How to travel for less

If, like most of us, you save up all year for your holiday, you’ll know just how expensive going abroad can be. From holiday essentials to transport, it all adds up. So here at On the Beach, we’ve compiled a few handy tips to show you how you can travel for less…

Book early and save:

Gone are the days where flight prices go down closer to departure and last minute bargains are the norm. Nowadays unfortunately, leaving booking your holiday too late could result in paying a costly sum.

By booking early, you can secure your seats before flights begin to increase due to popularity. This also means you can opt into deposit schemes like On the Beach’s, which gives you the option to pay bit by bit until 2 weeks before you fly.

Pack light:

If you can bear to leave your favourite hair products at home then taking hand luggage only is a great way to travel for less. Although you’ll have to buy most of your toiletries whilst on holiday, you could save a fortune by not taking hold luggage… just make sure you weigh your case first!

Shop around for currency:

Don’t be tempted to leave changing your currency until you get to the airport. Before you go, it’s worth doing a bit of research and finding the place with the cheapest exchange rates. There are loads of online comparison sites that look up current exchange rates for different places and companies, so put our mind at ease and exchange before you fly.

Take your own food:

It’s no secret that airport food is a little on the pricey side, so if you have a family to feed, this could cost you a fair bit. Pack sandwiches before setting off to the airport and this could save you quite a bit of change – just don’t forget you can’t take liquids through security.

Book transfers in advance:

If, like a lot people, you arrive at your chosen destination and head straight to the taxi rank, you could be wasting valuable currency that could be spent on more valuable holiday activities. Booking your transfers in advance could save you a fortune and it also means everything is already organised when you arrive.

Use public transport:

There’s no shortage of airport taxi companies, but using them to get to the airport can be quite costly. Sometimes, like if your flight is in the early hours of the morning, this is unavoidable. But if your city has good public transport links to the airport, then why not use them? You could save a fortune.

Using public transport in a foreign country may be a scary thought, but if you do a bit of research before you go, you may find that there are regular buses which go to your resort for a fraction of the cost of a taxi. It may not be a glamorous means of transportation, but it could save you valuable dosh.

Do you have any money saving tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

Written on 17th October 2014 by

Emily Whitehouse

Marketeer and blogger for On the Beach. Lover of all things beachy.

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