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Top Travel Saving Tips For Holidaymakers

Matt Crisp September 3, 2017

Of course when you go on holiday you want it to be the trip of a lifetime but that doesn’t mean you want to spend your life’s savings on a few weeks away, does it? After you’ve booked your accommodation, flights and luxury minibus hire to take you to the airport and back, it might be wise to see how you could cut back on costs elsewhere.

Don’t change your cash at the last minute as this could mean you’re not able to take advantage of the best exchange rates. These can vary a lot depending on when you choose to swap your cash – and where you choose to do it. You need to allow enough time for you to find the best deal so you can get the most for your money. It’d also be a wise move to see what your bank’s policy is on using your card overseas, whether it’s paying for goods or taking money out of a cash machine.

The good news for holidaymakers this year is that back in June roaming charges for people in the EU were abolished, so if you are travelling on the continent you’ll be happy to hear that you’ll be charged the same for making calls and sending texts as you would be back home. If you’re going outside the EU, make sure you know what your mobile company’s roaming charge policy is so that you’re not hit with a massive bill when you get back home.

Another absolute must when going on holiday is sorting out travel insurance. It might seem like an unnecessary expense at the time but if you do have an accident of some kind while away you could have a huge bill to foot when you get home. Travel insurance isn’t expensive – and it’s certainly a lot cheaper than the thousands you’d have to pay for an air ambulance if you did decide travel cover wasn’t worth the expense.

If you’re looking for ways to save money on flights, think about booking an indirect one. It might be a little bit more inconvenient but you could save yourself a pretty penny if you do. You won’t get to your destination much later than you had planned and you’ll have a lot more spending money as a result.

And, of course, one of the best ways to get yourself a cheaper holiday is by thinking about the dates you want to book it. If you book something during the school holidays you’re going to end up paying more so think about going away at the end of August and beginning of September, since the kids will be gearing up to go back to school from around then.

While actually on holiday, there are little ways to save cash such as by walking around instead of using public transport and arranging your own excursions rather than booking yourself onto expensive guided tours. Travel passes are available everywhere if you do want to use public transport – and this would be the cheaper option if you are trying to claw back cash wherever you can.