Here you need to offer your own property for an exchange. Like most reputable sites there is a registration fee. The reward is, hopefully, you will save on holidays.
After that you will need to contact the exchange owner and arrange the details of your exchange. Obviously you will probably need to set some ground rules as to what is available in your home, but then you will find facilities for this as your arrangements progress. Be sensible here, after all your task is to not only have a good time but also to save on holidays is the main idea.
For a complete low-down on inexpensive holidays take a look at Frugality Magazine and make your choice.
Would you fancy staying in a barn, or perhaps a bunkhouse, even hire a cottage? The mind boggles, but may be worth a try for a relatively cheap and unusual holiday break.
Strictly for the younger generation a new craze of crashing out on a sofa in another person's house has evolved. This is definitely one for the young and adventurous.
This is a comparatively new craze and although it has the attraction of free accommodation, do make as many checks as you possibly can regarding your own personal safety. Save on holidays - yes - but don't thrown caution to the winds.
If you would like or need to take a break alone, most companies cater for the lone traveller, but unfortunately this frequently involves a 'supplement' for a single room.
If you do decide to spend your holiday in the UK,it is possible to take very cheap holidays or day trips.
Amongst the freebies, and if you are over 60 or are 'eligible disabled', you are entitled to claim your free off-peak travel card which enables you to travel between 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. weekdays, plus at any time at weekends on local buses throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Ask your local authority for a National Bus Pass. Many people have travelled quite long distances this way to their chosen away breaks. It just needs a little of your time to research your particular project. Also it would probably pay to keep your luggage down to a minimum.
One 'staycation' project that does not need too much research is - Why not revamp your garden? Make it a haven where you can relax. Why not even build a vegetable plot? Take a look at our Gardening Diary for inspiration? A revamped garden will give you pleasure and exercise for many years to come. Not only will is save on holidays but it will provide you with cheap food to eat.
Many people like to combine a hobby with their break. Our other page has some good ideas to offer. Alternatively why not try a short cheap holiday break?
There are also many ways of spending very pleasurable time in Museums - always a lure to children. Then in London there are numerous places that are free to visit. In Kensington Gardens there is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Amongst other London attractions there are the Houses of Parliament and The National Gallery.
Throughout the country there are such places as the the Pier at Southwold, Suffolk which features Punch and Judy Shows. Still remaining on the coast it is possible to go dolphin spotting in the Moray Firth.
Add the New Forest, The White Cliffs of Dover, The Giant's Causeway, Sherwood Forest Country Park and you are starting to get spoilt for choice where outdoor activity is concerned.
If you are thinking about visiting the New Forest get 'from the horses mouth' information from someone who actually lives there.
get direct information from someone who actually lives here.
Also remember that in Scotland it is still possible to pitch your tent for free out in the wilds. Possibly the ultimate way of saving on holiday.
Travelling on to Wales there is the Coedy Brenlin Visitor Centre where is it possible to cycle on all weather bike trails. Not forgetting the wonderful views from Snowdonia
1. If you have a long journey to make before reaching your final destination, why not take a break overnight.
Far better to resume your journey in the morning feeling relaxed, rested and well fed than to drive on overnight exhausted, weary and a possible danger on the road.
2. If you are a really organised traveller, it is worth bearing in mind that many of the budget airlines offer great deals if you can plan ahead as far as your future journeys are concerned.
3. If you need to take a supply of foreign currency with you - a good idea if you are travelling during a Bank Holiday - Marks and Spencers and the Post Office do not make a charge for supplying your currency. Save money on holidays.
4. If you are thinking of a holiday in Europe, maybe now is the time with the Euro at an all time low.
5. Most major credit cards levy a 2.75% 'loading fee' (additional charge - in plain English) on transactions abroad. The Post office and Nationwide do not make any of these additional charges. Abbey have also launched its Zero credit card which has no fees on balance transfers, cash advances or foreign exchange. Save money on holidays.
6. If you can still find a cheap return flight to the States (in spite of the increased fuel charges) this might be an alternative destination to choose. When choosing a destination abroad there is always the rate of exchange to be taken into consideration if you are to save on holiday.
7. Try to avoid travelling at the weekends. If you can find a holiday from Tuesday to Tuesday you will probably save as much as £50/100 per person.
8. Obvious - but fly from the airport nearest to you home if possible.
9. Don't take out travel insurance from your travel agents. Do this separately from a bone fide insurance agent and it will be cheaper. If you frequently travel abroad ask if you have a 'yearly season ticket' insurance cover. Save on holidays.
10. For weather forecasts, take a look at UK Weather Forecasts and set your Search for the area of your choice.
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If your aim is to save money but get maximum enjoyment, how do you do it?
Do you strike off to pastures new on a back-packing trip?
Do you combine your hobby with a holiday? Walking, bird-watching, searching junk shops, shopping?
Do you just want to get away from it all to pastures new?
Do you just crave ‘me time’ and enjoy self-indulgent days at home?
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