It can be hard to make the right decision when planning your holidays. For tight budgets, it can be even harder, with the wide range of options available to the average British family. In these days and age, you can go on the Internet to try to find the best deal, but keep in mind these 5 tips that will help you save money on you next holidays.
1. Choose you destination wisely
Some destinations are usually cheaper than others. Sometimes it also varies from year to year. In 2014, the best deals to get are in:
- Spain – Prices are down by 20%
- Portugal – In Algarve, prices are down by 15%
2. Take an all-inclusive package
Operators like On the Beach or Expedia offer all-inclusive holidays or activity holidays that often are much cheaper, including flights, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and sports equipment hire for all the family!
3. Swap homes
A concept that has been very trendy for a few years, numerous websites help families in different countries connect to ‘swap homes’ for holidays! Post online the details of
your home’s location, its size of your property, and how many people it can accommodate, and look for other families doing the same and whose property is suitable for you. It’s a great way to save on accommodation!
4. Beware hidden charges abroad on your debit and credit cards
Most debit and credit cards will sneak small charges when you use them abroad. Adding up, these can cost you quite a lot of money you could have better spent on actual holiday activities. Check your contract and consider using a prepaid cash card.
5. Watch out for mobile roaming charges
Remember to switch off your phone’s data roaming when you travel. Mobile phone calls could charge you up to $1.49 a minute. Use the free wifi whenever available with apps like Skype and Viber to stay in contact with your fiends and family back home!