I know, if I could, I’d go on holiday all the time. Life would be one big holiday. I’m sure you’d agree, right? But if there’s one thing that stops us all from doing that, it’s money. We all know money doesn’t grow on trees, but maybe there are ways that we can save more, making our holiday budget more manageable. Every little helps, so here are my top money saving tips for your next holiday.
Before you go
1) Save £2 coins: This may sound so simple, but you’ll be amazed at how much you can save. Whenever I get given a £2 coin, I put it to one side in my purse and then save it in a Terramundi money pot. I had £1,020 in the last full jug I smashed open!
2) Get your travel money in advance: You might not get the best rate when you’re abroad and it’s always much more expensive to buy your currency at the airport too, so exchange your holiday money before you go.
3) Book early for the best deals: If you know exactly when you want to go on holiday, then it pays to book as far in advance as you can, securing the best deal.
4) If you can’t book early, book last minute: Maybe you don’t know yet when you’ll be able to travel. In which case, booking it as late as you can might not leave you with the best choice of holidays, but you should still be able to find a cheap deal.
5) Keep your eye out for promo codes: If you keep a regular check on our website, you’ll often find that there are promo codes or offers where you can get a certain amount of money off the price of your holiday, so always check here before booking.
6) Sign up for our email newsletters: Another great way to keep on top of all the latest deals is to sign up to our email newsletter. That way you’ll be the first to know about all our special deals.
7) Pack light: The lighter you can pack, the less money you spend on baggage, which can be better spent when you’re on holiday. I’m really modest and like to consider myself an expert packer, so read my advice on how to pack for a holiday with just hand luggage.
8) Book all your extras together and in advance: Don’t leave it to the last minute to book any extras you may want, such as airport transfers, seats together on the plane or airport parking. It’s cheaper to do it in advance and you can often get deals when you book more than one at once.
9) Check your passport is in date: As obvious as it may sound, you won’t believe the amount of people who get stumped by this. Keeping on top of your passport’s expiry date prevents you getting stung by unnecessary costs when you have to fast-track it to get it renewed in time. And don’t forget, you normally need at least six month’s validity to be able to travel.
While you’re there
1) Don’t eat in the main squares: When on holiday, it can be very tempting to grab a bite to eat while you’re in the hustle and bustle of a resort’s main square. But this is where the most money is made from tourists and prices are at their highest. Instead, venture away from the centre and eat where the locals eat. It’s often a more authentic experience anyway!
2) Go All Inclusive: One of the easiest ways to budget for a holiday is to go All Inclusive. When you’re there, all your meals and drinks are included, and often snacks and certain activities are too. All you need is to save some spending money for days out, souvenirs and any other little extras.
3) Buy your toiletries in resort: An easy way to reduce the weight of your suitcase and save money is to buy your toiletries once you’re on holiday. I find most things apart from sun cream tend to be cheaper. And, of course, you never know what freebies you might get in your hotel room anyway.
4) Take snacks: Whether you take them in your suitcase or buy them from the local supermarket, it’s always good to have a few extra snacks to hand; either in your hotel room or in your bag for days out. It’s cheaper and can be fun to take your own picnic to the beach.
5) Put spending money aside: If you really don’t want to overspend on things while you’re on holiday, whether that be on food and drinks, activities or souvenirs; set a certain amount of money aside for things you know you definitely want to do or buy. That way you’ll not blow your budget without realising and end up not being able to afford them.
6) Fill up bottles: Take advantage if your hotel provides free bottled water in your room each day. Take this to the pool or the beach with you and fill it up again when you run out. You can buy really cheap, big bottles of water from the supermarket and then just top your smaller bottle up with it.
7) Know the exchange rate: Keep a note of the current exchange rate either on your phone, in your wallet or in your head. If you know roughly what say £1 or £5 equates to in the local currency, you’ll be able to keep better track of your spending as you go.
8) Take your student card: If you’re the proud owner of a student card, you mustn’t forget to pack it in your hand luggage. These cards don’t just entitle you to discounts in shops and establishments around the UK, but they can get you free entry into all kinds of sites and attractions when on holiday too.
9) Turn your data roaming off: Although it’s starting to get cheaper to use your phone abroad, you still don’t want to get caught out and come home to a frightfully large phone bill. Make sure your data roaming is always turned off when out and about on holiday. You’ll have to save all your Instagram bragging until you’re connected to Wi-Fi, I’m afraid. Hot dogs or legs?
If you need some more help with budgeting for your holiday, try out our holiday budget calculator.
What are your best tips for saving money? How do you budget for your holiday? Let me know in the comments below.