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Five tips to save money while travelling
Money is tight at the moment for many people, which can be really stressful. This may tempt you to skip your holiday this year, but you still need to unwind! There are ways to have a great holiday without it costing the earth. Here are some tips:
5: Fly when nobody else wants to
If you have a degree of flexibility about when you travel, try to travel outside of the school holidays. It also may help to travel at strange times, such as the dead of night or really early in the morning. These flights will usually be cheaper. Using comparison websites could help you find the best deal.
4. Book early, or really late
It’s conventional wisdom that booking in advance can save you money. But so can booking late. Websites such as Lastminute.com can offer great deals, especially if you don’t particularly mind where you go. Lastminute also has a ‘secret hotel’ option, where you can get good hotels for great discounts because they won’t tell you which hotel it is.
3. Go to someone’s house
This may sound odd, but there are an increasing number of websites that let you holiday in someone else’s house. Home-swapping is growing in popularity: you simply live in someone’s house at your desired destination, and they live in yours (for the duration of the holiday). ‘Couch surfing’ is also an option, where people will offer to put you up for a few nights, often for free. You may even be able to take your pets!
2. Look up vouchers and discounts
Websites such as Groupon and Livingsocial offer ‘getaways’ and ‘escapes’ for a discounted price. Many of these holidays have added bonuses such as ‘a glass of champagne on arrival’ and ‘free breakfast’. There are other ways to get discounted holidays, especially if your dates are flexible. Package holidays can be surprisingly cheap these days, due to holiday companies wanting to fill up their flights and hotels.
1. When you’re there, do what you would at home
Obviously you go on holiday to get away from your home routine and relax, but certain aspects of home life can help you save money abroad: simple things, like walking. If your destination is in walking distance, you can save money, get/stay fit and see things you may not have seen in a taxi or even on public transport. Eating in a few nights can also offer savings. When you do eat out, you could be adventurous and head to restaurants offering local cuisine on the outskirts of the city.