It’s clear that travel opportunities are much more widespread these days than ever before. This has given more people than ever the opportunity to travel and see the world, and broaden their horizons. However, there are also a lot of costs involved when it comes to travelling… And you need to plan ahead for this as much as you can. While there are a lot of costs involved, there are also ways of saving money and reducing your expenses while on holiday or travelling.
Saving Money before you leave
When it comes to saving money when travelling, you should start by looking at what you can do to reduce the cost of the trip itself. There are a lot of different steps you can take, which will make things more cost-effective. Shopping around for the best prices, and seeing if any travel agents are offering price matching deals is a great place to start.
There are a lot of things that you can use to help save money when you are looking to book a holiday. These days you can actually use vouchers when you are booking your trip. For instance, NetVoucherCodes.co.uk is a great site to use for voucher codes. If you’re lucky, you’ll find one which will reduce the cost of your trip, transfers or excursions.
Time your trip correctly and you can save a huge amount. The fact is that off-peak travel is going to cost significantly less than travelling at peak times. Of course, this can be more difficult if you have kids and they are in school. But, it is important that you make sure you do as much as you can to plan around this. Even if you take school’s unauthorised absence fines into consideration, term time holidays usually still work out cheaper than high season vacations.
When you are looking to book accommodation, you have to ensure you try to save as much as possible. There are lots of ways you can save on your accommodation, and looking for cheap hotel deals is a good way of starting this. But, if you focus more on Airbnb, you can get much more for your money. In most instances, you get a more authentic experience of staying in a local’s home, too.
Exchange Your Money Abroad
According to stress-free travel tips, you should consider changing your money abroad. There are a lot of things you can do when you exchange cash, but you will more often than not get a better rate if you change it to the local currency when you get to your destination. This is not going to save you millions, but you will get better value for money by doing it. (Personally, I never felt safe doing this, as it’s too easy to lose cash. I usually load up a prepaid travel card so that I’m insured, should I lose it).
Saving Money Once You Are Away
My top tips for saving money once on holiday are… Use public transport. We used the local bus service a lot when we were in Ibiza. It is a great value, regular service, which cost less than 20% of the equivalent taxi fare.
Eat In! If you’re away with a few friends, pop to the supermarket and get some pasta, a jar of pasta sauce, and cheese. You’ll easily feed 4 people for under £4! The girls and I did this at least half of the time when we went to Ibiza. We also bought in lots of cereal bars, which stopped us buying expensive poolside snacks.
Don’t book excursions with your holiday rep. As tempting as it is to just hand over a wad of cash and turn up when you’re told, you’ll pay unto 50% more doing this. Our holiday rep wanted €50 per person for a sunset cruise in Ibiza. One walk down to the marina showed us we could get exactly the same experience for under €25 each – including a glass of fizz!
I hope these tips have been useful – do let me know if you have any others you’d like to add.
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