Many individuals and families will be hoping for a brighter economic outlook over the coming months so that they can take a well-deserved holiday this year. Even if the financial situation brightens up, however, fewer things give as satisfied a feeling as saving money does.With that in mind, we looked at the top ten ways you save money both before and during your trip.
1. Look for Vehicle RelocationsRenting relocation vehicles free of charge is an emerging trend in many countries around the world, and can enable you to enjoy a car or camper van for nothing while seeing some amazing places.
2. Don’t be a SnobYou might be used to staying in top rated hotels, but why not save some money by staying in a hostel instead? We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.
3. Book DirectForget about using tour operators, you can find yourself paying ridiculous prices for a break just to service their commission. Book direct, you save money, and the accommodation makes more profit. Win win!
4. Book EarlyIf you must use a tour operator, then book as early as possible to get the best deals, including free child places and exclusive discounts.
5. Book LateConfused? If you miss all of the above, wait until the last minute before booking your trip. Operators will be desperate and savagely reduce holidays rather than taking a total loss.
6. HaggleTravel agents and tour operators hate it, but by trying to negotiate on the price you will more often than not acquire a saving of some description. Don’t get involved with this blindly, however, and ensure you research the savings available elsewhere so that you have something to work to when negotiating. Just ‘wanting it cheaper’ could mean you miss the very best deal.
7. Find a Friend to DriveTaxis to the airport can be expensive, and the price for car parking for the duration of a holiday can be a little on the ugly side, too. Find a friend or family member that will drive you to and pick you up from the airport. If it is at an unreasonable hour you might need to butter them up, but it’ll save time and money later.
8. Take As Much As You Can With YouPesky airport laws mean you are limited with what you can take through security, but you should try and limit what you buy at the airport when you are a captive market and shops and restaurants charge pretty much whatever they want.
9. Look Elsewhere for InsuranceAnother for those booking package holidays – avoid buying the travel insurance that comes lumped in with your break wherever possible, you will find massive savings on this elsewhere.
10. Get OrganisedFinally, the better organised you are before heading on holiday, the less money you will find yourself spending. Ensure you have all bases covered in terms of accommodation and transport before leaving, and that all essentials are packed.
Saving money on your holiday is easy, and there are many more ways you can do so. Don’t pay over the odds unnecessarily, and assure yourself of a fantastic break.
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