5 tips to cut the cost of touring
If you are going to feel the squeeze of the current round of government cuts, then take a look at 5 things that have successfully helped us keep the cost of touring down. Rather than curtailing our holidays, we have found they actually enhance them.
1. Do things that are free A walk to a waterfall, along the coast, or into a forest, stopping to take in the sounds and smells as well as the views, are our favourites. There are also a surprising number of museums, galleries and visitor centres which are free of charge, exhibiting local history, geography, arts and crafts. Research online before you go. You could also stroll around a village and visit the church, take in a local landmark or head for the Life Boat Station.
2. Use CS/CL where possible We have paid as little as £4 a night and up to £10, usually including electric hook-up. For that we get peace and quiet with plenty of space, often with a view and in an interesting location. Using our onboard facilities we are happy with just a fresh water tap and chemical disposal point, but some do have toilets and showers.
3. Join the National Trust and English Heritage Although there is an annual outlay, we find we recoup this after a few visits. We are then visiting historic properties, gorgeous gardens and parklands free of charge, but with the knowledge that our membership is helping to protect these places. With members gaining free parking at most properties, at National Trust car parks on the coast and at countryside locations, they also make great stop offs whilst en route.
4. Self cater An easy way to cut costs whilst on tour is to eat out less and cook in your ‘van. Not wanting to spend a lot of time cooking when we could be exploring, we cook some meals at home and put them in our small freezer when on tour. We still manage to sample specialities of the region by buying locally.
5. Do some early evening sight-seeing Parking is often free at this time. As well as saving money, car parks are frequently empty so any size ‘van can pull up with ease. With less on the roads, it is easier to get down those narrow lanes where interesting little gems tend to lurk….and you get that monument or view all to yourselves!