How To Make Your Money Go Further On Holiday
A holiday is a great way to unwind. However, it is easy to lose track of what you are spending, especially when it comes to different currencies and the temptation to say “Who cares? We’re on holiday!”
It is possible, however, to save money and enjoy yourself while taking a break and today we’ll be offering a few tips.
Going out at an unsociable time, avoiding weekend travel and being able to travel outside of school term time can all help you save money. If you do have children look out for offers when booking such as kids go free or meals inclusive packages.
Package deals can often save you money as the costs involved (accommodation, flights, travel etc) can all be combined. However, make sure you do your homework to make sure that the package is genuinely value for money and there are no hidden costs (for example a very low fee may not include insurance, booking fees or in flight meals).
Also when booking don’t be afraid to check prices and see if the operators are prepared to offer discounts. If you don’t ask then you won’t get!
Take it with you
Instead of spending money on in flight food you should try to bring your own with you (ideally before going to the airport shops). Likewise, self catering holidays can allow you to reduce the cost of going out while at the same time allowing you to try out local cuisine.
How to travel light
It may sound obvious but it is worth having a lighter case and fewer items to avoid excess baggage handling charges. Furthermore, if you intend to bring back souvenirs make sure you account for that and free up some space (buying smaller travel shampoos, toothpaste and so forth can help with this).
Check how you are spending
Some card providers will charge an extra 2.75% commission if you use them abroad – so check this before you travel or consider alternative sources of payment. Also it is worth checking to see local rules on tipping and whether or not this is added to the bill.
Go further afield
If you do want to eat out be wary of the tourist traps – often the best places to go are a little bit away from the more popular areas. Don’t be afraid to ask around or look at reviews online to find less expensive and quite often better places to dine out.
Do your research
Some countries that you would think are cheaper may be more expensive than you think. Furthermore, many have their own specific public holidays that can mean it is more expensive to travel out there during those times. Do your research and this should help you avoid unnecessary extra expense.
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