Going on holiday is often seen as the ultimate expense. People save up all year in order to be able to afford a few weeks of relaxation and exploration. However, going on holiday doesn’t need to be as expensive as it often is, read on to discover some handy money-saving travel tips…
1. TRAVEL AT CHEAP TIMES
The debate regarding cheap flight tickets used to be about whether you should book in advance or leave it until the last minute. We can safely say that, nowadays, leaving booking your flights at the last moment is not the way to go, unless you get incredibly lucky. Flight prices go up the closer it gets to the flight date and is determined by the number of people who’ve already booked. However, there are ways you can make savings. One of the best ways is to travel at certain times, and choose flights that arrived in the destination at unsociable times. Flight costs also vary depending on what day and month you travel. Apps like Skyscanner lets you view all of the flights that are available over the period of a month so you can see when the cheapest time to fly is.
2. BE SAVVY ABOUT FOREIGN CURRENCY
A lot of people spend way over the odds on getting their money converted into a foreign currency. The worst thing you can ever do is change your cash at the airport. Instead, you should sign up to the exchange rate alerts that are available online, and you will get a notification whenever the exchange rate hits your desired level so that you can change your currency then. This is particularly handy if you know your travel dates in advance and have a few months over which to keep track of the currency rates.
3. STOP OVERLOOKING BRAND-NAME HOTELS
A lot of people overlook the popular brands of hotels and consider independent B&Bs instead because they feel it is the cheaper option. While this can often be the case, you should not eliminate the popular branded hotels from your search altogether. Chains like the Northampton Marriott Hotel often have special deals running, and so it is worth checking this out – these hotels tend to have newsletters so you can easily sign-up and get deals for all the hotels in their chain sent to you directly.
4. EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Last but not least, you should eat like a local when you are travelling. If you dine in the popular tourist spots, you are going to end up spending a fortune. Instead, enjoy the local taverns and you will not only save money but also get a true taste for the culture and cuisine in the place you are visiting.
As you can see, there are many different ways you can save money when you go on your next holiday. If you follow these tips you should be able to keep your costs low so that you can spend more on enjoying yourself while you are overseas or taking a staycation. Let me know your own tips for enjoying a thrifty holiday in the comments below 🙂
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