During the current financial climate not many people have money to splash out on a holiday, choosing instead to take days out during the children’s school holidays to the local safari park or zoo, the nearby theme park or trips to the seaside. However, this can actually cost more in the long run than a fortnight abroad and may not be the most cost effective way to take a break for those on a budget.
Booking a package holiday abroad at the last minute is a great way to save money. These are usually greatly reduced due to cancellation or simply because the holiday company need to fill their airplanes or accommodations quickly. Anyone who can travel at the last minute will find they save a lot of money which can help to stretch the holiday budget just that little bit further.
Save yourself a little money at the airport by ensuring your baggage does not exceed the limits. Costs for excess baggage are rising and even if extra luggage is pre-booked this can still add around £50.00 per person (who has extra luggage) onto the cost of the holiday. Pack light, and if you are lucky enough to only need a small suitcase then avoid checking in hold luggage at all. You can take up to 5kg with you as hand luggage and with most airlines this is included in the cost of the flight. As a single traveller this might work, as a family group it will likely not be a viable option.
Currency exchanges give many people a headache. The best way to get the best exchange rate for your holiday money is to shop around. Even if you use high street exchanges these can vary greatly form on to a next. Spend a couple of hours checking with various banks, travel agents and at the post office before exchanging your money. Many people are now finding the online exchanges are giving them a better rate, again shop around. Avoid if you can exchanging any money at the airport. These are notorious for having very poor exchange rates. Waiting until you get to your destination can also be a bit of a gamble. Exchange before you get to the airport is your safest option.
Ok, so you arrive at your destination and are ready to have a great time. There are so many trips and excursions you want to join in on, but the prices are really high. Well, one way to save money and still get to see everything is car hire. Many tour companies add a little extra onto the cost of a trip and then you have to stick to their timetable for sightseeing. Car rental allows you the freedom to see everything you want to see for just the price of the car hire for the day. These are usually very reasonably priced, but it also means you can fit in more than one sight in one day. Instead of booking 3 or 4 excursions with them, see them all in one day at just one very low price.