If you have decided to stay at home this year you will not be alone as many Brit's plan to either holiday in the UK or plan to stay at home this summer holidays. A stay vacation is an excellent way to save money, but still enjoy the benefits of being on holiday. However the key to an enjoyable holiday is in the planning, otherwise those niggling DIY chores will get in the way, if you do have DIY jobs or cleaning that needs allocate the first couple of days to finishing them off.
The first thing to do is to set either a holiday budget or a daily budget, this will help you to work out what you can and can’t do, a good way to make your money go further is to integrate more expensive days out with free ones.
If you have children bring them on board with the planning by creating a fun wall chart of daily activities. There are so many great things to do in Surrey and South West London, many of which are free, such as some of the great walks and easy access to the coast. The Visit Surrey website have listed 32 free things to do during the school holidays, from bird watching to a visit to Farnborough Air Trust Museum.
Great ways to involve the children is to take them to the local tourist office, to see what’s on offer - so many of us traveling along way instead of enjoying the things on our doorstep. Check out the Visit Surrey Website.
Sign up for a Kids Pass, the cost is £1 for 60 days (make sure you cancel before the 30 days or else you will be automatically signed up for £7.50 per month) and will give up to 40% off cinema tickets, free kids meals at certain restaurants, up to 57% off theme parks. For more information please visit the moneysavingexpert.com website http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/kids-pass
Plan a visit to London - we’re so lucky to live so close to London so why not during your break plan a trip into the capital, there are so many things to do and see, check out the TimeOut's website, packed full of summer holiday events including theatres, museums and fairs to visit.
Use up your supermarket vouchers - if you have accrued shopping vouchers then exchange these for restaurant vouchers, park vouchers and entertainment.
Keep it simple - the simple things are always the best in life, such as creating a picnic in your lounge on rainy days, having a cinema night with pop corn, doing some baking, creating some fun art pieces for your home, planting some new flowers in the garden.
How about this house with its own swimming pool - could be the perfect home for a stay vacation?