Going on holidays is exciting and with the current rise in living costs also quite nerve racking. This is why we would like to share our best tips on how to save money on your holiday. This way you can jet off to wonderful destinations without having to worry about your hard-earned cash.
Before you start planning your next trip, it is best to set yourself a budget. This includes accommodations, tickets, travelling to, from and within your destination and expenditures such as food and souvenirs. How much each of these items costs, can easily be found out via a quick internet research. Once you have your overall budget at hand, it will be easier to decide on a suitable location. Moreover, you will get an idea on how much you can do with the money available.
A well-planned holiday starts with the best deals. Comparison websites such as Skyscanner and idealo can help you find the best deals when it comes to hotels, flights and rental cars. This way you can quickly compare the offers of thousands of websites and find the one, which has the best value for your money. Sometimes, however, it might be worthwhile to book directly. We will get to this now.
When it comes to hotels and flights, you have two options. You can book directly on the airline’s or hotel’s website or use a third party website such as booking.com. Which option is the best? Well, that depends. Some hotels offer special deals when you book directly with them. Third parties, however, buy a number of rooms / seats and try to sell them to their customers. Should they have miscalculated the amount required, they might start offering them cheaper than the airline or hotel does. In short, it is best to check both options and compare the price as well as what it includes.
The vouchers you can find on Whatsdiscount.co.uk, are a great way to save money. Choose the activities or purchases you are planning to make and find a valid voucher. This will not only help you to stay within your budget, but it is also a great way to save money when buying souvenirs etc. Why pay the full price when you can get it cheaper?
Tourist traps do exist. If you can avoid them, you will save a lot of money on your holiday. This usually means not to choose the restaurants near sights, but to venture off the beaten track. Go where the locals go. This is not only the wallet friendlier solution, you also to get to know the place and its people better.
There are many travel blogs out there. Most of them are written by tourists who, like yourself only stay at the destination for a relatively short amount of time. However, there are also some great options by locals. People who are expats and now live in dream locations, such as Andalusia. Here you can find insider tips that show you what is really worth a visit. You will also get an idea where the locals go to get things for free or at least cheaper than a visitor would.
It is not always necessary to rent a car. Local transportation can be a great way to not only save money but also get to know your destination better. Staying in a hostel rather than an expensive hotel obviously will cut back on costs. It also allows you to meet new friends, who might become your new travel buddies. After all, sharing expenses also helps to cut down on costs.
Should you plan your holiday when everybody else is going to travel to that destination, it will become quite expensive. A better option is to book your flights and hotels in the off-season. This could mean that less of the sights and activities are open and available, but it can save you a lot of money. Who wants to see everything anyway?
The best deals are either available when booking in advance or last minute. In case you like surprises, a last minute offer can be a great choice. Should you have already set your mind on where your trip should take you, booking at least half a year in advance might be the best option to save money. There are often discounts for each of these strategies.
While on holiday, it can be easy to forget about the money you spend. A new T-shirt here, another ticket for one of the sights you did not even know existed there and soon you have stretched your budget to its limit. Of course, you should enjoy your journey and not worry about money all the time, but you have set yourself a budget for a reason. Do not rob yourself of the opportunity to go on another holiday next year, just because you did not stick to it.