15 WAYS TO NOT BLOW THE BUDGET WHILE YOU’RE ON HOLIDAYS
You’ve done the hard yards and saved for a well-deserved holiday. But don’t stop now! Here are our tips to make the most of your holiday budget so you can splurge on what’s important to you and your family.
1. Choose carefully where you’ll splurge on those little extras. Do you really need priority boarding if you have an assigned seat?
2. If there’s a free buffet anywhere in sight, have at it.
3. Check your suitcases before you leave home and be willing to cull in order to avoid excess baggage charges.
4. Decide if a hire car is really an essential, or if you’ll end up paying for a car and parking you don’t need.
5. If you do need a hire car, remember to fill it up before you return it, or prepare to say hello to the most expensive tank of petrol you’ve ever bought.
6. Look for self-guided choices at attractions like museums and galleries to stay free and easy.
7. Resist the urge to use your credit card to withdraw a cash advance for extra holiday spending money. Between the high fees and the interest charged, it’s just not worth it.
8. Look for free WiFi options or take your own access point to save on those data roaming fees.
9. Take the road less travelled and step one street over from the main tourist hotspot for cheaper meals and hotels.
10. Do your research and save with a local public transport visitor pass.
11. Switch up your routine and make lunch your main meal of the day for cheaper choices (hello, weekday lunch specials!) and post-lunch afternoon naps.
12. Be kind to your wallet and the environment with a refillable water bottle. Bonus points if it folds down and clips onto your bag.
13. Some hotels are happy to give you a late checkout if you ask when you check in. Asking is free!
14. Have a chat with a local to get some insider knowledge on what to see, eat, drink, and do. It’ll help you experience your destination like a local and avoid costly tourist traps.
15. Look for concessions and deals, like student discounts, seniors, or family passes. Remember that some destinations have extra discounts we don’t have at home – like France’s ‘Youth’ discounts, or Britain’s Two Together Rail Card.
Take the time to save up for your next holiday without losing out on the latest sale with these companies offering book now pay later flights and tours.