In between our international trips, we like to fill our weekends with days out and staycations around the UK. Whether it’s a trip to London for some museums or a weekend in a different part of the country, we always try and make time for seeing attractions and places in our home country. The only downside about this is the fact that tourist attractions and hotels in the UK are much more expensive than abroad and when you’re trying to plan things regularly, it can be difficult to stick to a budget. I’m quite savvy when it comes to finding deals for days out, so I thought I’d talk about my top tips for saving money on days out in today’s post.
1. Use discount codes!
The likes of Voucher Codes and Voucher Cloud are perfect for budget travellers. There are often 25% off voucher codes for Virgin Experience Days or Buy A Gift, which bring your attraction entry prices down by a small margin.
2. Book your tickets in advance.
Tourist attraction tickets will nearly always be cheaper if you book them prior to your visit. Yes it means that you have to commit to a date, but if you’re prepared to plan your days out in advance you can save money.
3. Take lunch with you.
Days out start to get expensive when you pay for food and drink, as well as transport and tickets. Why not take a packed lunch and a bottle of water with you? At lunchtime you can then sit outside picnic-style and it will hardly cost you anything compared to buying lunch out.
4. Two for one days out by train.
This is something that I’ve learnt about fairly recently, but if you travel by train you can easily get 2 for 1 tourist attraction tickets. We are planning to make the most of this whilst our Canadian friend is staying with us in the UK, as we will be going to lots of London tourist attractions and travelling by train on most of the days that she’s here.