Holidays, as we all know, can get very expensive. You've got the flights and taxi rides, accommodation, souvenirs, and then added to that all the dining out, (and perhaps partying)! You can definitely see how it's easy to end up spending more than you bargained for whilst on your overseas jaunt. Luckily, for those of us on a budget, there are plenty of easy tips and tricks to make your holiday that much more affordable. From learning to haggle to making sure you book flights on cheaper days of the week, the below travel hacks are easy and will help you enjoy a cheaper trip…
Travel during off-seasons. You can save a whole ton of money simply by booking your holiday one month later than the crowd. Flights, and in some cases accommodation, will be discounted. Plus, there will be more room by the hotel pool as your resort is likely to be way less crowded.
As a general rule, flights are usually cheaper on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the flight industry's version of 'off-peak'. You can also save money by booking flights scheduled to leave at obscure times of the morning. Try to book your flights on a Tuesday afternoon, as they go down slightly in price then.
If it's convenient, call hotels at the last minute and ask for discounted rates. Hotel owners hate empty rooms so if they've got some, they are likely to offer you a discount.
Walk around with a specified amount of cash for the day, only. Leave your cards and the rest of your money in the hotel safe. Not only is it better for you security-wise, but you will also find it much easier to stick to a budget. You'll know exactly how much you are able to spend and the cash won't run through your hands like water. This is particularly good in unfamiliar areas where you don't know the local exchange rate too well.
Take public transport wherever possible. It's an authentic travel experience and you'll save on taxis.
Drink local brews. It's cheaper than imported stuff. And ask your hotel about happy hours.
Eat out for breakfast or lunch. It's cheaper than eating out for dinner.
Walk, wherever possible. Not only will you save money on transport, but you'll see more and get some exercise, too!
Visit local markets, bakeries and grocery stores for food supplies that are authentic and much cheaper than dining out.
Pick restaurants away from the touristy areas. Even just a block away in some towns, and you'll find eateries are cheaper.
Pack light to avoid the astronomical baggage fees many airlines will sting you with. Take miniature 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and check the long range forecast before planning your outfit for every day. Always remember to take a few options though, in case of a sudden change in weather.
Some universities offer cheap accommodation when not in session. Why not? They are generally close to all the attractions.
Don't discredit hostels. These days, hostels are more comfortable and many offer private rooms, pools and even a cleaning service! Catering for the 'flashpackers' these types of places will still save you money when compared to a posh hotel.
Learn to haggle. In many countries, haggling is the norm. A local wouldn't expect to pay the advertised price. It's all up to you to barter with shop owners and sales staff, so go on.. don't be shy!