Going on holiday can often be a mixture of excitement and dread. On the one hand, you’re excited to visit a whole new place and get away from the hubbub of work for a while. On the other hand, you’re dreading the moment the holiday is over and the piggy bank seems to be a fair bit lighter.
It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re travelling to Scotland, for instance, there are plenty of ways in which you can make your holiday as perfect as you want it to be, without having the financial side of things concerning you the whole time. Here are just a few ideas to help you experience the ultimate, budgeted Scotland holiday:
Take Your Accommodation With You
One of the costliest parts of any holiday is accommodation. According to recent surveys, 83% of Britons revealed that they spend most of their budget on accommodation alone, and that’s not to mention the travel costs of getting from place to place. If you were to hire a motorhome for your Scotland travels, then you can take your accommodation with you, avoiding all of those hotel costs whilst also saving the time it takes to find a hotel, book in, drag around luggage and travel to the next place. A motorhome cuts all of that out and ensures you focus one thing: the adventure.
Try To Have No-Spend Days
Whilst it can be tempting to experience all the tourist hot spots, they can be a bit costly if you’re on a budget. In this way, you should try to balance out your holiday by ensuring you have no-spend days. These are days when, instead of going to visit a tourist attraction, you park up somewhere scenic and get those old hiking boots into action.
Hiking can be the best way to experience Scotland. It is a meditative experience, with the ability to put you back in touch with nature until all of the stresses of your normal life are far behind you. Cycling is also a good option, and you can ensure your motorhome comes equipped with a bike rack to make sure no-spend days are as effortless as possible.
Treat Yourself To Some Self Catering
Whilst you’re on holiday in Scotland, you’ll find that restaurants and pubs eat up a great deal of your budget, so it’s always a wise idea to self-cate every now and then. You have the ability to cook up some grub from the comfort of your motorhome, so take advantage and keep those costs down. If you’re looking for something a little more spectacular, then you can also find a camping site and do a little campfire fry up. This is a great way to experience more of the outdoors, make some memories, and also keep your meals as cheap and cheerful as possible.
If You Do Go Out, Choose Your Drinks Wisely!
Scotland is renowned for its breweries, so whilst it’s perfectly okay to try out some local brews and beverages, you shouldn’t indulge every day. A large portion of holiday budgets are actually spent on alcoholic drinks, so keep your finances in mind and choose something which won’t set you back. If you’re a beer drinker, for instance, you’ll find that Scottish draft beers are far cheaper than most other beers on the menu. Every now and then, treat yourself to a Tennent’s and allow your wallet to feel a little heavier as a result!
Take Advantage Of All The Freebies
Scotland is a beautiful place, and so much of it can be seen and experienced without spending a penny. When you’re travelling the country, try to park up in locations with free tourist hotspots. These can include museums, galleries, castles or even lochs. Most of the time, they’re typically the best hotspots to experience anyway. Not to mention, they’re a great way to educate yourself about the history of Scotland, whilst also seeing beautiful sites which you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else in the world.
Go Out There And Enjoy It!
Whatever way you choose to experience Scotland, the most important thing is that you go out there and enjoy your holiday. It’s not every day you get to explore a country like this. Even on a budget, it’s a beautiful place put your normal life behind you and simply let the road show you the way.