has many free attractions that are perfect for families, such as museums, parks, and galleries. By planning ahead and researching free attractions in the area you are visiting, you can create a fun and varied itinerary that won’t break the bank. Step away from the usual tourist haunts and venture into the local area to get a taste of what it’s like to be a local without a hefty price tag. Simply exploring your surroundings is the best way to find hidden gems without burning a hole in your wallet.
6. Look for dining-out deals
It’s natural to want to treat yourself while away. But dining out every night is a sure way to blow through your holiday budget if you’re not careful. Look for vouchers or coupons online to save money without compromising on luxury. Many restaurants and cafes offer discounts or special deals through their websites or social media channels. You should also talk to your accommodation provider who may be partnered with local businesses that offer discounts to guests.