There are a whole range of ways to save money when planning your next holiday, and there’s no better place to find them than the screen you’re looking at right now.
The internet has opened up a whole new way to book your travel directly, without needing to go through agencies if you don’t want to. Of course, the net has also brought with it some hiccups, but here are some helpful tips for saving yourself money when booking a holiday.
Travelling Alone or as a Couple
The most obvious way to save money when travelling without children is that prices for flights rise during school holidays, when demand is at its peak. Take the time to learn term-times (for the first time in a while!) and you can save yourself a fair amount of money on flight prices.
If you’re travelling to certain areas of the world then don’t instantly turn your nose up at youth hostels. Depending on your age, this can actually be an incredibly affordable place to stay and many larger hostels offer private double rooms.
The YHA has a chain of hostels that have to meet quality standards and many of their locations on popular backpacking trips offer budget rooms where you can spend an evening. My personal experiences in Australia were that they were surprisingly private and pleasant.
Travelling With Your Family
Travelling with children adds different difficulties into the mix; your tickets are more expensive during holidays and there are a whole host of additional costs that come with a larger party.
Travelling during winter can have an impressive effect on the cost of a holiday, especially if you don’t feel too guilty about being away from your extended family during Christmas. Spending the festive season abroad can make for an unforgettable holiday and save you some money on tickets as well.
All-inclusive or self-catering can help take a lot of stress out of travelling with your little ones, especially if you’re coping with a lot of age ranges and food preferences. Getting a villa or an apartment abroad can be another simple solution to travelling with children. Though more expensive initially, it gives you the freedom to feed your family on your terms. This can be incredibly helpful in the case of very small children and also allows you the luxury of a private place that you won’t mind your children playing in.
All-Round Booking Tips
You might not be aware but travel sites track how many times you’ve visited their site and it’s been well-documented that they raise the price the more times you return. Delete your web history when visiting sites and you can also visit in “incognito” mode for many different browsers. This means that companies fail to recognise your return visit and the prices stay low (as they should).
Before you travel, you can sometimes find you’re already covered in some surprising ways. If you have a bank account with Nationwide then you may find that you already have European travel insurance, use this site to check. If you’re planning a trip within Europe then that can be one additional element you can tick off your list.
You can also apply for an EHIC card, which allows the user to enjoy reduced (or free) healthcare in EU countries. It’s not a complete alternative to travel insurance, as it can’t cover private procedures but it demonstrates that you’re able to use European health care as an EU citizen.
Parking around airports can be prohibitively expensive and travelling by train can be more relaxing (without the need to navigate traffic) as well as more affordable. This is likely to link to how long you’ll be abroad but it’s worth checking the price of train tickets vs holiday parking to see which is a better deal.
Price comparison sites have led to more competitive prices for insurance and tickets, make sure that you visit as many as possible to properly assess a fair price for your travel. Few areas have been transformed by the online experience like travelling. Increased customer awareness has pushed prices down and allowed tourists to properly tailor a trip to their needs.
Make sure you’re getting exactly what you’re after when it comes to a welcome break, without breaking the bank. Assess all your options online and you might be shocked at the money you could save.