Booking a Holiday on a Budget
Everyone loves going on a holiday. Whether you prefer a relaxing beach break or a high-energy adventure trip, these things sadly don’t come cheap. While the costs of travelling abroad are constantly on the rise, it shouldn’t put you off booking that well deserved trip. Keep on reading to find out ways you could save money on hotels, flights and much more.
Be sure to browse. If you’ve decided where in the world you’d like to go, it’s definably worth browsing and comparing different package providers to see who offers the best deal. If there’s a particular hotel you’ve got your eye on, it can pay to go direct (although sometimes you’ll find the best offers through aggregators like Booking.com, Expedia, or Trivago). Once you’re happy with the price – go go go!
Ditch the unnecessary frills. Charges for seat selection and priority boarding can add up, making that bargain flight less of a steal. If you’re only flying short haul, does it really matter where you sit? Be smart and consider just how worthwhile priority boarding is when you have your allocated seat anyway.
Avoid peak times. If you don’t have to travel during the school holidays, definitely avoid it! Prices plummet during term time and there are lots of sunny holidays on offer in May, June, early July, and into September. Services like Sky Scanner let you search by cheapest month, so if you don’t have specific dates you need to travel, you can plan your holiday around cheap flights.
Save on luggage. It’s always worth checking your baggage is within the size and weight restrictions before heading to the airport, as this can vary depending on the airline. If your bags are overweight, you could face extortionate excess baggage charges on the day. If you can get away with it, try sticking to hand luggage only. This not only saves you money on baggage fees but it’ll also save you time waiting at the baggage carousel at the other end!
Be flexible. If you’re not fussed on a destination, then you have much more opportunity to get a good deal. Many operators search functions only require a minimum selection of date and a departure airport, meaning you can browse a whole list of potential locations available in your date range. Even better, if you’re looking for something within the couple few weeks you can usually get an absolute steal on last minute holidays.
Plan ahead. If you can’t find a location or price that suits, then why not consider planning ahead for next year? Most companies allow you to pay a small deposit to secure your holiday and make payments up to a few weeks before you fly, giving you plenty of time to budget for your trip.
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