Money Saving Tips

How to plan a weekend away on a budget.


Dylan Mitchell

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With the price of pretty much everything rocketing all around us, the thought of getting away for the weekend might seem far-fetched, but it needn't be. With tastecard's savvy savings in your pocket, you can make any weekend away that bit more affordable. So, if you're after a spot of inexpensive escapism, you're in luck; we've put together a handy guide to help you plan a weekend away on a budget...

Our top tips for a budget-friendly weekend away.

From planning your destination to scouring for deals, here are a few ideas to help you plan a weekend away on a budget:

  • Find an affordable destination
  • Look for accommodation deals
  • Check for things to do nearby
  • Search for affordable places to dine
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Find an affordable destination.

First things first, to make sure your weekend comes in on budget, we recommend picking a destination you can get to that won't cost you a fortune. If you were planning on driving to your getaway, check to see if the coach or train would be cheaper beforehand.

Booking tickets for trains or coaches in advance can save you heaps of cash – check out websites like trainline, CheckMyBus, and TicketySplit; they're super handy at finding you the cheapest travel fares.

Look for accommodation deals.

Now you've chosen a destination that's not overly expensive to get to, it's time to find somewhere to stay that's budget-friendly too. 

If it's a hotel you're after, have a peek at our exclusive Member Perks. We're always adding hotel deals on there, so sign up to tastecard, have a browse at our offers, and who knows, you might just bag yourself a bargain. 

Looking for something even cheaper than a hotel? If you don't mind braving the outdoors and already have all the necessary equipment, why not brave it on a campsite? There are 1000s of campsites across the UK, and they're often a lot cheaper than hotels. So, if you don't find the thought of a couple of nights in a tent, caravan, or campervan too off-putting, you could save a fortune on your next trip away.

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Check for things to do nearby.

So, you've found your destination and accommodation, but what is there to do in the area? It's no fun going on a weekend away if there's nothing to do nearby. Luckily, tastecard members can save tons with discounts and deals at the UK's biggest attractions

Whether it's something fun for the family, the perfect spot for a date, or something a little more adventurous – have a look at our days out offers and see if there's anything close to where you're heading. It's so much better when making memories doesn't break the bank. 

Search for affordable places to dine.

Who doesn’t love dining out when they’re away for the weekend? Nobody wants to be slaving over a stove or making packed lunches, but at the same time, no one wants to spend hundreds on meals. Well, it’s a good job you can get 1000s of dining discounts with a tastecard membership. Download the tastecard app and use our map feature to see the closest restaurants where you can grab 2 for 1 meals, 50% off food, or 25% off food & drinks. 

Rather have a cosy night in while you’re away? tastecard members can also get stuck into 50% off pizza delivery nationwide from Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Domino’s. 

Start saving with tastecard.

Now you have ideas for weekends away on a budget, you should try tastecard today and tuck into 2 for 1 meals, 50% off food or 25% off food & drink, cinema ticket savings, and discounts on days out.