Five Tips for Holidaying on a Budget

Summer’s coming and it’s time, if you haven’t already, to get planning your summer holiday. That time of year that many of us look forward to, a time to get together with family and friends and have fun in the sunshine. And don’t panic if you’re tight on cash this year. Here are five tips to help you plan a trip, without breaking the bank.

Book in Advance!

If you’re planning a family holiday, then your hands are pretty much tied in terms of when you can go away – because of school term times. The summer months, when the kids are off, is peak season and is when the travel companies look to cash in. One way to get a good deal is to book in advance as much as possible. You may bag yourself an early booking discount. It can also give you more of a choice of flights and accommodation, getting in before the rest of the crowd. Booking early doesn’t necessarily mean that you must pay the full balance, have a look around for low deposit deals.

Shop Around

It used to be the case that you could only book a holiday by visiting your local travel agent. Now, you have a whole world to explore online. When looking for somewhere to go, make sure you spend time on the net, comparing prices and deals and reading up about your shortlisted destinations. Travel apps and blogs are great way to get the lowdown on a country, city or location. They may also have some money-saving tips too!

Package Deal or Not?

Getting a holiday on a budget may mean you need to look beyond the package deals offered by the main tour operators. It can be cheaper if you book your flights and accommodation separately. For example, you could book your travel online with a low-cost airline and then connect directly with a hotel to get the best offers. If you’re looking to save money on flights, then don’t be picky about when you travel. You could find that a flight at 0600 is much cheaper than one at 1300.

Be Frugal While Away

Once you’re away on your summer holiday, there are loads of ways you can keep your spending down to a minimum. If you have self-catering accommodation, try and prepare food at your apartment as much as possible – avoiding expensive meals out in restaurants. It doesn’t mean you have to cook every day, but just a few days could help you save some money.

Also, try to buy drinks from a supermarket, rather than expensive cafes and bars. There is no point in ordering several glasses of mineral water in a poolside bar, for instance, when you could just buy a whole bottle from elsewhere at a fraction of the price.

Hunt Discounts

If you have kids with you on holiday, they’ll need lots of entertaining – even if they have a beach and swimming pool. Have a look out for family discounts at local attractions. You may also be able to buy a special pass, which covers many different tourist spots – giving you savings on regular entry costs. The same goes for public transport, a multi-journey pass may make things cheaper than buying single tickets each time. Talk to your hotel, look online and speak to your fellow accommodation guests to get some tips!

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