Earlier in the week we looked at the We Blog Travel Teams travel plans. Well as the sun starts to show its face with increasing regularity, and the temperature finally rises to a level that means we’re no longer shivering all day, the excitement about summer really sets in – as does the prospect of holidays. Perhaps you’ve also been making plans or already booked your trip(s) away, if not, are excitedly browsing through reviews to see where your next destination of leisure will be.
Either way, one thing that never changes is the need to make your money go a long way when you’re going on holiday – especially if you’re a family, which means more seats to book and more mouths to feed. You don’t want to obsess over money to the point where you’re no longer excited about the holiday itself. However, a few simple and sacrifice-free tricks can ensure that you’re left with more money to spend on the fun…
Find your flights really cheap
If you haven’t already booked them, be clever when selecting your flights. Sites like Sky Scanner and Travel Supermarket are great if you know where you’re going, and the dates of travel. If it’s package destinations you’re after, it might be worth trying Flights Direct. And if you’re a bit open minded about where you wish to go, you could use this handy tool to find flights for under a certain price (eg: £50). But be decisive when you book, as exiting and re-opening webpages leaves cookies, and the price my skyrocket the next time you come back online!
Get cheap travel insurance
It’s just not something you should skimp on, even though nearly a quarter of Brits do. Quite simply, travel insurance is a must, especially when you consider how cheap it is. You can get single cover for as little as £7 a trip. Alternatively, if you’re a family, and plan on making more than one trip in a year, you can get annual cover for all of you for as little as £24.
Know where you’re going
Chances are, you’re not going to want to be staying in your hotel or place of accommodation all day, and will want to get out and about. If you’re not renting a car, you’ll be left to your own devices to get around. For the sake of convenience (and appeasing restless family members!) it may be tempting simply to hop into taxis each time. However, doing this regularly can amount to a significant unnecessary spend, as public transport is generally a whole lot cheaper. A bit of research beforehand, and downloading an app or two can allow you to move around like the locals do, except with a fuller wallet.
Pay in the local currency
Often when paying the bill for something (especially in Europe) abroad with your card, you’ll hear the classic ‘pounds or euros?’ question when being served. Never, ever say pounds! That’s because if you do, the retailer there will do the conversion, and, more often than not, this rate will be considerably worse than the one your card converts at.
Claim on past delays and boost your kitty
A recent ruling from the European Court of Justice means you can claim money back on flight delays dating all the way back to 2010, and some of us could rake in as much as £500 in compensation. As long as it was the airline’s fault, and the delay was three hours or more, you’re free to claim. And not just for the cost of the ticket either – the airline is also potentially liable for extra meals or accommodation that you would have had to pay for as a result of the delay.
Be savvy with finance
Not all of us can afford to pay the full costs of a holiday upfront, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. The importance of R&R is not to be underestimated, so if you need help with financing the trip, that’s okay. They key is to be smart with it. Some all-inclusives and package deals offer good payment plans. Alternatively, if it’s a loan you’re need, don’t just stick it on your mortgage or head to the bank. Numerous forms of alternative finance within online lending offer low-cost loans with flexible repayment plans, meaning that you can go on holiday safe in the knowledge that you won’t be stung in the long run.