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Did someone say VACATION?

Some tips from FEMALE FIRST on a VA- make that STAYCATION

So, you’ve got the time off work, you’ve got your friends together, all you need now is the funds to actually book a vacation, right?

Wrong. You could enjoy a Staycation with a lot less hassle, and without losing any sleep over the price.

With these top tips, you can enjoy a summer break without paying luxury prices.

Check out different choices when it comes to both relaxing and sightseeing. The first tip is to not be picky when researching where to go.

If you’re from a city, don’t be scared to look at a village in the countryside, and vice versa. The change of scenery will not only be refreshing, but the difference in the way of life might actually make you feel like you’re on foreign turf.

Secondly, look at hotels that you could stay in, while remaining on the cheaper end of the scale. For those wanting a city break, the best advice is to look at a Travelodge or Premier Inn. They are available at a very reasonable price, and are close to the city centre.

Don’t be put off by the name either, the rooms are always kept clean and offer all the basics you will need to make your stay comfortable.

Also, sign up to their newsletters and e-mails; they let you when there is a discount or a sale on.

If you would prefer a week in the country however, or just want a fancier hotel, its best to look elsewhere. Websites such as Secret Escapes and lastminute.com always have great deals for hotels all over the country, at a discounted price.

Next is Travel. It’s no secret that train prices into big cities can be extortionate, but you can get a huge discount if you book far enough in advance. Also, train companies often have offers for families or those travelling with children, so check their website.

Coach travel is also an option, with companies such as National Express and Megabus offering inter-city travel for just a few pounds. There’s always the car option, which gives your break that road trip feel.

Lastly, you need something to do while you’re away. If money really is tight, try a big city that has a lot of sights, or somewhere in the country that has areas to walk. These are always free and all you really need is a camera.

If you’ve chosen a city, research what it has to offer. All the main cities have at least one attraction so look to see if they have any offers on, which can save you some money.

Don’t forget that research is key for all areas. Try forums, local people usually know what offers are on, and also where is good to eat in the area, so don’t be afraid to look around.

By Emma Cocker