We all need a break from time to time, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.

So how can you have maximum fun without spending maximum money? Here are the Advance Credit Union ideas for a great holiday:

Out of season – prices are lower if you can avoid the school holidays, sometimes even a day or two can make a big difference.

UK is OK – you don’t have to go abroad, the UK is a great place for a holiday: amazing beaches, good food and don’t need a passport

Book early – get a discount by booking your holiday early. You may just need to pay a deposit to secure a great holiday at a reduced price.

 Do something different – holidays are about relaxing, having fun. Try something you’ve never done before, It might be outside your comfort zone, but you’ll definitely have a story to share!

Carry on Camping – much cheaper than a hotel and can be a lot more fun too. Find a campsite here and camping gear here.

Local Library – they have a great collection of travel guides, maps, plus books to read while you’re away – even ebooks for your electronic devices in Birmingham and Solihull. All free!

Homecation – can’t afford to go away? That’s OK, just sleep at home but plan each day to do something you’d do if away: visit a castle, crazy-golf, swim, daytrip to the beach (hint – Weston-Super-Mere is Birmingham’s nearest)

Set a Budget – decide how much you can afford to spend on your holiday and stick to it! Remember to allow for unexpected expenses; train tickets, meal out, etc.

How Advance Credit Union can help

We offer a number of services to help you have a great holiday:

Credit union loan – many credit union members spread the cost of their holiday with a loan from Advance Credit Union. It is a good idea to repay your loan within 12 months; you may well want to have another holiday next year.


Engage card

Engage Account offers great cashback rewards and discounts on holidays, flights, hotels, car hire and more. Just log in to your account and select online rewards then holidays and travel. Don’t forget Cashback Rewards on your everyday spending at many high street retailers. Plus your Engage Visa card is accepted worldwide! (fees may apply on foreign transactions, see terms and conditions)

Activity Ideas – Need some activity ideas to entertain the kids? See our School Holidays Planner – coming soon -updated for 2018!