15 Hacks for a Cheaper Holiday
Everyone loves a great-value getaway, whether it's short haul city breaks in the sun or long haul luxury that you're looking for. We've handpicked the top 15 hacks for a cheaper holiday so you can get the best out of your break, wherever you go. Take a look at our handy travel tips below and pick up some pocket-friendly pointers, from packing your bags, reducing your roaming charges, deciding on destinations and choosing the cheapest time to travel!
WEIGH YOUR SUITCASES
Check out our top tips on how to pack a suitcase. Don’t get caught out with the heavyweight excess baggage charges at check-in. Invest in a cheap suitcase scale to check weight before you set off - take a look at our space-saving travel hacks on how to pack a suitcase like a pro. If you really do need everything that’s in your case, paying for extra weight in advance is usually cheaper than waiting until you’re at the desk, no matter how good you think your eyelash batting skills are!
BEAT ROAMING CHARGES
Our mobile phones are a holiday must these days for keeping in contact with home, finding great places to go (and how to get there), and posting plenty of sun-kissed photos to show your friends and family, obviously! But it’s easy to be caught out when it comes to cost. Keep your mobile bills down when you're abroad by checking costs with your provider (and purchasing any travel add-ons) in advance, turning off your data roaming and using free Wi-Fi where you can. Factor in if a hotel offers free wifi when booking as daily charges will add up if you're away for a week or more.
OPT FOR HOLIDAYS WITH SHORT FLIGHTS
The cost of flying is usually a big chunk of your holiday cost, so it stands to reason that shorter flights will be cheaper and there are awesome beach holidays in Europe to choose from. If you are in need of some well-deserved sunshine, countries including Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Malta and Cape Verde are a good options, ranging from three to six hours away. Destinations with lots of different hotels cater to different budgets however big or small, so Spain holidays and Greek getaways are always safe bets.
BOOK SUPER EARLY
…OR FASHIONABLY LATE
All inclusive holidays can save you a fortune, plus by booking in advance you can pay monthly and also nesure that once you're on the beach, there are no unexpected costs as everything is paid for before you fly. Food and drink are a big holiday expense, so do away with any nasty surprises and eat and drink as much as you like for free! All inclusive is a great option for family holidays, as it means you can easily budget for your break without the worry of the inevitable, endless requests for snacks, ice-creams and drinks! And there’s no need to compromise on quality either as many hotels have several dining options, including buffet, a la carte and specialist restaurants.
SHOP IN THE SALES
If you’re an easy going kind of traveller, you’ll find that picking up a cheap beach break is a breeze. The more flexible you can be when it comes to travel dates, destinations and hotel facilities, the better. You can get great savings on long-haul paradise isles with last minute deals and Dominican Republic and Cancun offer amazing deals on winter and summer sun. If you're on a tight budget, why not take a look at our deals on holidays under £100 and holidays under £200?
SAVE ON SIGHTSEEING AND ATTRACTIONS
Tickets to popular attractions such as waterparks, iconic landmarks and daytrip excursions are often cheaper when bought in advance online. With a little bit of research, you might also find vouchers and special offers that can be used, too. Gather the troups and decide what you want to do in advance, so you can save a pretty penny while you keep yourself and your travel companions entertained on holiday!
SAVE ON SUNCREAM
Sun protection is really important and not something to be skimped on, but it’s not always necessary to buy fresh bottles every time you travel. Suncreams can still be effective up to two years after opening, so check the PAO (period after opening) number on the back. It’s worth marking the first use date on the bottle with a permanent pen so you don’t forget. If you do need new, look out for 2 for 1 deals in shops and supermarkets. Don't forget to pack it in your suitcase not your hand luggage!
PARK AND RIDE
If you’re leaving your car at the airport, consider an ‘off-site’ car park offering a bus service to connect. The usual rule of thumb is the further away your car, the cheaper the parking charges. You can also make big savings by booking far in advance. If you don't want to drive, you can consider if taking a taxi or coach to the airport will be cheaper than paying to park, or for the ultimate save, sweet talk someone into giving you a lift!
Once you’ve got your holiday booked, now’s the time to start shopping around for all of those little extras that can quickly add up. It's worth using comparison websites to get the best prices on insurance, car hire and currency - that way you’ll have more to spend on enjoying yourself when you get there!
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