There is no doubt about it, holidays cost a lot of money! And while they offer the opportunity to relax and have a good time, are they worth the cost and they strain they put on your finances?
Fear not, holidays do not have to be an expensive affair if you cannot afford it, instead you can visit another part of the world comfortably without having to worry about your budget.
We have put together a short list that you can follow in order to keep the costs of your upcoming holiday down while travelling:
Choose an Off-Peak Season
Off peak season may not be the best time of year to visit the city of your dreams, but it is the first way that you can save a lot of money while travelling.
Although the off peak seasons have much left to be desired, travelling during those times not only means you will save money on flights and accommodation – which are the two largest expenses – but the city you are visiting will be less busy, which is the perfect time to see all of those attractions you want to tick off of your bucket list without having to stand in long queues.
Both airlines and hotels run specials and have discounted rates during off peak seasons with the aim of drawing in travellers during their quite time of year, which is only a bonus for those who would like to save some money and go on the holiday of their dreams.
Weighing up great weather or saving money and going in winter might sound like a hard decision to make, but it shouldn’t be when you know how much money you can truly save by giving up your beach holiday for a year.
Book a Resort Based Holiday
This option is for families or travellers who would prefer to stick to a nicer time of year and save a few pennies.
Resort based holidays offer their guests everything they will need throughout the duration of their stay all in one place. This means that there is no need to leave the resort, cutting back on taxi costs and entrance into other attractions.
Atlantis, The Palm, for example, offers their guests luxury suites in Dubai, a number of restaurants where they can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a wide selection of attractions – including an aquarium and water park – that visitors have unlimited access to throughout their stay for no extra cost.
Pay Attention to Flight Costs
Flights are one of the most expensive costs to worry about while planning your holiday, especially if you have a family as there will be more seats to pay for.
When looking at flights, the first thing you should do is visit a comparison website where you can get an overview of all the different airlines and the prices they charge for your specific dates. This will give you a rough idea of what you should expect to pay and ensures you get the best deal possible.
Another way to search for flights is to search for a return trip and see how much it costs, and then separate the flight to your destination and the flight home to see if it will work out cheaper. You might end up flying with one airline there and a different airline back, but for a better price.
Travelling should be a happy and memorable experience, not one that you are worrying about money over. To take some of the weight off of your shoulders, try to use one of our tips in this guide while booking your next holiday.