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Get more from your Easter break this year

Get more from your Easter break this year

Category: Travel

Updated: 15/03/2016
First Published: 15/03/2016

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Are you thinking of taking an Easter break this year? If so, have you sorted out your finances for it? It could tot up to more than you think: research from American Express reveals that Britons spend an average of £431 per mini break (of five days or fewer), so it's vital to maximise your spending pot to make the most of your trip.

Where does all the money go?

The average spend of £431 per person incorporates accommodation (£172), food and drink (£131), travel to the destination (£128), shopping while you're there (£92), tickets for activities/entertainment (£72) and excursions (£64), and that's before we even get to things like local transport, gifts, treats and tipping (£219 in total).

It's little wonder that the cost of a mini break can ramp up, so it's no surprise that 24% of respondents admitted to getting carried away and spending beyond their budget – despite 31% opting for a mini break because they feel that it'll take less time to plan and ultimately costs less than a longer holiday. You don't need to go abroad to spend that kind of cash, either: the research found that staycations are the most popular choice for mini-breakers, with 61% of respondents taking at least one short break in the UK.

How to make your money go further

Despite costs often escalating when you're on holiday, there are things you can do to try and shave a few pounds off here and there, which could give you more spending money to enjoy while you're away.

First up, make sure to do your research. Don't always go for the first holiday you find but instead take the time to compare a few options – even something as simple as travelling at a different time of day can make all the difference to the final cost. Be on the lookout for local travel deals and entertainment passes, too, as these can be a great way to keep costs down while getting the most out of your chosen destination.

The same applies to things like excursions. Doing your research to find the right company beforehand can pay dividends and buying in advance is often cheaper, and you can make sure you're getting the experience you want, too. Be on the lookout for destinations and activities off the beaten track, too – if you can find a restaurant that locals rave about, you can beat the crowds and enjoy the true spirit of your chosen location.

Remember, too, that a great way to make your money go further is to pay for things using a cashback credit card. Just think of how much you could earn back from your travel and accommodation alone – it could soon add up! And, if you're travelling abroad, the right travel credit card can make all the difference to ensure you're not spending unnecessary amounts on things like foreign usage fees.

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

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