Summer Destinations in the UK – Ideal for Budget Conscious Travelers

by Michelle on July 12, 2016 · 2 comments

In the midst of the unfortunate result of the Brexit election, one positive thing that came out of it is that with the weaker pound, now is the perfect time to travel to Britain! The UK is no doubt a popular destination among travelers from across the globe.In fact, overseas visitors even reached 36.1 million last 2015 according to data published by Visit Britain.

For budget minded travelers who plan to visit the country this summer, here are some recommendations for your vacation:

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King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

The seaside town of Hunstanton has picturesque coastlines and a charming Victorian ambience. King’s Lynn, on the other hand, is brimming with old maritime buildings perfect for learning about local history and culture.

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Arundel

News media outlet The Telegraph listed the best summer family destinations for under £1k, and including a slew of popular camping sites. A campground in Arundel, West Sussex boasts 650 acres of tranquil farmland that’s great for families to hang out together during the holidays. Tourists may also tour the 50-acre Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which houses buildings dating back to the 13th and 19th century.

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North Tyneside

North Tyneside is home to some award-winning beaches, including Tynemouth Longsands, which was voted the 12th best in Europe. You can also climb St. Mary’s lighthouse for scenic views of the horizon.

For wildlife enthusiasts, a visit to Blue Reef Aquarium will not disappoint, while for history buffs, touring the Segedunum Fort that lies along Hadrian’s Wall, which was built around the time of the Roman Empire, will prove to be an exhilarating adventure.

Most of the areas and sites mentioned above are free to visit, with some costing a small fee for admission, such as the Blue Reef Aquarium: £9 for adults, £6.50 for kids 3-12, £8 for seniors and students.

How To Get Around

Getting around the UK efficiently and as cheap as possible is the perfect way to eliminate any unwanted stress from your vacation. A travel guide from Nomadic Matt states that the National Rail is one of the more expensive forms of travel, regardless of the destination. A London to Liverpool trip can reach up to £130 during peak hours.

The city buses are more affordable, considering that rates begin at £1. Advanced booking, however, is needed to get these special fares. At least one month prior to the trip is usually a safe window for bookings, plus you need to factor in the bus schedules in your itinerary.

An alternative is to hire a car. This is more flexible given that you can set your own routes and times for trips. This’ll also work well if you have a domestic flight for a tour in another part of the country, as you won’t have to wait for public transport to make your way to the airport and there are numerous parking choices appropriate for any kind of traveler. At Gatwick Airport, for instance, Parking4Less mentions that there are short stay parking, hotel parking, and even a summer special, which means travelers can pick the option that best fits their budget. Alternatively, if they are dropping off a hire car, all they need to do is drop it off at one of the reception desks and hand over the keys and correct paper work.

In short, you don’t have to burn through your entire savings to have an enjoyable vacation in the UK. All that’s needed is to explore your options and plan your trip thoroughly. If you have any other tips on how to save money while vacationing in the UK, feel free to leave your comments below for our readership to peruse.

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Becky Padmore July 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm

I’ve been to these places, King’s Lynn is fab and the rest of Norfolk is worth exploring too – a great under-the-radar destination!

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Michelle Michelle July 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Yes it is! Happy you liked it there! :)

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