Looking for a summer holiday to remember but feel constrained by a modest budget? Worry not, because you certainly aren’t alone and we are here to let you know that you don’t need to spend eye-watering amounts of money on a family getaway you will never forget.
Every family deserves a break away together, allowing them to relax, unwind and make memories that will last a lifetime. Families with little ones should take every opportunity that comes their way to create moments they can reminisce over for years to come – they won’t stay little forever, much to the dismay of parents everywhere.
What Families Budget for Summer Holidays
According to a report in the Manchester Evening News, families are spending an average of £975 entertaining their children over the summer holidays. Of the 2,000 people that took part in an online survey, a third admitted that they struggle for ideas for things to do with their children over the holidays, with more than two-thirds feeling guilty for not spending more time with them over the six-week summer break.
The top three most popular activities for families were found to be the park, going to the cinema and eating out at a restaurant – with family picnics, movie nights and a trip to a theme park also featuring in the top 10. Many of those surveyed cited pressure from social media, with a fifth of parents wanting to keep up with what they had seen others do on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Social media, for all its positives, undoubtedly has its negatives and one of those is certainly the unrealistic expectations it can feed. It is important to remember that much of what you see on social media is the very best version of someone’s life and you should never compare what you have with someone else. Besides, the cited survey also shows that children are just as happy, if not happier, taking part in cheaper, less expensive activities. As long as they are spending quality time with their family, all is good with the world.
So, with this in mind, we here at Allen’s Caravans want to show you just how easy it is to make a quick budget plan and then the rest is down to you! Click here for money saving luxury caravan holidays!
Making a quick budget plan
Income and Outgoings
First thing’s first, you need to work out your monthly income and outgoings before you can touch a penny. The best thing to do is to write down all of the things you need to pay out for that month and subtract them from your estimated monthly pay. If you’re unsure how much is going to come out, it’s always best to round it up so even if it’s a bit less, you won’t be disappointed and leave yourself strapped for cash for the rest of the month.
Second, you need to decide exactly what you’re going to do during the summer holidays and what is necessary i.e. childcare, petrol etc. and set a budget for it all. This might mean £50 a week for petrol and the same for childcare; as mentioned, always round the figures up, any spare cash is just a bonus! Also, don’t forget to look online for family fun day tickets as there tends to be a lot of these going around at this time of year.
Lastly, something that people always love to do during the summer is going on holiday, and there’s no reason why you can’t have a lovely trip away on a budget. You don’t even have to leave the UK! We have many caravan sites all equipped with necessary and leisurely facilities to meet your needs and desires. We suspect that you will find the budget caravan holidays on offer with us to be some of the best family getaways you can hope for, and you will be counting down the days until you can return to any of our holiday parks.
Treating the Kids
Our summer holidays suit all budgets and, whether you are counting the pennies or not this holiday season, you will still be able to spoil the kids rotten at an Allens Caravans holiday park. All our parks include facilities that kids – big and small – can make the most of; even better if mum, dad, nan and grandad fancy getting involved too!
When it is time for a break, because sooner or later you will need a moment to catch your breath, you will find a fantastic onsite restaurant in all our parks. Here, you will be able to sit down as a family and enjoy either a hot or cold meal in between activities, refuelling before getting right back into the thick of the action.
Additionally, you don’t have to stay onsite. We would encourage you to get out and explore the local area with our parks situated in some of the most picturesque locations, as well as being located close to some of the country’s most popular tourist hotspots. You will find parks close to historic towns, mountains and national parks, providing you with just another option for something to do with the kids on your holiday.
If you would like to enquire about one of the many holiday parks under the Allens Caravans banner, or you have any questions regarding our available facilities during this time of year, please do not hesitate to get in touch today! We look forward to hearing from you.
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