As much fun as going on a holiday is, it can also end up costing a small fortune. Travelling, staying in a hotel, organising activities and eating out can become an expensive combination but how can you make the bills a little less painful?
- Get Organised and Book Early
Booking early is one of the easiest ways to get a cheap deal on your dream location. All flights will have just been released, meaning you can get a cheap seat and save up to 25% on the prices that have been advertised. Add this to the luxury of knowing that it’s all sorted and you’ll be in a pre-holiday bliss for months.
- Book Later…
Booking later can either be a dream come true, getting you tickets that have yet to be sold on flights and cheaper accommodation or you could completely miss out on the location that you’d been hoping for. However, if you’re open to a whole range of locations and are feeling impulsive, there are many websites, such as Travezi, that can help you get a cheap deal on a potential dream holiday.
- Choose Your Times Wisely
If you’re travelling with children, then you will be slightly limited when it comes to when you can go on holiday. The six weeks during their summer holidays are when the holiday industry charges their peak prices, although booking in advance or last minute can significantly reduce these costs. If you’re travelling without anyone who has to adhere to these holiday times, then it might be worth looking a little further afield than booking within these few weeks. If you want to go somewhere hot then why not consider going in June or mid-September – you’ll still get your holiday glow, only for a lot less money.
- Be Your Own Tourist
One of the main ways you can end up spending extra cash on holidays is through doing heavily tourist activities. Instead of getting a guide to take you around certain areas, why don’t you print off some interesting facts about the area and be your own guide? With many cities, such as Rome, Amsterdam and Paris, being compact, if you plan your route and transport in advance you can start to save. With the added benefits of being able to go your own way and explore more, it makes total sense to do it all yourself.
- Enjoy the Food – Just Don’t Go Wild
Eating out and enjoying the local cuisine is undoubtedly one of the greatest parts of being in a different part of the world. However, there are ways that you can save on the costs. Hotels often charge extortionate fees for their breakfasts – if it’s not included within the price, then it’ll usually be cheaper to go out or buy something in a local supermarket. When it comes to meals out aim to eat at lunch times – you’ll get the same food at a lower price, allowing you to experience the delicious foods that the country has to offer, without feeling uneasy at the costs.