Earlier this week my girlfriend Helen turned 25, and I surprised her by whisking her off to the airport and on a fantastic holiday.
We’ve not really been away since our trip to Thailand 10 months ago. In that time a lot has changed. It was safe to say we needed this trip to Gran Canaria on a budget.
So, if you’re looking for some winter sunshine read on…
Don’t forget to read up on how to create the perfect travel budget to ensure you maximise your savings on any holiday.
Travel Insurance – £10
Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or much more major things such as illness of death abroad. Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it.
Helen and I both have travel insurance as part of a service with our bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.
Airport Parking – £15
The cost of parking your car at an airport is always one that hits me hard!
We’ve previously travelled by train to the airport and by bus, to save ourselves a couple of pounds, the hassle has never been worth it. Especially after a long haul flight – you just want to get home.
The cost of parking at an airport varies drastically based on airport and time of year but with a couple of simple tricks you should be able to get four or five nights for around £25 for the entire car. Depending on how many people you travel with this could significantly reduce the cost per person.
I’d always recommend seeing how much you can save parking with Just Park. Either at someone’s home or at various retail or commercial points. I use it a lot myself to pre-book parking spaces at a reduced rate especially in big cities such as London.
Airport Food – £3.99
Due to the short travel time, and expensive food on our flight we opted for a meal deal at the WH Smiths within the airport. The food was much better than I’ve ever had on a budget airline and price was super reasonable too.
Flight – £27
Yes, you did read that right. We managed to get flights from Leeds Bradford Airport direct to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria for just £27 each return and the dates weren’t limited.
We managed to keep our £27 flights, £27 by avoiding any hidden airline charges. These charges are never a great start to any holiday and can go a long way to completely blowing your budget.
Transfers – £9.59
For our transfers from the airport to our accommodation (around a 30 minute drive) we used Hoppa. A service I’d not used before but I’d heard great things about.
Opting for a shared bus over a private taxi saved us £20 each however depending on the numbers your travelling with the amount will vary significantly. The desk was easy to find in the arrivals lounge and the bus ride was great.
Hotel – £147.02
We managed to find a lovely self-catering apartment in a four star hotel for just £147.02 each. The bonus of the self-catering apartment was that it allowed us to save on our food, opting to eat breakfast and lunch in the apartment and only dining out for our evening meal.
With a supermarket 1 minute walk away, the beach 5 minutes and the main entertainment complex also 5 minutes away The Anamar Suites offered us everything we could imagine and more. Check out what a fun time we had in the newly renovated pool too!
Attractions – £6
Whilst there’s certainly plenty to do in Gran Canaria, we didn’t feel the need for it. This for us was simply four days to lay on a sun bed in the sunshine.
That meant we could keep our attractions budget to a minimum setting aside just £6 for a game of crazy golf on an evening.
Food – £50
The food budget was simple. £10 each put towards a supermarket shop allowed us to buy enough supplies for 4 nights, this included cereal, milk and croissants for breakfast. Bread, butter, cheese and ham for lunch. Cans of premium beer, bottles of diet coke and crisps and biscuits to snack on.
Depending on your party numbers and circumstances you can flex the budget any which way you like here to offer up a variety of different options or choose to bring your own.
The only time we did eat out was on an evening. We budgeted £10 per evening and that was more than enough. Buffets line the streets in Playa Del Ingles and can be dined at for £6.50 per person leaving you room for a drink or desert. Even when we opted to splash out at a local tapas bar having read the reviews on TripAdvisor we still came within budget.
Souvenirs – £0
This one is simple, we didn’t buy any. There were loads of things we loved, but most of all we loved the memories we made and the photos we took. By choosing not to bring souvenirs back for ourselves and others we saved around £50 each – which is going towards our next holiday!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how we can make Gran Canaria on a budget a possibility. Be sure to let me know if you book a trip to Gran Canaria or how you maintain a budget whilst on a family holiday in the comments below…