Saving Money on Your Holiday
Here are 8 money-saving tips for travelling on a budget on your holiday.
1. Understand what you want from your holiday
Really get to grips what you want from your holiday, do you want a luxury hotel? Will you be travelling a lot? What are must-haves and nice-to-haves? Once you understand what you really want you can work out the best value holiday that ticks all the boxes.
2. Pick your dates carefully
If you have some flexibility on when you can go on your holiday make sure to use a site such as Skyscanner which allows you to find fares on or around your dates, by travelling on different dates can save you hundreds of Pounds! The other thing to consider (if you are not travelling with children) is to work your holidays around the school holidays, not only will this save you money but most locations will be much less crowded. If you are travelling to Spain for example, the last week of August will be much cheaper than any other week, will be much less crowded and car hire will be a fraction of the price.
3. Consider an indirect flight
It might be a pain to be adding to your travel time and hanging around in airports when you could be holidaying, but this can save you a significant of money.
4. Weigh and measure your luggage
Whether you are travelling with hand baggage only or checking bags into the hold, ensure that they are below the size and weight restrictions imposed by the airline before you leave for the airport. Some fees for excess luggage can be expensive.
5. Buy car hire insurance
If you are hiring a car on your travels make sure you shop around to get the best deal. Most car hire companies appear cheap and then try to hard-sell you on their insurance. Avoid this by taking out your own yearly insurance (prices from around £30 per year), the only thing to consider is most companies will require you to block around £1,000 on a credit card, so make sure you read the small print before booking.
When you have a firm idea on where and when you will be travelling, do your research, review sites such as TripAdvisor is a great place to start. Also, look at sites that book flights and hotels combined and also look into booking them separately. Although there is a raft of information on the web, your good old-fashioned travel agent should also be considered, if nothing else they may come up with ideas you have never considered. Travel agents can also really take the stress out of your trip, so whilst it may not be the cheapest option it will undoubtedly be the most stress-free!
7. Consider an all-inclusive hotel
For all-out relaxation and not having to worry about counting the pennies look into all-inclusive deals.
8. Order your currency before you travel
You can save hundreds of pounds by organising your travel money before you travel, you can compare the best travel rates here. After using many tools over the years, I tend to always use comparetravelcash.co.uk as they compare all the major currency providers.