Chances are, you’ve not had a lot of time off over the festive period and you’re well overdue a good rest.
So, now that the sleigh bells have faded away and the New Year’s parties have come to an end, it’s the perfect time to start dreaming about warmer weather and planning your summer holiday for 2016.
We strive to save NHS staff money and make your life a little bit easier, so here are our top tips to help you save money on your summer holiday this year:
Choose the right dates
First things first, you need to decide when you want to go on holiday. If you’ve got children, then you’re going to be looking at going in the school holidays. If you haven’t got kids and are a bit more flexible with dates, then it would be cheaper for you to go in June, July or even September. You’ll save more money this way and the resorts will be a bit quieter, leaving you to relax in peace and soak up the rays.
Book the time off
Once you’ve decided on dates, don’t waste time in getting your holiday form in before your colleagues beat you to the best dates. You don’t want to end up being stuck at work covering other peoples’ shifts when you we’re hoping to be relaxing on a beach.
Take advantage of early booking deals
January is the perfect time to plan your summer holiday because of the fantastic early booking deals that you can pick up. There’s plenty of sales on holidays out there, but you’ve got the added bonus of an NHS discount at your disposal. Take a look at the Virgin Holidays’ Sale and you can pick up an extra 5% NHS discount with an NHS discount code.
Actually getting to the airport can be hard work and expensive. Looking for a good deal can save you some extra spending money. Purple Parking offer up to 60% off airport parking and you can get up to 25% extra NHS discount.
Going on an all-inclusive holiday might cost a bit more to book, but you will save a substantial amount once you get there, particularly if you’re on a small budget. You can enjoy your drinks and meals without paying extra, avoiding the daily hassle of trying to find a decent restaurant to eat at.
Don’t fancy going abroad this year? No problem! The popularity of UK breaks has risen dramatically in the past few years. Three quarters of Brits opted for a staycation in 2015, with Cornwall coming out on top as the most popular destination for summer holidays.
Booking a cottage break is the perfect way to experience everything that the UK has to offer. Cottages.com have some fantastic deals on holiday cottages throughout the UK, and NHS staff can get an extra 7% NHS discount.
Try something different
If you’re looking for an action-packed family holiday with something for all ages to enjoy, why not try something different this year and book a Eurocamp holiday? They have over 160 specifically-selected locations across Europe, activities galore and modern accommodation, plus you can get up to 50% NHS discount with your early booking.
Register for free today to claim your NHS discounts and save money on your summer holidays this year.