Holiday at home

The best thing about holidaying at home is that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a great time. If you are planning a holiday at home, we have come up with some tips to help you enjoy yourself without breaking the bank:

  • First, make sure you plan ahead, and don’t put it off.  We can often assume that we don’t need to plan for a holiday at home. But coming up with a plan will allow you make the most of your precious holiday time. Sit down with the whole family and work out what you would like to do each day of your holiday. And remember, have a contingency plan for rainy days as well
  • Set a daily budget so you don’t spend more than you intend to. Our holiday at home budget planner can help you work out how far your budget will go. Don’t forget to allow some extra money for unexpected expenses
  • There are many festivals, events and attractions on all over the country. DiscoverIreland.ie has lots of information on events, including free ones, that are taking place. Some local councils will run free events in parks during the holidays with either a music, sporting or a craft theme
  • Think about museums, parks and  outdoor activities like hiking and biking. It might be a good opportunity for you to try a new sport for the first time. A big advantage of holidaying in Ireland is you have time to enjoy our beautiful countryside. If being outdoors is part of your holiday plan, Coillte has a list offamily cycling and walking trails around the country and it’s a great starting point for those who love to walk or cycle. If the weather is nice, having a picnic can be an inexpensive and very enjoyable way to spend time outdoors
  • Decide before you go which days are going to be ‘treat days’. That way you can plan your spending and look forward to doing something enjoyable that may cost a little more, such as a nice meal out
  • Talk to the local tourist offices:  They are best placed to give you an overview of the highlights of the local area. Check out their website if they have one in the place you’re going to, and also drop in for a visit as soon as you arrive. You could also look online to see if you could find vouchers or discounts for visiting local attractions
  • Make some time to relax: You don’t have to do something big on every single day of your holiday. Try a big day out followed by a day or two of doing something low key and relaxed. Bring board games to keep the kids entertained and have some family fun
  • See what you can bring from home.  Root out any sports or beach equipment you have and bring it with you in case there are opportunities to use it when you are away. This will save you having to buy new gear when you are holidays and lets you get value out of what you already have

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