Let’s face it, holidays are expensive. Whether you choose to spend your annual leave aboard, or decide to take a staycation, the cost of taking time out soon amounts up. Often the price you pay to travel to and stay at your destination is just the start of it. Cheap Flights and budget hotels have helped reduce the amount you initially have to set aside, in comparison to more traditional package holidays. However, when you factor in your living expenses while you are away, it can double in price. Here are some tips to keep those costs down.
Choose a destination carefully – When booking your break consider things other than sun and scenery. Finding a place of the beaten track can often knock pounds of the money you spend while you are there as you will be able to avoid the inflated prices of more popular destinations.
Do your research – Once you have decided on your destination, thoroughly research the area online and with guidebooks. This way you can plan an itinerary that fits your budget. You may also find a hidden gem that others may miss. Spontaneity usually leads to overspending.
Pack carefully – Reaching your holiday location, only to find that you have left behind an essential item of clothing or kit means you might have to take an unplanned trip to the shops, where temptation awaits. Making sure that you have everything needed before you leave pay will off.
Do a meal planner – Self-catering will save you money, but only if you don’t spend the savings on eating out for every meal. It can be tricky preparing and cooking in a different environment; however, if you have an idea of what, when and how you will cook, it is easier to stick to a budget.
Avoid tourist traps – Souvenir and gift shops are the same world over, with rarely little more than the name of the destination emblazoned on whatever they are trying to sell you to differentiate them. Often the best memento of your trip will be the photographs that you took.
Take your own entertainment – Packing a deck of cards and other travel friendly games is a great way of ensuring that you can while away the relaxed evening hours without spending a penny. There is no better way to enjoy time with your friends and family than a travel scrabble tournament.
Buy a snorkel & mask – If you are taking a beach holiday somewhere warm invest in some scuba equipment. Exploring what lies underneath the waves will keep you endlessly occupied and limit your activities to the waterside, rather the going on expensive day trips.
So, there are just a few ideas to help you cut back on the money you need on your hols. Frugal fun is just as enjoyable as indulgent expense, and may mean that you can enjoy yourself more knowing you won’t be paying for it once you return home.