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Self-catering holidays mean you’re the boss. You can head off on a day-trip or go in search of a hidden beach somewhere nearby, taking lunch with you and then cooking something tasty for dinner later when you’re back at your accommodation. It’s a tried-and-tested holiday choice that has suited thrifty travellers for years. The only hard bit is choosing where to go!

Why book a self-catering holiday?

You get a lot of flexibility on a self-catering holiday. You could whip something up yourself with ingredients from the supermarket or choose to splash out on an authentic meal in a traditional restaurant, made with delicious local produce – it’s your holiday, so you decide!

It’s also an easy way to save money while you’re on holiday. Having somewhere to cook and prepare meals gives you the option to cook at home and prepare packed lunches for day trips.

Best places for a self-catering holiday

There are thousands of cheap self-catering holidays to choose from dotted across Europe and beyond, from classic beach breaks close to home to more exotic destinations further afield.

Some of the most popular countries for a self-catering holiday include Tenerife, Benidorm, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Lanzarote.

For the beach, it’s hard to look past the Canary Islands and the popular Costas in Spain. Meanwhile, if you’re after a hearty dose of culture to go with your sunshine break, Italy, Greece or Malta might be more up your street.

In recent years, Turkey and Bulgaria have increasingly shown value for money, while Croatia continues to grow in popularity for self-catering holidays. Further afield, self-catering holidays in the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean are further great options for budget-conscious travellers.

Using TravelSupermarket.com you can search and compare the best cheap self-catering holiday destinations so you know you’re getting the best deal at the best possible price.

Save money on holiday

How you shop will also help you save. Make sure you do some research about your location before you book; ideally, you want somewhere that’s close to a large supermarket, so you can do a big shop in bulk at the beginning of your stay. These are perfect for the stock items you know you’ll need, as well as items that are cheaper in multi-packs, like crisps, snacks, and water.

If you’re hiring a car, this isn’t too much of an issue. If you’re not, however, you’ll want accommodation that’s either within walking distance of the shops or is well connected by public transport.

For fresh ingredients, local food markets are also great places to save, so keep an eye out for one where you want to holiday.

Make your self-catering holiday authentic

Whether it’s the catch of the day in the Canary Islands or fresh pasta in Italy, local produce should play a big part in your holiday cooking. Local food markets are incredible places to find fresh, authentic ingredients that will give your cooking a distinctive kick!

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