do not have to be expensive, nor do you have to
forsake them when living frugally. Some fantastic
days out cost no more than the petrol or bus
fares used to get there (or maybe you could walk
depending where you are and your chosen venue!).
pop some filled rolls or sandwiches, fruit,
biscuits, juice, crisps etc. into a bag and head
off somewhere nice. City parks are free and can
provide an entertaining day out - they often have
free events on during the summer months from
outdoor concerts to acrobats. Country parks are
much the same though often much bigger and better
for long walks. Beaches are great - ask about
good ones at your local Tourist Information
Office - they are not always the obvious ones
where everyone goes. One of the best family days
out we ever had was at a quiet country beach with
a very basic picnic - a pod of whales swam by
jumping and spouting - it was amazing - no
guarantees of that happening of course!
cities have some art galleries and museums that
are free or extemely cheap to see round. Make use
of them - you sometimes feel like you are seeing
a whole lot more than you ever did once you try
to be frugal ;) Check out Rambles from the London Tube for many walks including details of sights and museums (many free).
you are visiting attractions that make a charge
try never to pay full price. Tourist information
centres, libraries and many museums etc. will
have leaflets advertising local events and
attractions which often include discount
Many cinemas have an 'early bird' deal every day - for films starting before 12 noon tickets can cost half to a third less than usual - this varies greatly from venue to venue but it's worth checking. Some cinemas have a cheap night instead.
Scotland have a free weekend in November to coincide with St. Andrews day and English
Heritage have a free weekend in
April. The National
Trust does have a free day
once a year though this varies from property to
property but it seems to usually fall in April or May.
Some of their properties such as ancient
monuments that don't need staffing are free all
year round anyway (see their websites for
details) - but these weekends and days are a good
opportunity to go round a few castles or stately
homes. If you find you like visiting this type of property an annual membership can save you lots.
If you're stuck for ideas Little Bird is a great, free to join, website offering daily inspiration and lots of money off vouchers for days out, kids activities and products.
Near the Motorways: Affordable Alternatives to Service Stations (10th Edition) This book lists places that provide a meal or a quiet rest just five minutes from a motorway junction. The author has personally visited and selected over 200 entries in the guide which are included for their ambiance, friendliness, imaginative menus or peaceful surroundings. They do not pay for inclusion so each is chosen solely on merit. Each entry is illustrated by pen and wash drawing by the author, for ease of recognition. Special mention is made of the welcome for dogs and children and of any places of interest which are nearby.
Home Exchange, the holiday alternative where "You stay in my home while I stay in yours," is a great way to have a cost effective getaway to anywhere in the world. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet used this website when arranging their own home exchange in the motion picture The Holiday, and with over 40,000 members in 146 countries you can see why! Membership allows unlimited exchanges and costs only £5.95 per month for one year membership or £9.95 per month for 3 months membership.
Secret Escapes is an exclusive members only travel club offering savings of up to 70% every week on luxury hotels and holidays. Free to joing, there are no 'mystery' hotels on Secret Escapes. You'll know exactly what you're buying and exactly how much you'll pay. Well worth signing up to see what they've got on offer.
Camping is a great way to have a cheap holday too, get yourself a tent and an up to date guide to campsites in the UK and off you go!
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From the AA - over 500 free places to go in Britain and Ireland - lots of detail given too.
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