Summer is just around the corner, which means you're probably already thinking about how best to make the most of it.
With the promise of sun days and high temperatures, it looks like staying in the UK will still present you with a great summer.
You may be considering hopping on a plane and jetting off to another country, but if the weatherman is right, you could save a lot of money and still get the best out of the season.
From weekends away to fun days out, there are loads of ways to enjoy the sun without breaking the bank.
Here are some ideas for making the most of the season without shelling out a fortune:
1 - Beach days
If you live near a beach or can get to one with a small amount of travelling, it could be the ideal way to spend a day off. All you need is your swimsuit, a towel, some sun cream and a picnic and you're all set for a day by the seaside.
Whether you're a sun seeker or are brave enough to try swimming in the sea, you'll find that a day at the beach can be a lot of fun.
You'll probably find that your friends or family will also be up for a day at the seaside, which can cut costs even more as everyone can pitch in for petrol, parking and food.
You never know, this might become your favourite way to spend a weekend. You can even enjoy a bit of the beach at home with our Seaweed Soap.
2 - Green spaces
For those who don't live near the beach, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on a fun day out. Parks and green spaces in your area can serve as a great alternative and give you a chance to catch some rays.
Just as with the beach, you can enjoy a spot of sunbathing, have a picnic and play some games. Even if you just go on your own with a good book, making the most of your local park is a free and easy way to enjoy the summer.
The chances are, the park is also near other local amenities so you could always treat yourself to lunch out or a drink in your local beer garden without spending a fortune.
Why not also take a hint of the fresh outdoors home with you by giving our Summer Solstice Soap a try? It is packed full of bright floral scents making it the ideal product for summer.
3 - Camping
For those who still want to enjoy a week or so off work without the high costs associated with a trip abroad, camping could be the ideal, cheap alternative. It also gives you a great opportunity to explore an area of the UK that you may not have seen before.
All you have to do is book a pitch at a campsite, pack up your car and head off. The whole experience of camping is a lot of fun while it comes with a much lower cost than staying in a hotel.
Campsites also have added amenities, such as swimming pools, shower blocks, restaurants and bars, allowing you to enjoy everything you would on a holiday abroad and meet fellow campers.
You can even make the experience more atmospheric by using one of our Ceramic Oil Burners to scent the outdoor area when camping.
4 - Bike rides
Of course, you can also spend your summer exploring your own area. A great way to do this is to hop on your bike.
Not only is this a free form of transportation, it can also help toward improving your health and fitness.
Unlike travelling by car, riding your bike gives you a chance to really appreciate the areas you go through, taking in scenery and the general feel of the place. You also get a real sense of achievement when you reach your destination, especially if it is a fair way to travel.
Another plus is that you won't end up stuck in summer traffic jams or struggle to find cheap parking, making days out more stress-free and enjoyable.
After a cycle, you can relax your aching muscles with our Tea Tree Soap, which will set you up for another bike ride in no time.
5 - Hang out in the garden
If you have a garden, it could provide the cheapest way to enjoy the sun as you can simply go outside.
Set up a table and chairs, and spend as much time as you can outside. You'll be able to enjoy meals outside, make time for a bit of reading or even crack on with some gardening.
It also provides you with a great space to entertain, as you can get friends and family round for a barbeque or just to hang out together.
You could even bring the scent of a tropical location to your home and garden with some of our candles to make it seem like you are abroad. Scents like Coconut, Vanilla and Blackpepper can add a great touch and get you in the mood for summer.
Right now you can save even more money on your summer as you can save 15% on purchases over £30 made through our official site. We'll even throw in free P&P. Just use the code MAYDAY at the checkout.