Money! It is usually the first hurdle which stops people from travelling, well here are my top tips to help spread those pennies a bit further….
It’s incredible how quickly luggage charges add up so why not opt for just hand luggage? Or maybe even share a bag! Lay everything out on the floor before you put it in your suitcase so you can get a clear idea of what you’ve packed to avoid carrying a whole wardrobe you don’t even wear. I find it helpful to pack in outfits so I know I have cohesive items.
Make sure you double-check the baggage size/weight restrictions! These change regularly so don’t rely on memory from the last holiday.
Don’t Have a Fixed Location
This is the one thing that most people either can’t get their head around or just don’t like the idea of and I understand it’s not for everyone. It is much easier to find a holiday with a budget in mind rather than try and fit a destination into a set budget. So quick weekend getaways are the perfect time to use this tip especially if you live in Europe as the visas are usually either not needed or just quick e-visa's.
By doing this you will find hidden gems you have either never heard of or never even considered visiting and they will, without doubt, be some of the best trips!
Flying Unsocial Days/Hours
It's probably no surprise that early morning and late night flights tend to be cheaper so why not take advantage? Especially the early morning flights as you get to your destination earlier which equals more time on holiday... it's a no-brainer! Some people opt for connecting flights but I personally try to avoid these as they can make border control/visa a bit more complicated. If you have a flexible work schedule, why not go away midweek rather than at the weekend? You are more likely to snap up last-minute deals from hotels and airlines trying to fill the last of their availability.
Say NO to All Inclusive
Yes I know the unlimited drinks and buffet bars can be tempting but there are a few reasons I don't think all-inclusive is usually the best way to go;
- Are you really going to be eating and drinking enough to justify the price difference or is it just for convenience?
It stops you from leaving the hotel and exploring the local restaurants (which are often much better) as you want to make the most of the all-inclusive which you've paid for.
Meals are often restricted to certain time slots so if that clashes with another activity you were planning you either have to miss out or spend more money on alternative food.
Now, these will not work for everyone depending on the family, work schedules and flexibility, but if you can apply even one of these tips you can find yourself saving those precious pennies!