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The good news is that the holiday season is upon us… hooray! The bad news is that a week of fun in the sun can put a major dent in your finances.

But don’t despair. You can spend your hols right here in the UK and save yourself a fortune. And if you think the UK is a crummy destination, think again. Because last year, more than 30 million people came here to enjoy our spectacular cities, beautiful beaches and majestic mountains.

So what are your options? Here’s a few UK holiday highlights…

City breaks

There are 69 cities in the UK, from Inverness way up in the Scottish Highlands, down to Truro on the Cornish coast. So why not treat yourself to a city break?

If you’re travelling by train, make sure you book well in advance to get the cheapest fares. Or if you’re planning more than one journey, it might be worth buying a Railcard, which can save you a third off rail fares and up to 60% off kids’ tickets. Check out < www.railcard.co.uk> for more details.

And don’t even think about paying full price for your hotel – search the discount hotel websites and you’ll save yourself a packet. You should be able to find plenty of rooms for less than £40 a night.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks are great for families. But if you’re on a budget, it’s best to avoid popular periods like school holidays when prices skyrocket. Kids in school? No problem - book a mid-season weekend break and dodge the peak prices.

Most holiday parks offer loads of fun activities, from swimming pools to mini-golf. But to get the most out of your trip, step outside and explore the world beyond the camp. And instead of blowing your budget on a fancy 3-course meal in the on-site restaurant, treat yourself to fish ‘n’ chips on the beach. And if you get sand in your mushy peas, hey… you’ll know you’re on a Great British holiday.

Hello campers

If you’re the “outdoors” type, you can enjoy a fab fortnight under canvas for less than a return flight to the Med. OK, so the weather might not be as hot, but think what you’ll save on sun cream. And if you choose the right UK destination, you can have all the sea and sand you could wish for.

The first thing you’ll need is some camping gear, so shop around and you’ll be able to kit yourself out with a tent, sleeping bags and cooking equipment for under £200. And with site fees starting at less than £10 per night, camping has to be the best-value holiday on the planet.

This year, instead of an eye-wateringly expensive holiday to some far-flung destination, why not explore the wonders of Britain? After all, there’s a reason it’s called Great!

The cost of holidaying in the UK

The cost of holidaying in the UK

Childcare costs

Childcare costs

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