We think it’s important to have a holiday AT LEAST once a year. Despite the expense, holidays are good for the mind, body and soul.
Holidaying in the UK can actually work out more expensive that going abroad – and with warmer weather and more inviting beaches overseas, we definitely think that your holiday should be outside of Blighty.
We have teamed up with online holiday agents HolidayGems.co.uk who showed us a few ways that you can cut the cost of the holiday bill significantly while still enjoying the break you deserve.
- There are tonnes of cheap holiday destinations around Europe. Look at Turkey, Bulgaria and parts of the Algarve and southern Spain. These offer a variety of cheap accommodation, so look into places that are within easy access of the beach, a few bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. Having amenities close by saves you money on taxis and buses whilst there.
- Keep your eye out for flash sales and discounted holidays. Although your inbox may already be overloaded with promotional mail it is worth signing up to travel agents newsletters. They often send out their most exclusive deals via email as well as update their members first on any upcoming sales.
- It pays off to be flexible. It may mean flying at unsociable hours or in the middle of the week but it can result in some massive savings.
- Bring food for the flight. While airports tend to be sniffy over liquids, they are fine if you’re packing sandwiches and snacks to munch on the flight. This will save you the cost of extortionate airport food.
- Pack wisely – if you can put everything in your hand luggage, or if you’re travelling with someone, limit your luggage to one bag in the hold. It’s a lot cheaper and easier to travel light!
- Make sure you’ve sorted out the cheapest way of getting your currency. This could be ordering from the bank, post office or just getting a travelcard to use instead of your cashcard.
- If you’re able to, cook as many meals as possible yourself. While dining out can be easy and fun, it’s expensive. A trip to the supermarket for baguettes, salami and cheeses for lunch can be tasty and very budget-friendly. While you might not want to do this every single day – try and do it wherever possible. The little savings can go a long way.
- Avoid the tourist traps. The view might be good, but you’re paying for it on the price of your coffee. Go off the beaten track to find good places to eat and drink without dangerously high surcharges.
- If you are planning to journey outside your hotel avoid jumping in a taxi, we know this may seem like the most convenient mode of transport but prices can be extortionate. We advise jumping on the bus, many countries will have very well established public transport routes making it just as simple as jumping in a cab – not to mention immersing yourself in the culture and new surroundings on the journey.