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Booking hotels for my family

Somewhere along the line I got a reputation for being great at choosing hotels. Now my family comes straight to me every time they are going on a trip and asks me to choose the hotels. It's fun to go exploring travel sites but can be a little sad when you realise you aren't going on the holiday with family. I am pretty good at finding great deals on the big chains, but also on cool little local boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts. This blog has some of my tips for other people when they are booking hotels and accommodations.

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Booking hotels for my family

How to have a fantastic holiday on a tight budget

by Samuel Wood

Everyone deserves a break occasionally; however, many people simply cannot afford a traditional holiday abroad.  If you're in a similar situation but are eager to get away for a few days, here are a few options that will enable you to have a fantastic trip without spending a small fortune.

Opt for budget-friendly accommodation

Hotels are the most popular form of holiday accommodation; they're also usually the most expensive. For those with limited budgets, they are best avoided. There are a number of affordable alternatives, including hostels and caravan parks. The former are ideal for those who want a cheap-and-cheerful room and are happy to share amenities with fellow travellers; they're usually favoured by young, single holiday-goers. For those who are a little bit older or who are travelling with their family or partner, a caravan park might be a better option; you'll have private washing and cooking facilities and a space of your own in which to rest and relax.

Avoid restaurants

The cost of dining out - even if you opt for chain restaurants -  can add up very quickly, particularly if you choose to eat out for every meal. To reduce this expense, consider bringing a supply of travel-friendly food with you and preparing your meals in your caravan or hostel room and having outdoor picnics. If your accommodation isn't equipped with a cooker or refrigerator, it's best to pack to non-perishable items, such as tinned vegetables,  instant noodles, nuts and crisps.  Additionally, look for a nearby supermarket where you can purchase fresh ingredients each day; a crusty baguette, along with some cheese, fruit and a ready-made salad can make for a delicious and inexpensive meal.

Stick to low-cost activities

One of the simplest ways to make your break more budget-friendly is to look for free things to do during your holiday. The exact kind of activities you'll be able to do will of course, depend on where you choose to go. If for example, you'll be visiting an area along the coastline, you could spend your days at the beach; swimming, sunbathing and strolls along the sand don't cost anything and can make for a very enjoyable trip. If you intend to stay further inland, you could go for hikes in the local nature reserve, visit free museums and art galleries, or even simply while away your time at a pretty park, reading, playing Frisbee and picnicking.