Traveling can be expensive, but you can see the world without breaking the bank if you catch the right deals and offers. I recently spent a weekend in Edinburgh and managed to get my return travel from London and accommodation for under £100. Here’s how I did it:
Often the most expensive part of a short trip is the travel, especially if it involves flights or trains. Trains here in the UK can be notorious for their crazy pricing, however if you can keep a look out you can really drop on some amazing deals. Infact this is what inspired this trip. When I was browsing my emails I saw an offer from Virgin Trains offering £15 one way returns from London to Edinburgh, took a look at their website thinking there was no way there would be any left especially on a weekend, and there just happened to be some. So I thought sod it and just booked them then and there. I got a return ticket to Edinburgh for £30, and because I booked directly through Virgin Trains I got a free wifi voucher for both journeys. I feel like I should point out that this post is in no way sponsored by Virgin Trains, it’s just that’s where I happened to grab the deal from.
If you are flexible about when you can travel or book early in advance you can get some great deals, even if you are restricted to weekends like me. I recommend signing up for the mailing list for airlines and train companies so you can see when their sales are coming up. I’m signed up to a few and it’s great for planning a spontaneous trip. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a similar offer to Glasgow so I can take my first trip there in the future, fingers crossed!
Trying to find accommodation within a city that doesn't break the bank, even off season, is a bit of a nightmare. Especially if me you are traveling alone so you don’t have anyone to split the costs with. After much deliberating and hunting around hotels I looked at Airbnb. It was my first ever time looking into Airbnb so I was a bit nervous, but I found a great selection of budget friendly places with strong reviews. I didn’t want to stay on a hostel because I like my sleep and didn’t want to share a room, but the room I stayed in was private, quiet and in a great location. My host was friendly and left me to do my own thing privately, so I didn’t feel I was intruding which was a worry. My private room cost £33 and was an easy walk to the bottom of the Royal Mile and right at the foot of Arthur's Seat.
All together, the travel and accommodation cost just £63.
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