Going on holiday can be an expensive luxury, especially during a recession. That’s why we’ve shared with you some of our own money-saving tips to use before and during your holiday. But we’d love to hear your own suggestions. How have you saved money when booking, or whilst on holiday?
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Well, it seems everyone's talking about going abroad, I'm perfectly happy to save money on flights and hotels by driving to the coast and camping. The atmosphere's great, surfing or body-boarding is a cheap activity, it wears you out and the sea air means you usually get a good night's sleep even on a busy site! It doesn't matter about the weather when you wear a wetsuit:-)
If you must go overseas, buy a phone sim locally, load up with a fiver's worth for emergencies and get a Nationwide Gold card before you go.
Date posted - 29/06/2012 15:11:03
Buy toiletries and sun tan etc at destination.They can be heavy and are generally no more expensive in destination country stores
Date posted - 29/06/2012 15:09:04
As a mum of 6 holidays can be very expensive - however we never book package holidays. We always holiday in India or Sri Lanka, buy the flights seperately and then use the internet and deal directly with either the hotel or an indian travel agent - for our last holiday in Sri Lanka we paid £1514 incl tax for all our flights and then only £350 for all inclusive between all of us for the hotel!!!!!!!!!!
10 nights there was and is cheaper than a week in spain!!!!!
just goes to show that with a little planning even in these hard times you can still get a massive bargain!
Date posted - 29/06/2012 06:32:31
Make sure you take the correct LOCAL currency as in Peru the Neuvos Soles is welcomed better as it costs the locals to change dollars to Soles
Date posted - 27/06/2012 11:04:56
I always look way in advance for tickets to see if I can get cheaper deals for air or rail travel to cut costs down and also compare hotels on various sites and travel agents to try and get the best deals possible.
Date posted - 27/06/2012 10:51:58
Instead of going to a Travel money shop or the post office, use your debit card to withdraw cash abroad. When going to the ATM, you have the choice of withdrawing the currency as a sterling quantity or the currency of the country you are in. (For example, you can ask for €300 or £300 of Euros.)
If you choose the sterling option, then not only do you avoid paying the % interest your account provider would normally charge, (can be around 3% of the withdrawal amount), but you can also get a much higher exchange rate than you would get if you changed sterling before you travelled.
Date posted - 26/06/2012 21:29:40
When packing your tea,coffee, sugar, always take some powdered milk as you may be gasping for a cuppa and if arriving at an ungodly hour no shops will be open, also take "top up bottles" of shampoo toothpaste etc... less weight to bring home.
Date posted - 26/06/2012 17:14:33
Don't just book and go, do all your research well before you go. Lots of money to be saved here ie buy tickets for trips events etc. as £'s can be saved research the best way to take or convert currency.
Date posted - 26/06/2012 17:12:18
Before you fly leave photocopies of all passports and travel documents and spare house and car keys with a trusted friend or relative. Take a good selection of cash and cards and euro/dollar travellers cheques for purchases and sterling for your carparking or incidentals enroute or on return ! Save all your telephone numbers on a stick in the event your mobile phone is lost/ stolen or lying at the bottom of the swimming pool ! Bon Vacance !
Date posted - 26/06/2012 08:30:36
Contact the hotel before you book the holiday and try and join their members club if they have one. Then, once you arrive at your hotel destination, even if you are on a package holiday, the receptionist will sometimes upgrade your room and throw in a few extras for free!!
Date posted - 26/06/2012 08:29:40
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