Many travel websites offer 'cheap holidays'- but many potential holiday-makers eventually get put off by hidden chages and confusing pricing structures. Here we will tell you the easiest ways to save so you really feel like you got a good deal.
Pay in instalments.
Search for 'holiday deposit' online and you will find many sites offering deposits for as low as 50 GBP. There can also be hefty discounts on holidays booked in advance, and some agents offer a discount as well as a deposit scheme, so you can save money and pay in installments!
Book in advance.
Despite the claims from websites offering last minute discounts there can be some real bargains found far in advance. About 6 months in advance is a good time to search for holidays as agents will be eager to fill slots for the next season.
Avoid the school holidays.
This may not be an option if you have children, but if you don't have kids then you will find prices shoot up during the school holidays.
Fly on Inconvenient Days.
Christmas day can be one of the cheapest flight days of the year, along with New Year's Eve. So if you don't mind missing the festivities there are great deals to be found. Mid-week is also a good time to fly as there can quite often be less demand.
Don't Stay in a Hotel.
Self-catering apartments can be found at knock-down prices out of season and have the added advantage of saving you money on food.
A 'pension' is another word for a boarding house on the continent and in some parts of South America and the rooms are often very comfortable - just a little less expensive-looking.
Hostels are great for young travellers, but may become tedious for those looking for a quiet holiday.
Cook for Yourself.
If you find yourself a self-catering apartment or hostel (most have kitchens) you can save a fortune on food. Eating out is one of the pleasures of going abroad, but equally you can make delicious lunches and breakfasts using local fresh ingredients and save your money for other things. Take a cookbook from the country you are holidaying in and experiment with new flavours.
Although these holidays can seem expensive they can save you a lot of money on flights, food and drinks. Look for package deals in countries which have a currency that is weak against the pound. Resorts are great for children - and even if you prefer a more 'authentic' holiday you may find it is cheaper to stay in the resort and go on day trips.
Avoid Touristy Areas
Shopping and eating areas that cater to tourists are often far more expensive, and, sometimes, worse quality, than eateries and shops that are for locals. If you become friendly with the locals then ask for their recommendations- you can find hidden gems this way that you would never have found otherwise!
Shopping for holidays online can make your head spin sometimes. Sign-up to email newsletters from a number of holiday agents (remember that airlines sometimes offer holidays too) and you will sometimes be sent exclusive special offers.
We wish you a thrifty and enjoyable holiday!
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