The thrifty guide to saving money on a holiday
Posted on: 31 October 2012 by Laura Wilkins
To help you get the most from your money here are some top holiday moneysaving tips for before you go and when you’re there. Happy saving!
We all look forward to a holiday as an opportunity to relax and recharge our batteries. However, taking a well-earned break can prove costly if you’re not careful to watch the pennies. To help you get the most from your money here are some top holiday moneysaving tips for before you go and when you’re there. Happy saving!
Before you go
If you’re prepared to book in advance, make sure you’re keeping an eye on prices up to 11 months ahead of when you want to go. This is when flights are usually first released by airlines so there is likely to be plenty of cheaper seats available.
Weekends tend to be the busiest and most expensive times to fly, so setting off on a weekday you can save a lot of money.
Most companies in the travel industry will have some special offers that they release to subscribers by email, Facebook or Twitter. Sign up to a few providers that you know and like and keep checking what they have to offer.
If you require parking at airports such as Heathrow then it pays to look online, check the best deals and book well in advance. You could save up to 60% on parking charges this way. It also means that you’ll have less to worry about on the day you travel and you won’t be stung by exorbitant parking fees at the airport.
Make sure you’re aware of any hidden baggage charges. You may think you’re getting a great deal by opting for the cheapest flight but once all the extra charges add up it might not be such a great deal after all. If you are going on a golf or ski holiday for example and are taking your own equipment then airline charges will differ.
When you’re on holiday
None of us want to be watching our pennies when we’re on holiday but setting a strict budget for each day is simple common sense and will help you to make sure that costs don’t get out of control. Keep your budget realistic and, not only will you avoid overspending, but the treats you enjoy will be all the better for it!
The big tourist areas in any given town or city are easy to find and so we often flock there in great numbers. However, restaurants and bars in the area raise their prices to capitalise. Why not seek out the places the locals go? They’ll be cheaper and generally better quality plus you’ll experience what your destination is really like.