So, you’re off on your travels? You should be excited and full of anticipation, but you can be forgiven for feeling apprehensive for how much your trip is going to set you back. That said, there are numerous ways you’re able to save money before you even leave for the airport!
Make the most of freebies
And this doesn’t just include those toiletry miniatures gifted to you by your hotel! Of course, if you are off travelling, there’s likely to be a ton of activities you want to try and a heap of things you want to tick off your bucket list – doing this really doesn’t have to be that expensive. If you do your research, you’re more than likely to find a lot of free activities in the area. As well as Google, look around for leaflets in the hotel lobby and ask to see a community calendar so you can see what’s happening while you’re there. Moreover, a lot of museums offer free admission or at least ask that you consider a donation of a voluntary amount.
Use loyalty cards
Many airlines and hotel chains will offer loyalty points or miles. This is essentially a reward system that will gift you points for staying there – they’re great to use for free overnight stays. And with miles, if you’re flying long distances you should be able to rack up enough points to bag yourself a free flight of a certain distance, or at least an upgrade to business class. And to make the transition from your flight to hotel and vice versa as seamless as possible, a cheap and fast way to get to your airport is through airport transfers.
Admittedly, eating is a big part of travelling as trying new cuisines is part of sampling new cultures. However, don’t let this be an excuse to overindulge – eat at least one meal in your hotel room. Head to a nearby supermarket or farmer’s market and pick up something that is ready to eat or something that doesn’t need to be cooked. Not only is it a good way to save money, but after a long day of sightseeing, it means you’re able to kick back and snack on the delicious goodies you’ve scored. In addition to this, book hotel rooms that include breakfast in the price – this will save you £10-15 per day in some places!
Don’t obsess over luxury
We all love a little luxury but this is something you need to sacrifice while travelling. The best room isn’t necessary; consider just how much time you’re going to be spending in there and it’s more than likely the case that you’re just sleeping and showering there. Forego that extra space, nice view and hotel gym and you can save yourself a serious buck. This money could be reinvested on experiences or activities, or saved and put towards your next trip – and once that travel bug bites you, you’ll always be on the move.