Planning cheap holidays
Probably, the enjoyment of holidays starts at the moment of planning them: looking for the right place, checking the availability of flights at the desired dates, reading reviews about the accommodation... there is a lot of things to do!
During a whole working year, people usually do not have a lot of days off. Depending on the country, the number of free days oscillates between 20 and 30. This is the main reason because holidays need to very well plan: nobody wants to spend their holidays on a disgusting place or having negative surprises which they did not planned.
A good resource in order to save money is to rent among a group of friends or a big family a holiday house. Holiday houses are normal places but can be rent for a short period: 2 weeks, 1 month... Once you find out where you want to go, you can share the cost of the accommodation among the group of friends, establishing a calendar of use.
This is quite often on beach places: a family rents a house during July or August on a place relatively close to their home towns. During the week, all the members have different duties: office, university, summer classes, and etc. but on Friday afternoon they are free to drive to the beach place and enjoy the summer house during the weekend.
Other ways to save money is to rent a big car or a van and to drive around a chosen country. One option is to rent a caravan and sleep there. Renting a caravan is like carrying your house: wherever you go, you have access to a shower, a kitchen and a bed. This is very useful in rural areas where there is no availability of hostels or accommodation places.