Holidays Under £50pp
A guide to getting holidays for less than £50 per person
Sadly it's unlikely you'll be able to find flight inclusive holidays under £50 per person, even with low cost airlines like Ryanair offering cheap escapes. Your accommodation would need to be a budget friendly hostel too, especially for solo travellers, sharing with other guests.
But fear not, the UK can be very cheap with many holiday parks offering short breaks for less, with brands like Park Holidays UK, Pontins and Haven regularly having holiday deals for less than £50 per person. If you're lucky, you may even be able to get a budget break under £50 per family with the likes of Pontins!
Popular Budget Friendly Holiday Destinations
NorfolkHolidays from £49pp
ScotlandHolidays from £35pp
CornwallHolidays from £35pp
Top Destinations Under £50
There are some fab destinations in the UK you can discover for much less than you think. Budget breaks abroad are far less likely, and you might have to shop around, book low cost airlines like Ryanair or Wizzair and stay in hostels to keep the cost down.
With stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and loads to do, Wales is such a great destination for a getaway. For a cheap city break, try Cardiff, while beach holiday destinations include Barmouth, Llandudno and Tenby.
The Lincolnshire coast has long been a favourite holiday destination for many Brits, with the popular seaside town of Skegness offering cheap hotels and caravan parks, along with great beaches, a seal sanctuary and lots of other things to do.
For a beach holiday, Dorset is a great choice. Places like Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Bournemouth have great hotels, caravan parks and self catering cottages meaning there's plenty of choice whoever you're with and whatever sort of holiday you're enjoying.
How To Get Away For Less Than £50pp
There are a few things you can do to keep your trip under budget.
Easier said than done, right? But the more flexible you are with both the travel period and destination/where you stay, the better your chances are for getting a holiday for less.
Go Self Catering
You can often save money by shopping for food and drinks at a supermarket on the way to where you're staying, and bringing it with you. Holiday parks for example, usually have on-site restaurants you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at, but when you're away with the family, this can easily add up, so the cheapest self catering holidays are when you're cooking all the meals. Don't forget the treats like sweets and ice creams.
Collect Points & Vouchers
Whether you collect Tesco Clubcard points, Nectar points or credit card air miles, if you're saving them up, you can often spend them on some sort of treat for the family, whether that's an activity to do while you're away, like zoo or attraction tickets, or getting money off your actual holiday.
City breaks under £50pp
City breaks really don't have to cost much. For a start, there are so many cheap hotel and accommodation options in cities nowadays. Brands like Travelodge & Premier Inn are firm favourites, but many indpendent hotels and B&Bs can also offer low prices. Try cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Bath and Norwich for a fun stay with plenty of free things to see and do.
If you really want to keep it cheap or don't mind sharing, then hostels could be a great way to go. Long gone are the days of dirty dorm rooms. Nowadays, with so much competition, hostels have to keep up standards to match those of other budget friendly accommodation options.
Beach holidays under £50pp
For a beach holiday, your best bet is to stay in the UK. Holidays abroad in places like Spain and Portugal will usually cost much more, mainly because of the cost of flights.
But you can still have an amazing family holiday at some great beach resorts in the UK, like Cornwall, Kent, and Sussex. Things like kids clubs, evening entertainment and access to the swimming pools might cost extra. For example, Haven's best prices are for just the accommodation and limited access to the entertainment venue, providing great value if you're planning to go exploring and aren't worried about using their facilities.
And to be fair, when you've got a great beach closeby, there's plenty of fun to be had on the sand. Come equipped with beach games, buckets, spades and a picnic, and you've got a fun day out for everyone.
Summer holidays under £50pp
As you're probably aware, during the school holidays, and in particular the summer holidays, holiday companies will push up prices to cope with demand. Don't forget they will also be incurring extra costs with additional staff, etc.
This does mean that finding a holiday for less than £50 in summer is highly unlikely (although never say never!) You might find that your preferred holiday park is not available, so trying somewhere new could bring down the cost.
Like many hotels and resorts, companies would rather have their rooms and holiday homes filled than go empty, so you might find that last minute deals could be the way to go. If they can't sell it, they may reduce the price, meaning much more affordable accommodation.
When the weather is good in particular, camping can also be a great and very fun option. There's nothing quite like pitching the tent up and snuggling up at night as a family.
Caravan Holidays Under £50
One of your best chances of getting a very cheap holiday is staying at a caravan park or holiday park. With brands like Pontins, Park Resorts and Haven Holidays offering parks throughout the UK, their holidays can start from as little as £69 for a family of four, that's less than £18 per person for a 4 night break.
Booking Your Holiday
If you know where you want to go and where you want to stay, you might be best booking direct with the tour operator, holiday provider, holiday park or hotel. They can often offer discounts for booking direct. Alternatively, if you're not sure yet, still deciding and need a bit of inspiration, we have some great ideas at My Budget Break or you can try companies like Breakfree Holidays if you're keen to stay in the UK and Spabreaks.com if you're looking to enjoy a relaxing spa break within your budget.
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Free Child Places
UK holidays generally won't have free child place offers, however, you might be able to find other discounts to keep down the cost of your holiday, such as discount codes, promotional offers like on Black Friday or in the January sales, or kids eat free or for less.
Frequently Asked Questions
My Budget Break of course! But all jokes aside, other great websites for cheap holidays are TravelSupermarket, Icelolly.com and Dealchecker.
The cheapest holiday destination is the UK because you don't have to worry about the cost of flights. The cheapest holiday destination abroad is usually somewhere like the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca or the Algarve.