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Plan an affordable beach holiday in Sri Lanka - Luxury on a Budget

Anyone can enjoy a wonderful beach holiday in Sri Lanka without worrying about burning a hole in their wallet. The secret lies in planning ahead.


Get Your Timing Right

Booking accommodation during peak tourist season will mean that you will have to deal with woefully high prices. If your schedule allows it, the key is to travel during the off-peak period. Even prime tourist spots such as Wadduwa offer great prices during the off-peak season so you can easily book yourself into a Wadduwa luxury hotel. Even if you cannot travel during the off-peak period, you can research special offers by hotels as some hotels such as Taprobana offer all-inclusive deals including complimentary drinks.


Pack Everything

Rather than combing through the local shops for affordable sunscreen, it makes far more financial sense to pack the tube you have at home. The same applies to almost anything else that you can bring from home including medicine for common ailments. Ideally, if you are on a budget, the local shops should be reserved for emergency purchases only. If you do not have your own set of beach gear, you can always ask your friends to lend them to you for your trip. Just remember to buy them a nice souvenir before you leave!


Research the Free Experiences

Sri Lanka is a country filled with hidden gems and a little time spent on your computer will reveal that a fair number of the tourist experiences are free. You can bask on the beach, trek through the wilderness or visit a historic temple; all without charge! There are also museums and places of cultural and historic interest which do not charge admission fees but simply ask for donations so you can donate whatever you can. Your hotel staff can also suggest some off-the-beaten-track experiences that will not break your bank.


Dine at the Local Cafes

If you are travelling on a budget, dining at the expensive hotel restaurants would not be recommended. A value-for-money alternative would be to dine at the small local cafes that line the beach. Not only is the food affordable but it is also some of the freshest seafood around! However, if you have a delicate stomach, the next best alternative is to book accommodation with cooking facilities so you can whip up something for yourself whenever you want.


The More the Merrier

Inviting family and friends along on the trip is a great way to split accommodation costs and chances are that with your combined spending power, you can afford a more luxurious hotel. Travel instantly becomes more affordable and you can even agree to go on special excursions that would normally be out of range due to the cost of travel. Inviting more people will not only lower your food and travel costs but it will also make some fantastic memories!
With sufficient research and planning, you can enjoy a fantastic beach holiday in Sri Lanka without breaking the bank so what's stopping you?

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