One of the problems of not having a lot of money, whether you have deliberately chosen to put yourself on a frugal diet or whether circumstance dictates you have to, is that sometimes when you want to have a break you just haven't got the money in your budget to have one long enough to help you feel rested.
Martin and I have a lot of things we're saving up for this year, which I'll talk about another day, but my birthday is looming and we usually go away for the weekend to celebrate it. However, the cost of petrol, an overnight stay, eating out, coffees, snacks, entrance fees for attractions, it all adds up to a hell of a lot of money. Also, with two cats and three chickens, we have to impose upon someone to look after them.
This year we have stumbled upon a relatively frugal solution - a home swap with a relative.
We have been talking about going to London to see some of the museums, particularly the Churchill War Rooms and Imperial War Museum, for more than a year but we just never seem to find the time for a day trip. So, it seemed an idea to combine the two for my birthday. My sister, who lives in London, was good enough to agree to us staying, but then we had the idea of her coming here and keeping an eye on our animals and she agreed! So we'll look after her cat (and spoil it rotten) and she'll look after our animals (and spoil them rotten).
We'll both get a self-catering break away from our normal routine, we don't have to spend megabucks to do it, and our animals get looked after. My sister gets to see our parents, who live around five miles from me, and we get to annoy my nephew for the whole weekend and make him try haggis, which is almost worth paying to see!