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The beach budget: top tips for planning summer holidays
When thinking about our summer holidays, the question “can we afford it” often comes to mind. It’s one of those essentials that most of us can’t do without and certainly look forward to in the run up to summer. And we know of plenty of top tips on how to save money when deciding on your ideal getaway in the sun.

When thinking about our summer holidays, the question “can we afford it” often comes to mind. It’s one of those essentials that most of us can’t do without and certainly look forward to in the run up to summer. And we know of plenty of top tips on how to save money when deciding on your ideal getaway in the sun.

When planning a holiday, many questions come to mind. Where do we go? Where do we stay? How much are we willing to spend? Finding somewhere which is easy to get to and doesn’t cost the earth when you get there can be tricky.  But it doesn’t have to be.

Booking in advance or even grabbing a last-minute deal can save you a packet on flights. Always check out flight comparison websites such as Skyscanner and Travel Supermarket to find the best prices - it’s certainly worth being flexible with dates to avoid flying at busy times.

Destination unknown? The Evening Standard has compiled a list of the 20 cheapest destinations for a beach holiday in Europe in 2019. It’s the perfect companion to help you find that dream destination on a budget. Below are the top 5 and they really are bargains! The prices include average costs for lunch and evening meals, drinks, sun cream and even insect repellent:

  • Sunny Beach, Bulgaria (£38.86)
  • Algarve, Portugal (£57.45)
  • Marmaris, Turkey (£59.13)
  • Torremolinos, Spain (£65.59)
  • Benidorm, Spain (£78.05)

Holidays are the perfect time to discover new places and activities, and planning in advance can save you time and money.  Many attractions often offer early bird discounts so get booking!

However, who says you need to spend anything at all? You’re in luck. Tripsavvy has handily listed ’10 Fun Things to Do at the Beach’ which can involve the whole family and can be packed in your suitcase. A bat and ball are classic beach essentials, but here are our top five favourites!

  1. Build a sandcastle
  2. Enjoy a picnic
  3. Play a game
  4. Watch the sunset
  5. Read a book

Inspired to plan your next holiday this year? Just remember, spending a lazy week by the beach doesn’t have to cost the earth if you know where to look.

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