5 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HOLIDAYS

BOOK A LAST MINUTE DEAL

Most people prefer booking their holidays earlier for better deals but last minute deals could also save you a great deal of money. This is because sometimes planes or cruises may not have sold off all their tickets by the time they intend to travel and nobody likes to send empty ships or tours and travel operators rush to fill the empty seats and you can get to be one of the space fillers at a discounted rate. The best time to seek out last minute deals is around two weeks before you travel and get the best bargains, like these ones on trips to the Mediterranean.

STAY OUT OF HOTELS

You do not necessarily need to stay in hotels for your holidays. Hotel prices skyrocket specially during holiday seasons and especially those in touristy areas. You can opt to stay in apartments, self-catering cottages, housesitting, B&BS, motels or hostels. If you are travelling as a group, you can stay in villas or holiday homes and split the cost. Choosing a different kind of accommodation also enhances your holiday experience.

BE CLEVER IN BIG CITIES

Major cities of the world can be extremely expensive but with a few tricks here and there can make your stay very affordable. You can take advantage of free city tours, which show you the major highlights and introduce you to the city’s culture. It is confusing and costly hiring a car in a big city, you can opt to travel by bus and probably get a city pass, which gives you unlimited access to public transport and major attractions. In major cities, eat where you see most locals and if in Europe make your lunch meal the most important meal of the day because it is always cheaper. Most cities have parks where you can cool off and have a picnic rather than eating in restaurants.

TRAVEL DIFFERENTLY

The gas prices may be high but they definitely aren’t more than hotel prices. Travelling by campervan allows you to travel to different destinations of choice without worrying about parking light like at airports and you do not have to worry about accommodation prices or reservations. You can also invite friends and family and split the cost. Most campervans (like these ones) offer comfortable berths where you can sleep at night and kitchen equipment where you can prepare your own meals. Travelling via campervan also get you to reach off the beaten path places and spend less while enjoying your holiday. The next time you plan to explore Europe, New Zealand or Australia, consider a campervan and you will be amazed at how affordable it is.

TRAVEL OFF-SEASON

Travelling to any destination during its peak season can be very costly, from airfares right to accommodation. If you travel during off-season, you will enjoy great deals at lower prices. Attractions tend to be less crowded, prices are lower and you can even treat yourself to some affordable luxuries, which otherwise would be unaffordable during the peak season.