T.S. Eliot called April ‘the cruellest month’, but we all know it’s January: freezing weather, dark mornings (and evenings), a bulging waistline and a slim wallet.
But never fear! These tips are a little ray of sunshine to chase away the post-Christmas blues.
Choose a staycation
You may be dreaming of sandy beaches, but there’s natural beauty and post-festive cheer to be had all over these British Isles. Try a walking weekend in the Lake District for the sort of escape that’s good for the bank and the post-Christmas bulge – and you can always snuggle up in a pub if you’re intent on breaking those pesky New Year’s resolutions.
Hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels are always an option for a city break, but the best way to get sophistication on a shoestring is to go through airbnb. In Berlin, you can get a whole flat for 2 nights for around £80, or a room for 2 for less than £25. If you’re willing to share, the rates are even better (who knows, could be an interesting Valentine’s Day after all…).
Find free fun
If you’re strapped for cash, it’s worth researching the free entertainment on offer once you arrive at your destination. Check out museums, art galleries, universities, parks and places of historical interest for exhibitions, tours and more. For cheap eats, investigate street food vendors or consider a picnic. In Paris, for instance, there’s an amazing falafel stand on the left bank of the Seine – a treat when combined with classic sights like Notre Dame.
Go in a group
They say that misery loves company, but we say you can’t stay glum surrounded by chums! Suggest a self-catering trip with friends to cut costs – perhaps to a cosy cottage in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors. Everyone loves a good old-fashioned pile-in, and you can bring food, games and all important drink. You can re-enact Wuthering Heights in period costume, or just sit by the fire and play board games. Utter bliss.
So, go out and add to your book-it list, and brighten up the crueller months! For more ideas on how to travel cheaply, check out our blog – and don’t forget to bag a travel coupon code from Revouchers to make your holiday even cheaper.