The big Holidays are here ! A holiday is a much-celebrated method of blowing off steam by escaping the daily grind.
But if your budget gets blown in the process, a break can add more stress than it takes away.
Luckily there are a few simple ways to save yourself a lot of money on your summer holiday this year.
I have done some research on the best holiday hacks for couples and families to hold onto their hard-earned cash.
From before you board to when you arrive, the list has you covered, with tiny tweaks to ensure a cheap and cheerful vacation.
1. Look for the best currency exchange deals
Shopping around for the best rates is an easy and effective way to stock up on extra money before you have even departed. Always look out for happy hours as well from online exchangers, who offer better rates for a brief amount of time.
Never Exchange at the airport.
2. Book holidays late
If your not picky about your destination, then waiting right up until the last moment to book your holiday could see you get the top resorts for a fraction of the price. There are plenty of websites offering last minute deals, but make sure to look for comparison sites that scour travel agents and compile the bargains for you.
3. Switch on private browsing
Travel agents are able to see through your Internet browsing history and are able to hike prices when you next search for them. Avoid this by searching through private browsing, as this turns off your Internet cookies and means travel agents cannot offer you inflated prices.
4. Cycle where possible
Renting bikes will be far cheaper than renting a car, and due to rentals most likely being daily you can choose to rent a bike only on days you need them.
5. Ask locals for recommendations
Popular tourist restaurants and bars are likely to jack up the cost assuming that tourists will still pay extortionate prices. Try asking local residents for recommendations, and you might find that aside from locating a cheap spot, you might also uncover a hidden gem.
6. Look for the free tours
Free tours are often a great way to see cities and towns on foot, without having to fork out for expensive sightseeing trips. It’s also another great opportunity to get some free advice on the best spots to visit.
7. Local wines over foreign
Locally produced wine doesn’t have to go through the same expensive shipping process that foreign imports do, meaning that you will be paying less whilst enjoying the fruits of your local vineyard.
8. Smartphone satellite navigation
Using your hotel or apartment’s Wi-Fi to download maps of your local town or city is a great way to save on buying a tour guide. Once downloaded, maps work without the use of Internet, meaning you don’t spend extortionate amounts on mobile data.
9. Make the most of your hand luggage
People always seem to neglect just how much luggage you are able to take with you on a flight. If possible, try flying without any extra luggage at all, or if not then make sure you make the most of your hand luggage to avoid paying any extra fees at check-in.
10. Fly at unsociable hours
You can often knock a decent amount off your flights by choosing to fly at the hours when most people are tucked up in bed. Flying midweek instead of weekends is another cost-cutter when flying.
2. Le Havre, France
3. Paphos, Cyprus
4. Leeds, UK
5. The Alentejo, Portugal