How to have a holiday for under £20!

Now we all know how expensive it can be to go on holiday! Especially when you’re a university student you don’t kind of have that money. But, I’ve got a holiday that costs under £20 and it’s still filled with fun and memories. Now the most expensive part of holidays is the travel cost and accommodation. Here are the steps I took to create my budget holiday by having a staycation.

Staycation

Accommodation & Travel

We choose to camp as this is the cheapest option of accommodation. Lucky for us both of our parents own tent so we could borrow one which cost nothing. Now to camp at a campsite can add up so we decided to be cheeky and ask my boyfriends parents if we could camp in their back garden. This was free so up to this point we hadn’t spent anything. We borrowed, an air mattress from my parents and a sleeping bag. Of course, there was no travel costs except petrol from our flat to my boyfriends parents, which was very little cost.

 

 

 

Food

Now, of course you have to eat on holiday so we decided to do a small shop at our local Tesco. This can be a little pricey so we stuck to own brands such as Tesco value. Our shopping total came to £5. We bought some sausages to barbecue one night and to have another morning for breakfast we also bought, pasta and bread. My boyfriends parents were very good at supplying some extra treats here and there, such as hot chocolates and chocolate biscuits.

Food

Events

When camping you have the whole day free so of course I had to pass the time. I brought a book with me to read and we also planned to go on some local walks. We went on a walk around a local reservoir which was lovely. Another good idea is to find local food places. We visited a local ice cream parlour and shared a waffle with ice cream to save some money. This cost us £5 and it tasted delicious!

Walk

Weather

Unfortunately, the weather isn’t something you can guarantee but since we have being having this heat wave during our trip it was amazing!. In the day time we avoided the tent as it turned into a greenhouse but at night it was beautiful to lay and listen to the wildlife. Although, it did get a little nippy at around 1am so I made sure I had extra layers to add on.

 

Let me know if you’ve ever had a staycation?

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Brooke x

 

19 Comments

  1. katie July 29, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun, sometimes a staycation like this can be as good as a big fancy holiday if you spend your time wisely!

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      I definitely agree with you I had so much fun and it didn’t break the bank☺️

  2. Samantha July 29, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I’ve never been on a staycation but I’d love to after reading your post! I love how much time you would have in the day to explore and relax, plus I’ve never been camping so it would be a great opportunity to do so. Great post, lovely!

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you! This is my first staycation and we wanted to change it up instead of staying at our flat we wanted to camp but with the comfort of our own clean loo so Matt’s parents garden seemed to be the best place😂x

  3. Anja Debeljak (Gaia-s) July 29, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    This post is great. It somehow reminds me of adventures I had as a kid haha
    I’m glad you 2 had a nice vacation without breaking the bank

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you! I wish I’d done this more as a child because I had so much fun☺️x

  4. Alice July 29, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    This is such a cute idea, my boyfriend has quite a large garden but I’d never actually thought of having a little camping trip in it! I’ll definitely mention it to him next time we get a bit restless at home and I love a little local walk!
    Alice Xx

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you and it’s so much fun! Me and my boyfriend loved it and had the best time☺️x

  5. Alice July 29, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Oh wow, this sounds and looks like such a lovely little time away! I absolutely love camping but I haven’t been with just my boyfriend yet, I’ll drfinitely have to suggest it to him. I love how affordable you made it all, Tesco can be so great for deals and offers. Those waffles look incredible, I’d demolish them! x

    Alice // http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      I’m already looking into our next camping trip and maybe pushing the boat out and actually camping at a camp site😂 The waffles were amazing, I may have to go back and have another☺️x

  6. Kristine Contemplacion July 29, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Great post! We love staycations too. You just gave me ideas on camping with our girls. It’s too hot and humid in Florida to go camping now so we will wait a few months, probably in October or November.

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      It was when we had the heatwave in the U.K. and although it was lovely I think camping when it was cooler it would be more comfortable☺️x

  7. Gemma July 29, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    It’s great to have a mini holiday without spending a lot. I definitely say visiting your local area is great! You never know what’s on your doorstep. We actually joked around the other week about camping in our back garden, it would definitely be an experience!

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      I definitely recommend we had an amazing time and discovered so many new places and walks from doing it☺️x

  8. Liz July 29, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    This is so cute! I wouldn’t ever think to stay in parents’ back gardens but we have stayed in my boyfriend’s parents camper on their drive before! I’m not a big camping person but if we want to go away, we head to Skegness to stay at my family’s caravan there and we can have a cheap break (apart from the arcades)! Such fun ideas.

    Liz xx

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      I love going to the seaside too!☺️ I recently went to cleethorpes for the day and we had so much fun but the arcades do get you😂x

  9. Daniel Cross July 29, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Some novel ideas in this post, I think it’s awesome. My wallet will also thank you!

    • brookepearson
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you for reading, it’s definitely a way to have a holiday without spending loads☺️

  10. Emily July 30, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Such a great post! I’ll definitely have to try this out as my boyfriend and I are both uni students… thank you for the tips! Xx

    Side note – i’ve also recently started blogging so it’d be great if you could check out my blog! Thanks!
    https://dailydoseofem.blogspot.com/

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