Thrifty Travel Guide: How to travel in style on a budget

How to travel in style on a budget

At Sleeperz Hotels we are all about helping people travel and stay in style for less.

A weekend away with friends or a romantic city break with your other half doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Nor does it mean you have to give up the little luxuries or treats that make you happy.

We’ve compiled a handy Thrifty Traveller’s guide to help you make your money go further without sacrificing the big ‘S’ – style.

How to travel in style on a budget

Save the pennies and the pounds add up

Cool UK city breaks for less

Our hotels in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle are all design-led premium budget hotels with contemporary stylish rooms smack bang in these happening city centres.

Our rooms start from £49 a night and come with lots of great extras you don’t expect in a cheap hotel – flat screen tv’s, free and fast wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, wet rooms in Newcastle and laptop safes.

Cityroomz Edinburgh bedroom

The newest budget hotel in Edinburgh – Cityroomz Edinburgh

Here are our top tips for traveling in style on a budget

Hurray for Happy Hour
These days nearly all but the most exclusive or expensive of restaurants run Happy Hour promotions during the week, offering discounts on selected dishes from their menus between say 5pm and 7pm. Why pay £10 for a pizza at 7.30pm when you can enjoy it for £4.50 only an hour earlier.

Viva la Vouchers
The rise of online voucher deals provides lots of opportunity to search for deals on eating out, entry to visitor attractions and even spa treatments. Try joining the likes of Groupon, Living Social and Wowcher before you travel and see if you can get savings of more than 50% on dinner at a restaurant or tickets to a comedy club.

Think ahead for top tickets
The best way to find cheap travel to cities like Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh is by looking for advance ticket purchase deals on trains.

Tickets are almost always cheapest when they are first released, and if you book up months in advance you are bound to make great savings, sometimes as much as 50%.

Train companies also run special offers, and so it’s worth checking on websites like www.eastcoast.co.uk or Transpennine Trains from time to time.

You can make your trip stylish by taking a posh picnic on the train with champagne or wine and fine food to help you enjoy the journey.

Let the deal come to you
Sometimes you don’t even have to look for a good deal, you can let them come to you. If you sign up for Sleeperz Hotels mailing list you’ll receive a handful of emails a year with great offers, like the Summer City Breaks for £55 in Cardiff and Newcastle, which we are currently running.

Best things in life are free
It’s a well worn phrase but it’s true. Every major city throws big events and festivals that are often free to enter, a good example is Cardiff Festival which is full of free events like Cardiff Multi-cultural Mela and its International Food and Drink Festival in Cardiff Bay, not far from Sleeperz Hotels Cardiff.

Street performers at Edinburgh Festival

There are always free events to attend in major cities

There are so many free things to do in Newcastle we created a guide to the free and family friendly attractions in the city, check it out here.

Get wise with local transport
Taking a taxi can be pricey but using public transport can be cheap and easy, especially in compact cities like Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle where Sleeperz operates budget hotels. In Newcastle you can zip around on the Tyne and Wear Metro and be in stylish places like coastal Tynemouth or Jesmond within minutes, and Edinburgh is soon to finish a new tram system that will be a cool way of getting about.

Loyalty equals £££££
There are bags of ways to save money by being loyal to a certain brand or bank. For example, Tesco credit card holders earn Clubcard points which they can then spend in store or on partner products, including rail tickets and short breaks. If you buy everything in advance and pay the card off every month your loyalty will earn you extra money and treats just for being savvy.

Enjoy your travelling, be stylish, be thrifty!!

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