What can you do before your days out to make sure you make the most of your money?
From pre-booking things to finding discounts online, taking a picnic, and clubs you can join like The National Trust, here’s how can you make sure that you fit the most in with a year’s worth of activities to catch up on.
Know your budget
By planning and knowing exactly how much you have or want to spend, you can look at activities that are in the right ballpark when it comes to expenses. For example, if you’re looking to splash out a trip to theme park or go karting might be on the cards – these are often quite expensive family days out, but you can save money with discounts if you know where to look for them.
For those who are looking for a cheaper, yet equally exciting day out, a trip to the local beach or museum is a great way to explore and learn. Most museums and art galleries are free to the public and some even have grounds available where you can make the most of the good weather with a picnic.
Prebook your tickets
With prebooked tickets you know that you’re guaranteed entry and you might even save a bit of money. If you’re looking to travel by train and know the train times that you will need, prebooking your tickets means that you’re able to get a seat and shave off the extra pennies that you might have to pay out if you leave buying your ticket until the last minute and that route becomes high demand.
Prebooking is great for when you’re able to stick to a schedule and plan your day out, this way you can guarantee your spot and avoid those long lines and crowds, especially if it’s expected to be a busy period like bank holidays and half terms.
What is there to do?
With over a year’s worth of activities to catch up on, there’s plenty to see and do right on your doorstep. Here’s just a few ideas.
- Why not discover a series of hiking trails near you or test your nerves with an exhilarating treetop challenge?
- Catch up with a loved one and enjoy an al fresco afternoon tea with a spot of shopping.
- Enjoy a tray of fish and chips by the seaside, followed by a paddle.
- Discover your local town’s history at a nearby museum.
- Try your hand at arts and crafts with a pottery or floral arrangement class.
- Go camping and return to nature.