Pound sterling’s value is set to make holidays to Europe and the US 15 per cent more expensive this year, according to Snaptrip.com.
The last-minute holiday hub has revealed the best ways to save on your holiday costs, so you can offset this potential increase.
Snaptrip co-founder Matt Fox has shared his expert advice to drive down the spending your hard-earned vacation.
Following these simple steps will ensure your ideal break doesn’t break the bank.
Hold your nerve
There’s a lot to be said for a perfectly-planned holiday, but a last-minute approach can save you hundreds of pounds in key costs like travel and accommodation.
If you know where you’d like to go but you’re not fussed where you stay, book your accommodation at the last minute.
No hotel or cottage owner wants empty rooms, so many will drop their rates as a certain date draws closer.
If you can hold your nerve, you could get your accommodation at a fraction of the usual price, or stay somewhere amazing without spending much at all.
A spontaneous approach could also make you and your travel companions happier – a survey by Snaptrip found that 64 per cent of people who describe themselves as impulsive are “happy” or “very happy”, compared to just 52 per cent of those who say they are not impulsive.
Do your research
Websites like Skyscanner will tell you which month, day and even time gives you the cheapest flights. Generally, weekend flights will be the most expensive, so consider taking an extra day off work so that you can fly for less on a Friday or Monday.
You could also take the night flight or travel early in the morning if you can plan a relaxed day to recuperate when you arrive.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly during summer 2017.
Stay in the UK
The UK is home to some amazing landmarks, destinations and cuisines, but many are often overlooked in favour of warmer spots overseas. To save on travel costs, head down to the south coast where areas like Devon, Kent and Cornwall can hit temperatures of up to 28C in summer. You can still get your foodie fix, too, with a number of food festivals and Michelin-starred restaurants scattered throughout the UK.
Travel in a group
You might not want to spend all of your holiday time as a group, but travelling and staying as one can secure some of the cheapest rates. Nightly room rates per person can plummet if you’re sharing one large house, rather than all booking a hotel room. Similarly, hiring a car or minibus to share while you are there can save on taxi and hire car costs, and you can all take one turn at being the designated driver after a few drinks at the pub.
Mix up your travel plans
If you’re taking a flight or ferry, check the prices from different airports or ports. It might take a little more time and planning, but it could work out cheaper to drive or catch a train to one that’s further afield, so that you can take advantage of a cheaper fare.
Travel in low season
If you can, book your holiday outside of peak times. Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Valentine’s Day and school holidays all cause an increase in demand and push up prices. The Government’s Schools and Education website will show you half term and school holiday dates in the UK.
They say if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so don’t be afraid to haggle or make an offer.
Most street vendors, independent shops, taxi drivers and even hotel owners will consider an offer if it means they make a sale.
Eat like a local
We can become very reliant on restaurants when we’re on holiday, meaning there’s a high chance of paying ‘tourist prices’ for at least one run-of-the-mill meal.
Reduce the risk to your finances by finding accommodation with cooking facilities. This way, you can broaden your options and spend your planning time finding great local markets and delis to source ingredients, rather than scouring the internet for well-rated restaurants.
Source : EXPRESS