Everyone should have a holiday where they can let loose and splurge in ways they normally wouldn’t. However, most of the time, money is the limiting factor on how much you actually get to enjoy your trip. You can focus on getting a lot more holiday for the money that’s already on hand – here are a few tips:
Pick the right time
Booking off-season is a piece of advice that you will hear just about anywhere. Off-season doesn’t mean that the weather is miserable or that nothing is going to be on. In fact, some destinations even get better in the off-season. Beyond booking off-season, you should consider booking around times like Good Friday, where you can take fewer days off at work and get a much longer trip. It’s not a direct saving, per se, but it allows you to get more a time in on your without spending all your annual leave. Just remember to check the destination weather before you go – I made that mistake once; that was a cold, wet and windy trip (luckily they had an indoor heated pool!)
Hunt out the best prices, no matter the destination
Nowadays, there are plenty of great sites popping up that allow you to compare prices for a destination from a whole variety of different travel companies. TOP TIP – clear your browser history, in particular your cookies, between visiting each time. Cookies are used to sites can track where you visit, and travel sites in particular will look at the destinations you’re most interested in and give their prices a little hike in response.
Be able to act quickly on deals
Of course, some flexibility to accept a deal whenever you spot it is going to get you a much better holiday. A luxury hotel might have some rooms they’re looking to get rid of quickly and an airline might have a very short window on their best prices for a flight. If you’re taking too long to save up for your trip, you might miss out. Either make sure you have some savings or find an online secure loan in advance that can give you the cash immediately to make a move on the best packages when they appear. You should also consider capitalizing on flights one at a time. It’s a trick that requires you to be a little more flexible with when you expect to get back, but if you book a one-way trip over then a one-way trip back, you might be able to make considerable savings.
Exchange in advance
When choosing a destination, exchange rates should come into the equation. Choosing a destination with more favourable currency relationship is going to mean a lot more purchasing power when you get there. Don’t make the mistake of exchanging at the airport either. Do a little reading on what places offer the best exchange rates, both near you and on the other side of the flight. The providers tend to fluctuate in who’s offering the best deals at any one moment on which currency, so taking the time to research exchange rates.
Do plenty of research
When you don’t know enough about where you’re going, it’s easy to fork out whatever is asked of you for the sake of convenience. One of the biggest costs of a little laziness is paying for travel booklets and tour guides. Nowadays, there are plenty of apps to help you get around, stick to safer areas, and find those free sightseeing hotspots. A more important part of researching, however, is that you find out what all the smaller costs of living are in your destination of choice; for example, whether it’s cheaper to use a rented car or public transport. If you are looking for a different perspective, why not check out two of my favourite travel bloggers; Fresh & Fearless and The Travelista.
Budget the whole trip
That research will become part of your overall budget, which really is the key of being able to see and do more on the trip. Exploring and finding delights you weren’t expecting can be a lot of fun. But going too off-the-rails with your holiday spending can spoil plans to see or do something that you were really looking forward to. Create and prioritise an itinerary in advance, finding out admission costs and the like. Factor in daily costs like those mentioned in the last. Set aside some fun, spending money for the little improvised moments of the holiday. But most importantly, set aside some emergency cash.
Be ready for anything
Emergency cash is just one step to preparing for the many things that can go wrong on a holiday. What goes wrong will undoubtedly cost you some money. For instance, if you fail to let your bank and credit providers know you’re going overseas, your accounts can be frozen when you try to use them. Losing your cash can be a disaster, as well. Even if you get a big lump sum exchanged in advance, never carry it all with you. Use a top-up visa that you can pull out of whenever you need or consider using the safe at the hotel. If you’re travelling to a tourist hotspot, then be aware that crime might be an issue.
With the points above, almost anyone is going to be able to go to a more exciting destination, get a better hotel, and have a much better time overall. Travel can improve the quality of life and the perspectives on life so take a little longer with the preparation and you can have the holiday you deserve.