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    • Former MSE Wendy
    • By Former MSE Wendy 14th Jul 09, 5:25 PM
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    Great ‘Holiday at home’ Hunt: How to have a cheap holiday without leaving home
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    • 14th Jul 09, 5:25 PM
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    Great ‘Holiday at home’ Hunt: How to have a cheap holiday without leaving home 14th Jul 09 at 5:25 PM
    What's it about?

    It's possible to have a happy holiday staying at home and visiting local attractions, saving the bulky cost of hotels. While Cheap Days Out and Restaurant Vouchers are a great place to start we'd like to tap MoneySavers collective knowledge for the best stay at home ideas for singles, couples and families.

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    Last edited by MSE Martin; 15-07-2009 at 8:52 AM.
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  • Rachel85
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    • 15th Jul 09, 8:47 AM
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    • 15th Jul 09, 8:47 AM
    This may sound odd, but go along to your local Tourist Information. Even for those who have lived in the same town for many years, there are still bound to be ideas, attractions and events you've never thought or heard of before. For anything that attracts a charge, the leaflets they give you often have discount vouchers inside.

    Your local paper can provide loads of ideas, too.
    Last edited by MSE Archna; 20-07-2009 at 4:10 PM.
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    • By Mark Hewitt 15th Jul 09, 9:39 AM
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    • 15th Jul 09, 9:39 AM
    It's a grand idea for people who never go anywhere or don't explore their local area very much. But for me day trips to local attractions, landmarks, National Trust, English Heritage etc, are just a normal part of summer weekends for me.

    Holidays are in addition to that, not instead of. For me the whole point of a holiday is that you're not at home!

    Having said that it's always nice just to have some time off work, even if you don't use it to go anywhere in particular.
  • Noggin the Nog
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    • 15th Jul 09, 10:14 AM
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    • 15th Jul 09, 10:14 AM
    There are instructions on a charity fundraising blogsite for how to have a holiday in France (and how to apply it to anywhere else, particularly Europe) (a) without leaving your sofa (b) without leaving town or (c) by going to the "foreign" bits of the UK such as the French bit of London where you can hear French spoken all day, eat in French restaurants, go into French bookshops etc. There's a post describing how to create the holiday and another describing the blogger's resulting weekend in "France". It involved very creative use of DVDs (including one of "M. Hulot's Holiday" set on the French Riviera), Flickr, Googleview and other things - very cheap!

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    • 15th Jul 09, 10:23 AM
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    • 15th Jul 09, 10:23 AM
    There's another post on the same site about how to have a "staycation" including visiting places included in the National Gardens Scheme and making the most of local tourist info sites such as Visit Britain. It also recommends behaving as though you were about to emigrate to Australia, which should motivate you to visit all those things in your local area that you've put off thinking they were just "for tourist" but are probably really good.

    There are instructions on a charity fundraising blogsite for how to have a holiday in France (and how to apply it to anywhere else, particularly Europe) (a) without leaving your sofa (b) without leaving town or (c) by going to the "foreign" bits of the UK such as the French bit of London where you can hear French spoken all day, eat in French restaurants, go into French bookshops etc. There's a post describing how to create the holiday and another describing the blogger's resulting weekend in "France". It involved very creative use of DVDs (including one of "M. Hulot's Holiday" set on the French Riviera), Flickr, Googleview and other things - very cheap!

