Moneysaving Tips for Holiday Planning22 February, 2015
It is important to save a little money wherever possible, because small cuts add up to big savings. When it comes to holidays, grabbing a bargain, even a small one, means you have more to spend in another area, such as accommodation, or money to spend whilst you’re there.
So, with that in mind, how do you find these bargains?
Booking a package versus booking every facet of your break separately is a personal preference, but I have always managed to save money when I’ve booked my flight, accommodation, and transfer separately. Sites like Travel Republic and Sunshine are great for cheap but quality accommodation, and Skyscanner will search all airlines and combinations to find your perfect low-cost flight.
Don’t be afraid to fly from a different airport to the one you normally use, because there are often bargains to be found from other airports, especially those in London. If you can find a deal that, when including your travel, works out cheaper, then go for it. I did this recently, and booked myself in at the Hilton Gatwick to catch some much-needed sleep before my early flight. Even with this added onto my flight, including the travel, it worked out cheaper than flying from my regional airport. It sounds crazy, but it can be done!
Indirect flights are also another option, and although this means a little more time spent travelling, if it’s not too much and it saves you considerably then it’s something you should look at. Again, Skyscanner is the best place to head for indirect choices.
Keeping with the flight subject, look at your baggage needs. If you’re not going away for too long, maybe a few days or even a week, and if you can book with an airline who offer more in the way of hand luggage, such as EasyJet or Jet 2, then you could get away with not booking a suitcase. It does take a little ruthless packing, and you’ll probably have to buy your toiletries at the airport, but this is where you can save around £40 on the cost of a return flight.
When it comes to accommodation, all-inclusive is a great option for those travelling with children. Endless soft drinks can add up in cost, so the knowledge that they’re already paid for will mean less stress and a lower bill. On the flip-side however, going self-catering gives you the option of eating in your apartment a few nights during your holiday too. This is personal preference, but for family holidays, all-inclusive is popular for a reason.
With all this in mind, you should have a few ideas on how to save cash during the booking phase of your holiday, but there are a few areas you shouldn’t scrimp on. Insurance is probably the most important extra you will need on your travel plans, and never be tempted to travel without it. If you’re worried about the raised cost of policies if you have medical conditions, don’t be, because a thorough search will yield great results, giving you no excuse not to book that all-important safety net.
Save money, increase the fun, it’s as simple as that!