Holidays can often be a little on the pricier side, but that doesn’t do anything to diminish how important it is to let yourself get out there and enjoy some time away from it all. Since we all enjoy ourselves much more when we know that we’re not spending inordinate sums of money, saving some cash on a holiday can make the experience that bit more relaxing.
So, join me won’t you, as I run through some ways that you can save on your holiday away from home.
You can save pretty substantial amounts of money if you’re smart about how, when and where you book your holiday.
Choosing what time of year and what time of day to travel can be one of the biggest factors when it comes down to the price of your flights. The basic tips are to avoid travelling during the peak seasons of the summer and winter holidays, as well as avoiding flying out on a weekend. Before you book your flights, have a quick check to see how much the same flight is at different times of the day – you might just be surprised at the difference.
It might not quite be the au naturel holiday experience you have in mind, but while package holidays can sacrifice some of the personality of your getaway they often come at a less expensive price point. It is worth weighing up your options, but if you want convenience and a low price, then this might be the way to go.
Shopping around for the best price should be something that you’re already used to, so make sure that you don’t neglect to do it for your holiday too. Price comparison sites can sometimes be a little iffy when it comes to the accuracy of the prices listed, but with a little bit of effort, they’re still a great tool to help you find a good price.
Vouchers and Deals
You can often find some good savings if you have a little look around for deals and discounts on the web. I’ve regularly used sites like Groupon to find ways to save with things like car hire voucher codes, discounts on hotels and deals on flights.
Once you’ve reached your destination, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop finding ways to save. There are plenty of extra things that you can do to cut down on expenses and save some cash, while still making the most of your holiday.
Eat Away from the Tourist Spots
Steering clear of the most popular areas amongst tourists is a good way to save more than a little on the costs of your meals. Do a little reading around or ask some locals to find out where they recommend eating but try to avoid anything too central as they’re more likely to be quite expensive.
Plan Your Own Trips Out
It can be quite tempting to pay for a guided tour when you’re on holiday, after all, isn’t that the best way to learn about your destination? Well, not quite. A good guidebook or an entertaining travel book can often give you much of the same information as you’d get on a tour, and the feeling of discovering things for yourself is always much more memorable than following around a tour group.
Learn the Exchange Rate
You should already know that exchanging your cash before heading out on holiday is the most cost-effective approach, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard the exchange rate entirely. Learning the exchange rate is a great trick to help you judge prices properly when you’re out an about. Converting the price of, say, a meal back into AUD makes it much more tangible and helps you to properly keep track of how much you’re spending.
Stick to Wi-Fi
Last but not least, if you’re a bit of an internet junky this is a golden rule that will help you to save lots on your holiday. Using data abroad can get prohibitively expensive very quickly, so it is best to just turn off your data entirely and stick to open Wi-Fi networks instead. Just make sure to stay safe and protect your device from any unwanted access!