Summer in the UK is over, the kids are back at school and peak season prices for holidays are coming to an end. The economy hasn’t improved any, so those wishing to take a break want the best value for money and within a tight budget. An ideal place to start is of course online, part of a money-saving tip – you’ll save on bus fares or petrol if you can investigate from the comfort of your home. And you won’t be tempted to indulge in a meal out or refreshments enjoyed on a sidewalk café. If you search Dealchecker for cheap holidays you will find a range of holidays and flights at the best prices available.
A visit there makes planning easy and the choice is amazing. If a flight is all you require there is an easy to use search system to find the best deal for your dates and destination. Are you unsure about what you want, but just want to get away? Again, there is a handy Top Ten hand-picked selection of special offers on the front page with more to follow if you click the link below. Cruises, Spa days, city breaks, hotel upgrades, all-inclusives or half-boards all feature as genuine bargain offers.
London is often an attraction and after the exposure the city has had this year through television coverage, many people want to visit it and see the fabulous architecture, visit museums, take in a West End theatre show, shop and savour the delights of Greenwich Park. The Golden Jubliee celebrations, the Olympics and the Paralympics have whetted people’s appetites for a first-hand experience of these places.
To travel around London choose public transport rather than taxis or hiring a car. It’s cheaper and faster and you won’t face parking charges either. An Oyster card, a pre-paid swipe card that deducts your fare, makes travel on the tube, buses and train networks including the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) easy and efficient. You can top up this pay as you go card in any outlet with the Oyster card symbol. The Metro magazine may have discount vouchers or offers you could take advantage of during your stay. Travel after 9am to benefit from off-peak fares.
Buy top-up refreshments from supermarkets rather than vending machines or street vendors to save more money. If your deal includes meals, make sure you take up the offer to keep more money in your pocket for other things you might want to spend it on.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and the Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum on Exhibition Road are open to the public. Their permanent exhibitions are free as are some guest exhibits.