We seem to be covering city breaks quite often at the moment, this post is a guest post that gives you some top tips on how to save money on you next city adventure.
Holidays are great fun, but sometimes the costs can tally up on long trips to foreign shores. Today, let’s take a look at six ways you can save money when you head off on your next city break adventure.
- Specialist overseas cards
Most regular credit cards see you charged 3% interest on everything you buy when overseas – with the banks adding their own exchange rates to your purchases. This is a bit of a nuisance, but it can be avoided.
Several credit card companies will offer special deals on overseas cards, which will see this interest charge completely dropped. The Creation Everyday from Mastercard is a perfect example of a card which doesn’t charge extra for using it on foreign shores.
2. Do your research
Work out where the best spots to travel to are, and plan your holiday accordingly. Find cities which offer cheaper prices at the time of year you’re travelling and head there. You can also plan a rough itinerary of what you’re looking to get involved with in this period.
This doesn’t have to be regimentally stuck to as time goes on, but it will at least hand you a basic framework (and as such cost estimate) for how much you can expect to pay when you travel.
3. Use comparison sites
Whether it’s to look at the cost of accommodation, city spending or, perhaps most critically, the cost of flight, you can use price comparison websites to find the cheapest options available to you.
When it comes to travel which is likely to cost you hundreds of pounds (potentially even stretching into four figures), it’s best to find an option which saves you as much as possible. The difference might be small in terms of percentage – but even £30 saved could have a big impact on your finances.
4. Book car hire early on
If you’re after cheap car hire you best bet would be to book it up as early as you can. The sooner you do this the more likely you are to find deals which’ll save you a pretty penny in the long-term.
This will help you to find a deal which sees you avoiding having to include the annoying, and costly, add-ons which come accompanied with late bookings. These include the likes of air-cons, sat-navs or even an extra driver needing to be registered to the vehicle.
5. Don’t touch fridge food in hotels
Rule number 1 when you rock up at a new hotel – don’t go anywhere near the fridge. The food in these are always insanely overpriced and will cost you a fortune if you so much as take a single bite out of one piece of fruit.
Just avoid going anywhere near them altogether. It’s been reported some of these devices now have sensors which react to someone opening the door. Talk about being thrifty. Don’t get caught out.
6. Invest in special phone deals
You probably already know the perils of forgetting to turn off your roaming 3G when overseas. Costs can rack up into literally hundreds of pounds if you use your mobile when abroad for the internet. Special deals can help you avoid this nightmare scenario and save money on your travel budget.
Most service providers will offer you deals to make payments significantly more manageable. Vodafone Passport sees you pay just 75p to connect a call, with standard home rates applying after that, T-mobile World Class also operate a service which allows you to pay just 55p per call you make.
Hoping to save money on your next adventure? When heading off on a city break, consider some of these points to ensure you come back with more funds than you expected.