15 June 2023
How to Save Money on Your Holiday
With summer finally here, your eyes may be turned to your holiday, if you haven’t booked one already. Perhaps you’ve been holding off due to affordability concerns, or maybe you’re not too sure where you want to go. If you fall under this category, read on, and discover ways that you can save money on your summer holiday this year!
Choose the right type of holiday!
You don’t need to stay in a five-star luxury hotel or Air BnB to enjoy a holiday. Why not rent a Motorhome and take a road trip, seeing loads of places all at once? Or get back in touch with nature and take a camping trip with all the family? You don’t need a huge budget for these holiday ideas, and you can take a chance to really get back in touch with nature and relax, which in the end, is what a holiday is all about!
Travel at Off-Peak Times
Peak holiday season usually runs from June to August, but you’ll notice prices are sky-high during these months. Prices tend to shoot up again over Christmas, so you may want to avoid those times of year to go on holiday. Why not wait out and book your holiday in the Autumn or next Spring to take advantage of the lower costs and even better, it will likely be far quieter too!
Avoid Organised Tours
Might be tempted to join an organised tour, which can often include the price of your accommodation, travel, and sightseeing – this can often seem convenient, but the truth is, that convenience comes at a price. Why not do some research and book all these components separately and yourself – it isn’t too stressful if you organise it correctly, and it can allow you to find things at a lower price yourself too!
Take a Staycation!
Instead of heading abroad, why not take a staycation? Wales has plenty of beautiful places to visit and stay – National Parks, beautiful beaches and towns, castles… why not take advantage of what’s on your doorstep? (Plenty of people travel from far and wide here for a reason after all!)
You could even incorporate that camping trip into it and truly get back in touch with nature!
Hotels are often the most expensive type of accommodation, with meals often worked into their rates whether you want them or not! Why not go self-catering and not only save on the expense of a hotel room, but also have the ability to buy and make your own food so you needn’t spend money eating out every night? You’ll also have the freedom to come and go and, if you have a furry friend you want to take along with you, many self-catering accommodations will allow you to!
Choose Free Activities
If you’re going to a popular tourist destination, you may find yourself paying above the odds for entry to attractions (as well as those in the surrounding areas!) Why not take advantage of the array of free activities available to you? Trips to the beach, bike rides through nature or a hike? If you’re in a city, most museums and galleries are free to enter too, making for pretty frugal days out!
Make a Budget!
Doing your research before heading off on you holiday will prevent you from overspending. Make a daily holiday budget and ensure you stick to it – if you’re someone who already budgets, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Work out how much you’ll spend on travel to get to your destination and the cost of your accommodation, too. From here, you can create a daily budget, so you know exactly how much you have to spend on food, sightseeing, ice creams, souvenirs – you name it!
Remember the Insurance!
And don’t skimp on this! If there’s any part of the holiday where you should be directing your spending, it is this! If you’re hit with an emergency bill, be it healthcare or theft, you might find your holiday coming to a grinding halt without it (and your expenses!) Insurance can also help you if your travel company goes bust, or if anything is cancelled for whatever reason at all. Do your research here, you may just thank yourself later on down the line!