England is a country with plenty to see and do, but it’s not necessarily always friendly on the wallet. In fact, England is one of the most expensive countries in Europe- but don’t leave it off your itinerary! Once you’ve taken care of the essential travel preparations like taking care of your passport and travel insurance follow these simple tips to keep your wallet nice and full while travelling in this fascinating and gorgeous country:
Pre-book Transportation Online
Transportation costs can add up to be the biggest expense on your trip to England. Trains are usually the easiest and fastest way to travel, but tickets can get very expensive. If you plan on travelling for an extended period and covering a lot of ground, consider a Britrail Pass which will save you a ton on train tickets. Or for individual tickets, booking online can save you money. Consider arriving to alternate stations to save as well. A cheaper option for transportation in England is taking a bus. Although it can take longer and is not as comfortable as the train, you can score some mega-deals by booking early online- Megabus offers up some fares for just £1 if you’re lucky!
Score on Airfares
While flying domestically within the UK isn’t usually the cheapest option, you can occasionally score good deals from London to various airports within the country. Check out skyscanner.com and kayak.com for great deals, especially if you book early. For flights to and from London internationally, consider flying on a Monday or Tuesday as these tend to be the cheapest days to fly. If you’re willing to make multiple stops and plane changes, you can find some great deals.
Not only is packing light great for travelling comfortably, but you’ll save money as well. Most airlines now charge for multiple bags, and the budget airlines really stick it to you even with the carry-ons. Consolidate your luggage into one checked in bag, or a large carry-on if you can. On a budget airline, avoid checking a bag since it can cost you upwards of £30. Packing less has the added bonus of reducing laundry bills along the way as well.
Consider Hotel Alternatives
Contrary to popular belief, hostels aren’t just for twenty-something backpackers; they cater to all ages and even families who are interested in saving money. You can stay in a private room with multiple beds and your own bathroom, for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Another good option is Airbnb, a website that connects travelers with locals offering up a room in their house, or even the entire flat, for a fixed rate. You save majorly and get to stay somewhere far homier than a hotel. It’s a great option for families or couples as the rate is fixed no matter how many travelers you have.