You can tell the summer holidays are almost upon us; the weather’s been rotten and caravans are being washed away across the UK: time to rethink that money-saving holiday at home?  If you’ve left it until the last minute to book your summer getaway, the main priority on your mind is probably saving money.  Last minute booking is a tried and tested method to finding that perfect price on a family holiday.  Here are a few additional tips to make the most of the summer:


Foreign Exchanges

When it comes to the destination for a last minute deal it’s worth considering the exchange rate. The pound is strong against the euro at the moment so any last minute deal to Europe is likely to offer a good opportunity.  The Post Office produce a “Worldwide Holidays Barometer”, and this year it looks as if Spain is going to be one of the cheapest destinations when it comes to making the holiday cash stretch. Non-euro European countries that also offer excellent exchange rates and have a low cost of living include the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.  While a last minute deal to Greece may seem like a good idea, the cost of living there is actually high and the immediate future is uncertain, so if they’re offering you full board and flights for a pound, think twice.

Be prepared

When it comes to a last minute holiday one thing guaranteed to add to the cost is last minute packing.  Obviously, if you find a deal and have to leg it to the airport that’s going to be necessary, right?  The problem is that you’ll rush off to the shops to stock up on all your holiday essentials just when holiday essentials are at their priciest.  Have a holiday bag ready, waiting and fully stocked before you nip to the travel agents or get online for the latest British Airways Promotional Codes.  Preparation will save you a fortune on last minute panic buying and means you can take advantage of even the most last minute deals available.

Still stuck at home?

If you can’t afford a foreign holiday this year and are planning on staying at home, you can still make the most of the attractions available at home.  Even close to home there may be plenty of places to visit and activities; always search for any available offers and discounts going before setting off.  Day trips can break up the long summer holidays for kids if you aren’t able to get away and with the days being longer you may be able to travel further.  Check out offers for travel over the summer and the further you plan to venture book, further in advance to make the most of discounts available.  On arrival at your day out destination, make sure that you visit the local tourist office for offers at local attractions; there will usually be several available and the saving will help you to make the most of the day.

Airline Offers

Most major airlines and ferry operators offer regular discounts on their fares.  If you can book well in advance you’ll be able to find great offers, while the last minute dash can turn up some great prices on flight or ferry only options.  Promotional codes are also a frequent feature with airlines such as British Airways, so search the discount voucher sites on the Internet before you book to find the best available offers around.

From British Airways Promotional Codes to last minute deals on hotels and holidays, with the weather far from delightful back home, there are still plenty of opportunities to bag that bargain break.