I'm a money-saving mum – here are 2 ways I keep my family staycations cheap | The Sun
KEEPING a UK holiday cheap can be difficult when planning a break for the whole family.
A mum has explained how she makes it much more affordable when booking a staycation.
Jenna Carr has teamed up with Verdant Leisure – here are her two top tips for keeping costs down.
Look for low-cost, child-friendly entertainment
“Consider destinations with lots of free things to do. Whether that be a beach where you will spend most of your day, or an area with beautiful long walks.
"Choosing locations with on-site entertainment can also help mix things up whilst keeping fuel costs down.
"I always make sure I know where the nearest parks and playgrounds are as they are a cheap and cheerful way to cheer up a grumpy child!”
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She also said to make the most of the UK national parks and landmarks.
Kenna said: "Most national parks and nature reserves are free to visit, while others require a membership, although usually children get free entry.”
“Museums and landmarks also play a huge part in our holidays as they are a great day out immersing yourself in history and culture, and all which have free entry in the UK.”
Shop smart and pack wisely
Her other tip was to make the most of being able to take as much luggage as you want, unlike when you are travelling abroad.
Jenna said: "The great thing about a staycation is that you have no restrictions on luggage weight, liquids, or size of your bags.
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“Make sure you have all the cosmetics you need before travelling and shop around for the best deals if you don’t already have what’s needed.
"You can't guarantee there will be a budget shop at your destination, and you could end up paying above the odds in a fancy store or supermarket buying whatever is convenient.
"Packing smart and stocking up on essentials means that, if you do want to treat the family to a meal whilst you’re away, for example, you can do so without tightening the purse strings.”
She recently revealed how she spent just £150 on a holiday to Magaluf, including hotel and flights.
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Her flights were £20 return with Ryanair from East Midlands, and their hotel was £40 each a night, where they stayed for one night.
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