Most people want to save money on their holidays, but when you travel a lot, it becomes vital that you are able to cut the cost of going off and exploring new destinations. So, how can you save money? The good news is that there are numerous things you can do to travel for less…
Use Comparison Sites
Just like you can compare the cost of your car insurance or your utility provider, you can use price comparison sites to find you the cheapest hotels, flights and even personal loan interest rates if you’re planning to pay for your holiday with a loan. If you don’t make use of them, then you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll end up paying more than you have to.
Haggle with Travel Agents
Of course, if you really want to get the best price for your trip, it’s worth coming offline and checking what you can get from the local travel agent too. The benefit of this is that you can try your hand at haggling and more often than you might think, it will pay off because travel agents don’t want to lose another sale to the internet.
Travel Off Season
If you’re able to be flexible with your travel agents, then travelling to a destination when it’s out of season can save you hundreds, even thousands of pounds and you’re likely to enjoy a much less crowded place. Of course, there is something of a trade-off, and the weather might not be quite as good as it is in peak season, but if that doesn’t bother you, well you’d be foolish not to consider it.
If you are on a tight budget and you don’t mind about it taking you more time, then booking an indirect flight could save you enough money to have a really good meal at one of your chosen destination best eateries.
Wear More Stuff
Worried about the ever increasing cost of taking baggage with you, but don’t want to do without those wardrobe essentials you adore? Try wearing more of your clothing on the flight. Sure, it might not be quite as comfortable, but if you’re flying short haul it should be manageable, and you won’t have to pay as much as those other suckers.
Consider a Home Swap
If it’s the cost of accommodation that you can’t bear, especially since you always seem to end up paying over the odds for a hotel where there’s building work going on and the cleaning is a little lax, make a change by swapping your home for the home of a holidaymaker who wants to come over here. It won’t cost you anything, and you’ll have all of the home comforts you enjoy.
Eat Like a Queen at Lunch
The cost of eating out at the finest restaurants in Paris or Italy might seem way beyond your budget, but if you eat there for lunch, instead of booking for dinner, you’ll be surprised to find that it is often much more affordable and you can still spot the odd celeb too!
Do you have any tips for making holidays more affordable? Please do share them.