The UK is known throughout the world for being one of the priciest places to travel. With the pound remaining pretty steady, it’s easy to see your holiday budget swallowed up in a blink if you aren’t careful. However, with a few handy hacks, you can mitigate your expenses and leave yourself a little room to splash out on something more special than an overpriced egg and mayo sandwich.
*Think about your accommodation*
If you’re a family travelling to the UK it might be worth considering staying in self-catered accommodation and cooking your own meals. Usually you can secure an entire apartment through using an online community rental accommodation marketplace like GowithOh and Airbnb , generally you will find these are cheaper than hotels and you will save money on food.
*Look at railcards*
If you are travelling by train, ask a stationmaster or ticket officer about railcards. In the UK you can get up to a third off your tickets on most train journeys by buying a railcard that can last for a year. These are usually around the £30 mark, but the savings will more than make up for this.
*Save on flights*
If you plan to fly around portions of the UK, such as to Scotland and Northern Island, using price comparison websites can save you huge tracts of cash, especially if you do not know the local airlines operators.
*Bring a water bottle*
It may sound simple, but needing to buy water every place you go can really stack up. The tap water in the UK is very safe to drink, so getting yourself a canteen that you can reuse will save you buying one every time you are out.
*Avoid dining in the touristy spots*
Dining right around a bunch of attractions can be hugely expensive, and avoid cafes within attractions, as they hike up the prices for their visitors. In London especially you can find reasonable restaurants and cafes everywhere, and all you need do is turn a corner.
*Check for Free Museum Days*
Lots of European Museums are free, so generally you won’t have to pay for the big ones in the city, for smaller, more specialist museums though it is worth seeing if they are hosting any events throughout the year which are free.
*Avoid Roaming Charges*
It may not seem like a huge thing, but if you leave your phone on roaming it can rack up a large bill when you get home. Data is usually the worst offender, especially when you find yourself lost in a new city and want to looks something up. It’s fairly easy nowadays to find great sim only deals with rolling contracts when you are in the UK. A great little tip if you still want all the use of your phone when you’re abroad.
That’s it! If you’re travelling to the UK this year, keep these hacks in mind and your wallet will thank you.