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Holiday expert reveals the best budget tips to follow for cheap Easter holidays

Simon Calder’s Travel

Many will be looking to book an Easter break where your money will go further this year.

Some will be tempted by a staycation closer to home, which could involve packing a bucket and spade for a seaside break or heading for the bright lights of a city you’ve always wanted to explore.

If a staycation is on the cards, Bev Dumbleton, chief operating officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages, suggests saving money by swapping well-trodden tourist hotpots for lesser-known alternatives.

Dumbleton says Sykes’ own weekly rental prices data suggests that locations such as Holmfirth and Staithes in Yorkshire, and Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd, Wales, often offer particularly good value.

She adds: “Savvy travellers can also look out for areas with low-cost activities and days out, be it exploring Blackpool’s numerous attractions, or getting lost in the Welsh valleys with hikes or adventures.”

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While there may be last-minute bargains, Dumbleton says that booking earlier could help to guarantee your top choice.

“Late deals will of course crop up, but if you wait too long you might miss out on some of the more affordable options that will likely be particularly popular this year,” she says.

Alternatively, being flexible and open-minded about your destination could also help.

“If you’re open to where and when you travel, keep your eyes peeled for discounts or offers,” advises Dumbleton.

Families with school-age children often see prices surge during busy holiday periods.

But there may still be ways to find cheaper options.

“If you can’t travel outside of school holidays, then keep an eye out for mid-week breaks which tend to be cheaper,” Dumbleton suggests.

“Holidaying towards the end of the school holidays can also be more affordable.”

It could also pay to bear in mind the timings of school holidays in the location that you’re planning to travel to, in case they slightly differ from where you live.

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If you’re considering a holiday rental, Dumbleton suggests teaming up with family members or friends to book a bigger property and split the cost.

“This will likely be a much cheaper option than individual hotel rooms or multiple holiday lets, while also making it…

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