Travel is your reward for staying on task throughout the year, so you naturally want trips to unfold as smoothly as possible – without incident. It’s also important to manage your spending while on holiday, so you’re not paying for travel all year long. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure trouble-free travel, without overspending on airfare, lodging, ground transportation, and other holiday expenses.
Experts recently shared some of their favorite money-saving tips for an affordable holiday.
Finding Travel Values
Coordinating travel can be an intimidating undertaking. In fact, much of the planning was once left to professionals, skilled at securing the best travel values for paying clients. Today’s holidaymakers enjoy far greater access than folks once did, taking advantage of real-time communication and direct consumer promotions. As a result, people with little or no experience are now equipped with the tools needed to organise fulfilling, affordable travel.
Airfares – Information is empowering. Modern would-be travelers have the world at their fingertips, enabling them to compare and contrast travel alternatives in real time. Websites not only show travel options side by side, but wide-ranging travel sites also make it possible to book transportation, lodging, and holiday packages online.
When searching for the best deals on air travel, resources like Kayak and Skyscanner furnish invaluable insight. Consulting such sites streamlines the planning process, guiding you to bargain airfares within your budget. Upon visiting travel booking websites, you may find the price of air travel to be more than you can reasonably afford. But don’t give up on your holiday plans! In some cases it’s possible to submit your email address in order to receive airfare updates. When prices drop on the flights you’re interested in, you’ll be among the first to know, enabling you to strike when fares are favourable.
When you put your faith in airlines to contribute memorable travel experiences, a relaxing holiday depends upon their ability to deliver. Like other travel plans, however, flight arrangements sometimes fall apart. To avoid losing money and adding aggravation, it pays to protect your travel investment. Flight delay compensation is due to those experiencing problems with airlines, covering delays and other travel mishaps. Before booking your next flight, explore the security provided by these types of claims. Hopefully, you won’t need to make a claim, but you’ll appreciate the peace of mind it provides, even when everything goes off without a hitch.
Lodging – Like air travel sites, web resources comparing hotel rates can save you money on the cost of travel. While these sites are great places to start comparing alternatives, experts also recommend checking directly with hotel operators, before booking rooms. Hotel properties sometimes offer special rates that aren’t available online, occasionally making drastic price cuts, so rooms don’t sit empty.
You don’t want to be left out in the cold, but waiting to book sometimes yields big savings. However, if you have your heart set on a particular resort or hotel, advanced booking is the best way to lock it down – particularly during peak travel seasons.
For frugal travelers with a higher degree of flexibility, some websites offer unnamed hotel nights at discount prices. You won’t learn the precise location until after you’ve committed to buy, but you may be able to identify the hotel by researching the area and matching the description against known hotels found within your destination zone.
Travel Cash – If you’ve recently traveled abroad, you probably noted how weak the pound is, compared to other currencies. You don’t have much control over exchange rates, but experts advise against changing cash at airports, which offer some of the worst rates.
Anticipating your travel expenses, it is also a good idea to investigate prepaid cards, which are often made available without fees. The alternative, using your debit card abroad, can leave you holding the bag for hidden charges and fees. Barclay’s, Halifax, and other financial institutions put-forth cards without added costs, so you may already be familiar with some of your options. To be sure you’re making the most of your travel cash, compare card terms and use online resources to track exchange rates, before embarking on international travel.
No matter where you’re bound for on your next holiday, you want it to be a memorable, positive experience. For consistent results, use every available resource to compare options and pay the right price for travel services.