08 Jan Save Money on Holidays
This year is going to be a time of cutbacks for many people, but cancelling your annual holiday can do more harm than good. Everyone needs a break and it’s possible to save a lot of money and still have a great vacation. Here are some tips for getting the best price on your trip abroad.
First stop is the internet. Price comparison sites and travel websites allow you to find the best deal on your flights, accommodation, car hire and even travel insurance and currency. If you’re prepared to be flexible you can take advantage of the very best deals. For example, there are usually discounted rates for last-minute bookings, and if you’re prepared to fly from particular airports you could pick up some really cheap flights.
If you can, choose which attractions you’re going to visit beforehand and look for discount codes for tickets. Many websites have voucher codes and you can often save money for booking in advance. You may also find that buying family passes is cheaper than single tickets, or that an annual pass is the best option if you plan on visiting the same attraction several times during your holiday.
Instead of staying in a hotel, the cheaper option is to stay in a private holiday home or vacation villa. This has all the facilities for self-catering so you can eat cheaply, and you usually pay for the whole house and not just per person so it’s an especially good money-saver for larger groups of holiday-makers. You can also cut out travel agent’s fees by booking directly with the villa owner, and there are often last-minute deals to be had.
A huge cost people often incur on holiday is their phonecalls – many people don’t realise just how expensive it is to make calls abroad, so it’s well worth investing in an international sim-card. These cards are inexpensive and all you do is put them into your phone. You top them up with pre-payment for your calls and you can take advantage of local rates.
Finally, try to plan free activities to do on holiday. Many people are perfectly content to use their private swimming pool or sunbathe but there are lots of other free things to do too. Use the internet to find free events in the area and you might be surprised by what’s on offer!