As the year draws to a close, you might be tempted to book a little break away over the Christmas holidays, before you have to return to work and the madness begins again.
With money tight for many people during the festive season, you probably won’t be jetting off to Barbados for a week in the sun. So why not holiday at home? You’ll save the cost of pricey holiday flights, and there are plenty of deals to be had and savings to be made on accommodation around the country.
A great way to organise a budget-conscious holiday is to take part in a home swap. If you don’t know anybody willing to trade homes for a few days there are a number of resources out there, including PropertySwap.ie and HomeLink.
“When people do it once, they get the bug and they do it again. It’s the comfort of a home from home, with all the facilities if you have small children,” HomeLink’s Marie Murphy told The Irish Times last year.
Despite some worries surrounding the tax status of Airbnb renters in Ireland, rentals have continued to rise across the country, and it’s a great way to find a bed for the night for less than the cost of some of the more traditional hotels and B&Bs. You can opt to stay in an entire property, or just one room in a house or apartment, and there are plenty of options if you’d like to stay somewhere a little more unusual, like a restored church in Athenry or a castle in Co Tipperary.
Make a deal
DoneDeal isn’t just for buying used cars or antiques – you can also rent or let holiday accommodation, from beautiful stone cottages on Valentia Island off the coast of Kerry to a rustic log cabin in Greencastle, Donegal.