    The site offers new money-saving tips each week like this one so that people can donate part of their savings to biomedical research for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (if you know someone with the illness, please tell them about the site).
    Originally posted by Noggin the Nog
  • brushcolour
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    • 15th Jul 09, 10:49 PM
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    • 15th Jul 09, 10:49 PM
    im a single mum with a preschooler living in basildon and ive been having lots of sundays in my local travelodge for £9 since before xmas and using the david lloyd health club next door which im an off peak member of but never find the time to go for myself otherwise (just swimming ballet and tap for lil one)! my mum cooks sunday dinner then drops me off afterwards and looks after my little girl while i indulge in beauty treatments in the hotel's family room which has a full size bath for bubble baths and take some wine and chocolates and candles in. then nip next door in the evening to the gym until closes at 11pm then next day have a lie in then off to read clubs papers and magazines by outdoor pool and order kids teriyaki chicken jacket potatoe salad and broccoli with glass of milk -costs £3.60 then my mum meets me at 4pm so i can take my girl to her ballet tap class
    This has really helped me relax and de stress and havent needed to go on holiday. have supplemented with 4 weekends away also in £9 travelodges in oxford for sightseeing, staines , slough for windsor thorpe park and legoland and chessington for hampton court flower show and chessington with 2 for 1 tickets. This has all cost the same as just one weeks holiday
    Last edited by MSE Archna; 20-07-2009 at 4:13 PM.
    • tryingtobegood
    • By tryingtobegood 15th Jul 09, 11:33 PM
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    • 15th Jul 09, 11:33 PM
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    Go to your local library! There's usually leaflets and brochures detailing what to do while the "school's out" for summer! I picked one up last night and was amazed at what is going on around me for free and suitable for all age groups.
  • norahj
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    • 16th Jul 09, 5:47 PM
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    • 16th Jul 09, 5:47 PM
    Living in Cornwall, there are a plethora of attractions but they all cost a small fortune. Most of the time my children were only interested in the play facilities, so last summer we had a tour of municipal playparks in the area! Free, varied, take a picnic, design a rating sheet for older ones to fill in to compare and contrast... Don't forget that what is mundane for some is a novelty for others - going on a train is passe but a bus is an adventure!

    I've also taken to making a Post-It wall - I used to feel that we got to the end of the school holidays and had never really got around to doing anything. So now I write down different things we'd like to do/visit on a separate Post-It and stick them on a wall e.g. swimming, boat trip, National Trust property using Walker's tokens. I also look at the local paper/free magazines sent home from school for vouchers and ideas to add to the wall.
    Last edited by MSE Archna; 20-07-2009 at 4:14 PM.
  • bryonyhines
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    • 21st Jul 09, 6:58 PM
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    1) Ask a friend to swap houses with you for a day or two
    2) Go swimming in the morning, (followed by a quick go on the sunbed for extra feeling of being on holiday)
    3) Have lunch/dinner in a part of town that has a lot of foreign restaurants and a general feeling of being on holiday
    4) Stay the night at the friends house, and then repeat the next day

    This can be amended to match what you would normally do on holiday, such as sports/outdoor activities, etc.

    I'm sure discounts can be found on MSE for most of these things.
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  • lizzydripcliff
    Holiday where EVERYTHING IS FREE
    I am building an urban beach in the moor, sheffield 27 july - 2 august and one in all saints square, rotherham 10-15 august.
    Everything we provide is free. Prize bingo, donkey rides, circus workshop, punch & judy, face painting, balloon modelling, real beach sand for sandcastle competitions, surf board simulator, rodeo bull, storytelling, make and take workshops.

    Different themes each day, teddy bears picnics, yorkshire day, pirate party, car rally etc
  • jumblejack
    My lads LOVE camping out in the garden, rain or shine. In the morning they have mugs is steaming cocoa and hot buttered toast passed to them through the patio window by yours truly which they either have on the benches or take back to the tent (depending on the weather!).
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  • Laney22
    Go to a local campsite for a few days!

