From fine dining to hotels, indulging in a well deserved holiday can get dangerously expensive, but why pay more then you need to? So with the holiday season well and truly upon us; here are some of the best money saving tips to ensure you have a fantastic time without coming home bankrupt:
Setting a budget
Before you have set off you need to set a budget: Having a budget for everything will ensure your holiday will not spiral out of control. From the most important things like travel insurance, travel money and car hire; to holiday clothes and toiletries. After you have a price for these items you should also estimate how much you will be spending once you get there on food, drink, travel and activities. Once you have a price for these two lists, add them together and that should more or less be your money target. Plan as early as possible to get the best deal on your arrangements.
Choosing the right time
The prices of flights can vary considerably depending on what time of month it is, what day it is, and even what time of day you decide to fly. Flying on a weekend will always be more expensive compared to flying on say a Tuesday evening. One of the best websites and apps out there is Skyskanner.net. Skyscanner list the cheapest flights in order of price. There is also an option to see when the cheapest flight will be departing in any month of your choice.
Another great way of saving a bit of extra cash is by perhaps changing the location of your preferred airport. For example, even if Manchester airport is on your doorstep, checking out flights leaving from Liverpool might save you some of your hard-earned cash. Researching your flights thoroughly has the potential to save you hundreds of pounds.
Save on accommodation
There are plenty of ways to save money on accommodation. In the last few years there has been an explosion of apps and websites that allow locals to rent out their house or apartment, meaning you can avoid those hefty hotel prices. AirBnB is one of these apps which allow you to essentially own a house for the duration of your trip. You can stay 2 weeks in beautiful cities like Madrid for as little as 150 euros. Another way which is becoming increasingly popular are home swaps. If you live in a reasonably desirable area, and are prepared to let others borrow your house, a home swap, maybe even a car swap as well with like-minded holidaymakers abroad will guarantee huge savings. If you do decide to stay in a hotel, there are a wealth of price comparison sites like Expedia.com that will compare thousands for you.
How to save when you arrive
Why not trade in fine dining for eating like the locals? Eating and drinking like the locals not only offers an authentic experience, but more often than not, it’s a lot tastier as produce is usually locally sourced, rather than imported. Another top tip is stocking up from the hotel buffet breakfast and shopping in local supermarkets for lunch. The saving you will see will could potentially be hundreds.
We hope you enjoyed our travel trips and that you have a fantastic holiday this year.