Trips

Enjoy more trips with less money

“Money money money”…

Everywhere you go, whatever you do, it’s all about the money. But today I want to challenge you and to make you see it is possible. Yes, it’s possible to enjoy more trips this 2017 with one condition. No, the condition is not to start making more money but to really wish for travelling more, visiting more, discovering more.
We all spend money on something. Whether is on clothes, gadgets or different treats. So, the point is we do have some money. Now, it matters how we use them in our advantage.

1. Try a membership.

Last year we have visited so many castles, historic houses, unbelievable wonderful places by having free entrance for all of them.
We can highly recommend National Trust and English Heritage. Monthly payment is under £9 for the whole family. Considering that an average entrance fee is coming up to £25-£30 for the family, then you do the maths.

2. Buy a picnic basket and plan your meals.

I was told…”OK, OK, you get free entrance but you are a long way far from home. You must make a stop at a restaurant or in a pub to feed them all.”. No, not necessarily. If our budget is quite low, we won’t. Almost everywhere we have been, we have found a picnic area, outdoor or indoor.
You need to invest in some stuff like a picnic basket or to create it yourself from spare melamine plates from your kitchen and maybe some thermal lunch boxes. Very important, I suggest you to buy some vacuum bottles and jars, good quality ones. We got Stanley and they save your meals. This bottle give us 32 hours of hot water with no exception. That guarantees you the teas and coffees through the day. Also, you might want to have in your basket some sachets of soup or pots of noodles. Having some dry milk for children, milkshake powder or any other instant stuff that you like them, will help.

3. Make sure you pack enough clothes for the children

Even if it’s a one day trip, bear this in mind. We’ve ended up so many times before buying all kind of clothing because our little one got dirty or wet. Or even, we have left at home the waterproof coat, wellies and any other outdoor items that we need it. This is a way not to actually save money but not spending what you have kept for tickets, entrances and other entertainment. We blew up our budget many times just because of this.

Apart from that, it’s your day or weekend away. You probably don’t want to waste  your time shopping and searching  clean, dry clothes or suitable footwear.

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4. Have a last minute holiday

You get the chance to visit exotic places by watching different deals on the specialty websites. Every single travel agency has a list with late deals. So why you not taking your family on the sea side, somewhere nice and warm for less than £500 , all inclusive?!

Also, many of the travel agencies offers you the possibility to pay monthly when you book in advance.

We’ve done this a few times and for whoever is interested I can suggest you some agencies that do work this way. It’s a real possibility for families that don’t really manage to save. If you think about it as a bill that you have to pay it, you will do it.

And before you know, the day of departure is coming and you’ll get your reward instantly just to see your loved one’s faces, ready for another adventure.

5. Use Skyscanner for cheap city breaks.

They search and compare prices on flights, hotels and car hire around the world. You get almost everyday chances to get a deal for a long weekend in Germany, Brussels or France and other beautiful cities. Flying with less than £50 per person, gives you the possibility to have such trips more often.

Of course, it’s more to life than travelling but it’s a good way to start a change. Just open your eyes and discover the wonders on the Earth that God left them for us. He want us to be happy and to enjoy His creation.

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2 Comments

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    Catalin
    February 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Andrea thank you very much for your post I do follow them with great interest , one question I have how can me and my fiancée travel around the country taking in consideration that we don’t own a car can you give us some tips in places where is easy to get by public transport trains ? or ? thank you you do a great job

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      Andrea
      February 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Hi Catalin! We got so many nice memories from travelling without a car. I find it very pleasant to travel by train in England. I can make you a list of places to go but because you live quite local and Valentine’s day is coming, my suggestion is to have a day in Stratford upon Avon. You can get by train here from almost any station. The train leaves you in the heart of Stratford. A famous town because it’s Shakespeare birthplace. And what more can you wish then a romantic walk in the writer’s town of the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. You can find out more about the two young lovers whose death ultimately reconcile their families by going to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Or if you don’t want to spend money on tickets have a go in the Theatre’s tower. The views are amazing from up there. After that maybe you want to have a lovely afternoon tea right there as they organise such things.
      The Nutcracker Christmas Shop open all year round it is a must. As soon as you step into a charming cinamon smell get you into a fairy tale.
      The Butterflies Farm, aww…amazing how beautiful colored butterflies come and sit on you.
      It’s so much to do there and you don’t need a car as mostly of them are on the same street, a few minutes walk between the objectives.
      If it’s a warmer day you can even get a ride on the boat on Stratford upon Avon’s Channel

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