Being a wrinkly/crumbly/(insert your insult of choice) has many drawbacks but some things are absolutely great. One such thing is flexibility when it comes to holiday timings,
I've never taken August holidays. Quite apart from the fact that it is the most expensive time of the year, I've always felt that colleagues with children or with spouses(spice?) that teach should have priority there. Now I am retired I have no-one to consider but myself and I still prefer the quieter times of the year.
So over the past couple of weeks I have been planning a two week break for myself in October. I want to visit the Eden project and various other lovely gardens in Cornwall. I can't use B & Bs because disability means I need to know exactly what I am getting so I use Travelodges. They are cheap and clean and if I decide to have a whole day in my room (sometimes essential) no-one minds.
I started by making a spreadsheet of the prices for every night in October for various Travelodges and found that the cheapest to get ten consecutive nights for me would be Bodmin. That suits me - it's central Cornwall so I'll be able to get around. As I say I am flexible on timing so I got a good deal. I've also booked three nights in Dorset so I can visit Amy. I still need to find somewhere for one night on the way down as a six hour drive would be too much for me but so far accommodation is £401 which I think is pretty good, an average of £30.85 a night.
The next thing to look at is places to go and the best way to pay, but there's no hurry about booking those.