Whether you are going on holiday to get some Winter sun or planning to go away for a special occasion, travelling abroad doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.
Vanquis Bank shares some tips with us to help you save money so you can relax a little more and enjoy time with your loved ones.
Book ahead of time
Before booking your Winter break, make sure that you are getting the best deal possible for yourself. There are many great comparison websites, which can help you save money and get a great deal. If you can, set aside money monthly so that you can take advantage of seasonal sales.
Plan smart when you book online
When it comes to planning a holiday, most people look up the price of a flight on comparison websites or airline sites. It’s easy to check this several times before making a booking because you’re hoping you’ll get the best deal.
Yet, when they finally click through to check out, they often notice the price has risen.
“Airlines and booking sites can record your browser history by installing cookies on browsers, meaning they can compare their price with what you have viewed previously and bump up the price as they see fit,” the Revolut team explained.
To avoid this, we suggest that you clear your browser cache and cookies and turn on private browsing before you go window shopping on airlines or booking sites, they advised.
Come prepared with healthy snacks
A great way to avoid unnecessary extra costs is to pre-pack some healthy snacks for the family before you jet off. Because we live far from far from Dover ferry port, but it’s still our best port for our trips to Holland, we leave before dawn which in children-speak means before breakfast. If I’ve not packed food we can find we’ve spent an easy £50 on food before we even arrive at our holiday destination!
Packing snacks not only helps you to save money at airport lounges or motorway services but also when you get to your destination too. Knowing you have some healthy snacks to hand can also help you to avoid any potential grumpiness whilst travelling as well!
Be hotel savvy
If you’re going down the hotel route, always check for special family deals, from discounted rates to free meals for children; many international chains offer these, I recommend choosing one of hotels in Chania Crete if you’re looking for a beachfront resort. Most hotels and guesthouses provide breakfast, but unless it’s included in the room rate, it’s often a waste of money for children, particularly if they only eat a piece of bread or a bowl of cereal. If breakfast isn’t included, try asking for ‘complimentary’ ones for the children or choose a hotel chain that gives two free children’s breakfasts for every adult breakfast purchased.
Buy excursions online before you head off
Pre-booking holiday activities can not only save you the hassle of purchasing tickets abroad, but you can also take advantage of special offers that are only available online. It would be a smart idea to do your due diligence and check that the website is credible. Be security conscious and check if they have a review page. Better yet, snoop online and look whether they have been mentioned on Trip advisor. We sometimes even sign up for the local Groupon at our destination and spend weeks scooping up good deals before we arrive.
Consider how you’ll travel
For many of us, using a car on holiday can be a safe and easy way for your family to get around. To make sure your sight-seeing is done hassle-free, arranging a car hire before you go can save you time and money. This does depend on your destination, however. In Amsterdam, for example, you’ll find parking is so expensive it’s much easier and more convenient to catch a bus and explore the City by bus or even bike.
Shop around for the best currency exchange rate
Having your spending money ready before you land can help you beat the rubbish rates. Changing your money at the airport will not only add worry to your day but you’re more likely to not get the most out of your money.
First, you’ll need to know how much you’re ready to convert. Then, look at a comparison website, like Travel Money, can help you to work out your best deal. Check with your bank and your credit card company for their international exchange rates too. Coming back from three weeks in Australia to find I’d been charged nearly £2 on each transaction was a nasty surprise you’ll want to avoid if you can!