    We used to travel a few hours a way for our summer camping holidays, but since my hubby got made redundant we just stick locally (to save petrol) and it's just as fun!
    Pack up a huge picnic and some ball games, book into a local campsite, set up camp and enjoy some fantastic family time!!
    If you can then choose a decent holiday park and then you can enjoy all the facilities - pool, entertainment etc. you'll totally forget your 5 mins away from home.
    We're in Kent and have been going to New Beach holiday park in Dymchurch. If anyone's near I'd really recommend it. We went for a few days a couple of weeks ago and booked through the website, the company's Park Holidays UK. I think it worjked out just over £20 a night for the 4 of us. Bargin!
    • troubrs
    • By troubrs 22nd Jul 09, 2:57 PM
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    National Trust & Holiday Parks, free days out
    I've been made redundant & am due to start work again after the school summer holidays, so I've been looking for some low budget/free days out with the children, here are a couple I've come up with in addition to the obvious Tesco, Nectar, Air Miles trips.

    I know in the old days when it used to rain on UK holidays we used to spend a fortune visiting National Trust properties. However, I don't think I've ever visited any of my local ones (& they're not all stuffy old houses either, there are all sorts of things). So, do laugh if you want, but every time I see a Walkers crisp packet on the floor, I pick it up, take it home & put the 'days out' code on it into the computer (you need to register for Walkers - Gary's Great Trips), then do my bit by throwing away the packet! So far I have amassed 84 points (& tidied up my neighbourhood a bit too) & you can get a family day pass to National Trust properties for between 5 & 15 points - so that's a lot of free days out! (you can get individual passes too). I have young children & live in Essex so I am going to visit Sutton Hoo & Ickworth House, both of which apparently have great childrens' play areas & activities. You can look up on the National Trust website which have adventure playgounds etc. There isn't much else totally free in the Walkers offer, but you can get a 2 for 1 pub meal, & this includes a great pub near us with a massive garden with loads of big trampolines, play frames etc where you can practically camp out for the whole afternoon after you've had lunch!

    I'm also planning to buy some Abbey Well water (500ml or 750ml) for the free swim on Mondays. One of the free swims is at Haven leisure parks where you can use their pool complexes for 2 hours on a Monday, so I will combine this with a day to the seaside.
  • chickenrunner
    Hi Laney22 - yer hubby must have got a decent pay off if you can be off on one of them there holidays!!!
  • carolt
    Go for a country walk, go blackberry picking, and cook the results when you get back - plenty already appearing near me!

    Free, yummy, and healthy!
  • Wottinger
    Hi
    A week or two back I read via Money Tips a board with ideas with how to entertain young kids at home in the holidays. Now I can't find that thread... Please can anyione help?
  • ailuro2
    Go to the beach if you live near one - (be aware you'll be reminded how sand gets everywhere)

    Sleep in the spare room if you have one - then you'll be reminded how much you love your own bed.

    Use up the little bottles of toiletries you have in the overnight bag from previous holidays. Marriott Aromatherapy stuff smells lovely. Then you'll be reminded of previous nights away. Don't do this if you only go to Travelodges - their soap sliver is just plain derisory.

    Go to a Museum then out for lunch - it's cheaper than dinner and you can go home for a nap afterwards. Just call it a siesta.
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    • savingqueen
    • By savingqueen 2nd Aug 09, 10:36 PM
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    Hi brushcolour

    I also live in Basildon and have two little ones aged 2 and 5 years old. I rarely get to pamper myself. OH encourages me to go out shopping or whatever to give myself a break but don't always feel like it and can't afford to buy much anyway. Some quiet time to myself "indoors", just having a soak in the bath, doing my nails, reading and sleeping etc with no interruptions sounds like heaven and for £9 affordable. I'm going to book myself in first chance I get. Daft question (to anyone) but do you have to actually stay the night?- even just an afternoon on my own would be great... big sigh
  • ljwoody
    This is a really good idea - you should post where the best ones are!

    Living in Cornwall, there are a plethora of attractions but they all cost a small fortune. Most of the time my children were only interested in the play facilities, so last summer we had a tour of municipal playparks in the area! Free, varied, take a picnic, design a rating sheet for older ones to fill in to compare and contrast... Don't forget that what is mundane for some is a novelty for others - going on a train is passe but a bus is an adventure!
    Originally posted by norahj
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