Cutting holiday costs is the aim of the game if you’re wanting to see more of the world, and whilst you might think this is all down to finding a cheap deal, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are plenty of small ways to save money, which add up to big savings.
Take how you get to the airport for example. Do you book expensive public transport? Do you book trains, coaches and taxis? This could be where your money is leaking away. I wised up to the fact that driving yourself to the airport could be the way to save cash, especially if you’re travelling as a family. I now book my airport parking as soon as I book my flight, and I know that my travel day will be laid-back as a result. Wherever you’re flying from you’ll find this is a service you can book, even regionally. I’ve booked Heathrow parking terminal 5 on several occasions and enjoyed the same level of service as I have when booking parking from a large airport in London.
This is just one way to cut costs, and there are countless others. Think about luggage for instance, do you need to book a suitcase, or could you make do with hand luggage if you used an airline that had a more generous hand luggage allowance? This is a possibility if you’re not going away for too long, and if you’re ruthless with what you take. The saving could be anything up to £40 on a return flight.
When you’re actually looking for your flight in the first instance, make sure you don’t jump for the first flight you see, and instead watch them for a while. Skyscanner is a great site to do just that, but try not to check them too much, as your interest will cause the costs to go up gradually. Every few days should be enough.
You could split book your flight, i.e. book two one ways flights, instead of booking a return, and see if that comes up cheaper, or you could try booking from different airports to see if you can find a cheaper flight by doing that. It’s about patience and trying different things, thinking outside the box, and sometimes this yields money saving results.
All inclusive hotels are a good way to save money for families, because the cost of food and drink is included; nobody has to worry about finding the money to eat out and you don’t have to put a limit on the number of soft drinks the kids can have. Alternatively, self-catering gives you the freedom to eat in or out, depending on how your money is or isn’t flowing.
It all comes down to perseverance and thinking a little cleverly when it comes to saving hard-earned money.