When it comes to traveling abroad, most people spend their year saving up money to be able to eventually afford a week or two in the sun with their loved ones; with the last year being so hectic and stressful for so many of us, it makes sense that more and more people are looking for ways that they can reduce the cost of traveling abroad. There are many ways that you can cut costs without sacrificing the experience or the enjoyable time that we all hope to have when we get to go away.
Food and Drink
Food and drink, while you are away, is one of the highest costs of going abroad so I would recommend looking at ways you can save money in this area first. Many people choose to go all-inclusive when they choose their hotel as it is much more convenient to have it all sorted before you go. However, when it comes to saving money and if you are traveling in a large group, it may be more affordable for you to go self-catering and to sort out the food yourself by visiting the local supermarket or restaurants that offer cheaper meals.
Your transport when you are on holiday is also very important, and when done wrong can be a very expensive part of the holiday. Where most people are hiring cars or relying upon taxis to get around the local area, you could save a lot of money by going for a bike rental instead. This also provides you with exercise while you are indulging in local food and drink, as well as being a cheaper alternative to paying for a car. In many European cities, bike rental is affordable and reliable; with the best bike rental Amsterdam still only being around ten euros a day to rent.
Where you stay will have a direct influence on the overall cost of your holiday, although many people enjoy splashing out a bit more on a luxurious holiday package with a recognized hotel. If you are looking to holiday on a budget, I would recommend that you do further research to find the more affordable options. Many establishments offer package deals for family rooms, so if you are traveling with small children, you may also find a better deal when looking for a large family room to stay in.
It is not very well known that you can save money on your holiday flights by choosing the less desirable seats or times for travel, by going late in the night you may be arriving at your final destination in the early hours, but by saving a significant amount of money on each individual ticket for your party, you will have residual budget left over to go towards other aspects of the holiday. If you are on a budget, you should be prepared to make some sacrifices to allow for more spending when it matters and when you are actually at your holiday destination.
If you are well versed in finding coupons and discounts within your everyday life, then there is no reason why you can’t have some sort of price reduction on your holiday also. With so many competing brands in the holiday industry, many companies will try and cut the others up by offering a similar holiday at a reduced price. They will also sell their holiday deals to external companies to try and encourage more people to book with them rather than an alternative brand. Using websites like Wowcher, you may be able to save some money by finding a great package deal for your trip.
A final way that you can save some money on your next holiday would be to organize your own airport transfers; many people will take advantage of the fact that holidaymakers will need transport to and from the airport and will subsequently boost their prices. If you want to save some money, you can do this by arranging your own private transfers using a company with a cheaper rate, if you are visiting someone you could even arrange for them to pick you up and simply pay for the petrol if they want you to.