Take a few steps to help make your holiday this year a bit more affordable. Just because you are planning a trip to a beautiful destination, doesn’t mean it has to munch through your entire bank account. Whether you are planning an overseas getaway, or UK cottage break, take a look at these 5 ways to save a bundle of cash.
Organise Your Trip Yourself
I know it may seem a bit easier to compare airfare prices on a third-party site, but often you can get a better deal shopping around on your own. Do yourself a favour and go to the airlines direct official site and see what they all have individually. If you do book directly with an airline, take advantage of rewards on your credit card that can also help save you money through frequent flier miles.
Use a Structured Payment Scheme
Direct Line Holidays offer a terrific structured way to pay for your holiday.
You simply pay a deposit per person and then spread the remaining cost of the holiday over the month before you go. This can take all of the stress out of the holiday. It also means you can book way in advance, and lock in a great deal, without having to stump up the full cost there and then.
Travel on a Local Holiday
Wouldn’t it make sense that flying when most people don’t want to would get you a better deal? Since most travelers don’t fly on local holidays, airlines have a tough time selling tickets. In order to meet quota, these airlines make the tickets cheap so people buy them. This can save you a ton of money if you coordinate your trip around those holidays, like New Year’s Day. Equally, if you can avoid school half terms and summer holiday periods. Prices shoot up with the increased demand at these times.
Take a Red Eye
Red Eye flights are always cheaper than flying during the day. If you can deal with flying through the night, then this is an easy way to make your holiday a little cheaper. It would make sense, too, since most people just sleep on the plane anyway. It’s a small decision for a big discount. Coordinate your trip so you can leave around midnight and arrive in the morning. It works out perfect!
Avoid Dining Out
One of the most expensive parts of traveling is food expenses. When visiting a tourist area, companies charge a lot for fast food and restaurant meals. Try to avoid dining in these places as much as possible. When planning where to stay on your holiday, choose a rental home/villa/apartment instead of a hotel. This will give you the added benefit of having a kitchen. Take a ride to a local grocery store and buy foods just like you can at home. Make homemade meals instead of going out and save a ton of money from that. It doesn’t sound too bad, right? You can still eat out, just not all the time.
Avoid Nonstop Flights
One of the major ways to save on air travel is to search for flights with one or more stop. It’s plain and simple: Nonstop flights are more expensive than those with layovers. You will find that these flights are much cheaper and you get to experience all the different airports around the world. It’s really not that bad of a deal.
Holidays don’t have to cripple you for a year after you return. Stay cost-efficient when planning your holiday and book your trip as soon as possible. You will find you have more money to enjoy on your actual trip. Everybody wants that, don’t they?