5 top tips for planning your May bank holidayPrepare now to make the most of your long weekend

01 May 2014

Family enjoying a walk in a field

There are two bank holiday weekends to look forward to in May and many families may have already started planning how to spend their time off. 

By preparing certain aspects of your bank holiday activities in advance, you could find it much easier to make the most of your long weekend once it rolls around. 

We've chosen five top tips to help you do just that.

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Book a holiday cottage

If you’re planning on taking a break in the UK, then renting a holiday cottage is a popular holiday option, particularly for families or groups of friends. Think carefully about the location of your villa or holiday cottage, especially if you don’t want to rely on using a car to get around. 

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Look out for cheap train tickets

If you're planning on travelling by public transport during the bank holiday, it could be worth booking your train tickets in advance. 

Although cheap advance tickets are harder to come by on bank holidays, it's still worth browsing online for deals.

Alternatively, find out if you're eligible for discounts with a railcard. These often come with a fee, but you usually only need to make a few train journeys a year for it to be a worthwhile investment. 

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Shop around for your currency exchange

A recent Which? study indicated that you can potentially save hundreds of pounds by shopping around for the cheapest currency exchange provider before travelling abroad. 

Online currency providers were found to be among the cheapest on the market and many offer next-day home delivery.

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Capture the moment – digital cameras

As the summer holidays get closer, electronic stores tend to offer enticing deals on end-of-line cameras, so why not capture the memories of your fun family frolics using a high-quality digital camera? 

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Prepare for all weathers – waterproof jackets

Britain has a reputation for unpredictable bank holiday weather, no matter what the forecasters say. Predictably, some forecasts have predicted a 'mini-heatwave' this weekend, while others suggest that cold air from the Arctic is set to hit the UK.

It's better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to pack a coat.  

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