As I’ve recently been on a 4 day trip up to Scotland, I thought I’d share with you some tips for your staycation in the UK…
If travelling by train, check if you can travel at a cheaper time as some trains are cheaper than others.
Try using a ticket splitter website to get your train tickets cheaper. Sometimes having multiple tickets for one journey will be cheaper than having one ticket. Likewise, two singles can sometimes be cheaper than one return ticket. It’s a minefield, so be sure to do your research.
Check out if you’re valid for a railcard. A couple of years ago I saved more than the cost of the railcard when getting a Two Together Railcard, but it’s valid for a year so you can make the most of it. Mum makes the most of her Senior Railcard. A Disabled Persons Railcard will cover you and a friend or family member.
If you’re able to book seats on the train when you buy your tickets, do so! Some trains can be like cattle trucks, especially if there’s a big event on. You don’t want to be stood up on a long train journey!
If travelling by train, check out the Days Out Guide website for 2-for-1 offers etc on various tourist attractions around the UK. Please be aware you’ll need to retain your train tickets for the vouchers to be valid.
Check various websites (such as Booking.com, lastminute.com, hotel brand websites etc) before booking your hotel. Certain websites will be cheaper than others for the same hotels. It also helps if your dates are flexible.
Some hotels have tourist offers, so be sure to check them out. For example, last year I stayed at Days Inn in Liverpool and got a bargain deal on 2 nights bed & breakfast in a King size room with tour bus and river cruise tickets.
Search the internet for discount vouchers for food. Slug & Lettuce have 50% off on Mondays, so that’s always a good one. I always go on trips/holidays armed with printouts of discount vouchers! Also, check if your favourite eateries have an app… I’m a fan of Gourmet Burger Kitchen and their app which enables customers to get freebies and discounts.
Check out the official tourism website for the city/area you’re visiting. Sometimes you’ll find special offers and discounts for all sorts on them. Also, don’t forget to check out the leaflets in the hotel lobby, train station or tourist information centre when you’re there.
Talking of tourist information centres, sometimes they sell discounted tickets for tourist attractions. For example, I managed to get half price Sea Life Centre tickets at Balloch tourist information centre (Loch Lomond, Scotland).
Sometimes, just sometimes, you can get discount vouchers for tourist attractions (such as Sea Life Centres and theme parks) on cereal boxes and other food packets.
Some cities (such as York and Edinburgh) have a tourist pass which you can purchase. The pass gives you free or discounted entry into many tourist attractions as well as discounts on refreshments and gifts. I’ve used both the 2 day York Pass and the Edinburgh Pass and got my money’s worth before the first day of use was out.
Have you got any UK travel tips?