Camping in France on a budget
Camping in France needn’t be expensive and if you’re on a budget we’ve put together some tips to help you find the perfect family holiday.
Booking a budget camping holiday doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the quality of accommodation or facilities at your chosen campsite, it just means you have to be a little clever with when, where and with whom you book your holiday.
Some of the best forms of accommodation and campsites are available at lower prices than you’d think with a little shopping around.
To help you with your quest, you’ll find our top 5 tips on finding and booking a camping holiday in France on a budget below.
1) Book Early or Last Minute
If you really want a particular campsite then you’re going to have to book early. Booking early doesn’t mean you pay more for your holiday, in actual fact the majority of companies we feature have fantastic special offers available for those happy to book early. These can include discounts of up to 50% depending upon the time of year you wish to travel.
At the opposite end of the scale if you don’t care where you go but just want a really cheap deal, then booking a last minute holiday could be for you. Once you’ve decided when you want to go, leave booking your holiday until a week or so before. We’ve seen holidays in the past with massive discounts just because they are last minute deals.
2) Multiple Stay Holidays
Multiple stay holidays can also lead to some fantastic savings. Many companies end up with odd days available to be booked throughout the season. As the majority of holidays can be booked to start on any day and for any length of stay, more often than not there maybe 3,4 or 5 night gaps between bookings.
Companies often find it hard to fill these gaps as most people want to stay for a week. We’ve taken advantage of these gaps ourselves in the past. By staying at one campsite for 3,4 or 5 nights and then moving to another nearby or even further afield for another 3,4 or 5 nights. This not only means that you can get a cheaper holiday but also allows you to explore more of France.
3) Travel in Low Season
If you’re either travelling without children or with children under school age, why not go out of season. May, June, Early July and September all still have great weather and campsites are not only less busy but also considerably cheaper. Accommodation prices are cheaper to begin with and the discounts available can be anything from 10 – 50% off.
2) Combine Your Travel and Holiday Together
Booking your ferry or Eurotunnel and holiday with the same company generally allows you to save money. Most holiday companies we feature offer discounts on the regular fare prices if you book both with them. Ferries from Dover can be much cheaper than those from other parts of the country however long driving distance may put some people off. When you’re travelling by ferry, don’t forget to take a look at a slightly earlier or later ferry crossing time. These can quite often cost up to half the price of the more popular times.
An alternative to traveling from Dover is to book both your holiday and travel with Brittany Ferries. The cost of a ferry with Brittany Ferries is considerably more expensive than travelling from Dover, however Brittany Ferries offer substantial discounts off the cost of their combined ferry and holiday prices.
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We regularly search the special offers from each of the major holiday companies and provide you with some of the best available. Before you book a holiday check out our blog, early booking offers, special offers, Facebook and Twitter pages to ensure you don’t miss out.
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