When you’re away on holiday, the last thing you want to be doing is watching the pennies and constantly budgeting yourself into a frenzy. You’ve worked hard to save up for your time away, and you should be able to enjoy it without worrying, right?
Well, yes, but unless you’re lucky enough to find a money tree, and if you do, please share the location, then you are going to have to be a little careful to a degree. Despite that, there are ways to cuts costs, both before you go away and whilst you’re there, which means you’re free to enjoy all the fun of your break, without counting the pennies every hour.
We’ll cover pre-going away first, because it basically makes more sense time-wise! You will no doubt be aware that there are extras you need to add onto your travel plans, such as thinking about how you’re going to get to the airport. You can’t go away without this step, so give it some thought early on. Personally, I always drive myself to the airport and book my parking spot through Airparks. I’ve always been given a fantastic price, and I find the whole experience stress-free, compared to public transport. If you like the sound of this, then you will find facilities at most large UK airports, with parking at Stansted Airport also offered too. Nobody misses out!
If you can cut a few costs on the initial booking of your holiday and the add ons, then you will have more to spend whilst you’re there. Of course, the cost doesn’t stop when you’ve booked because unless you’ve gone all inclusive, you’re going to have to pay for food and drink, and regardless of your board basis, you’re going to spend money on activities and excursions.
All inclusive is a good idea if you’re holidaying with children, because the endless requests for soft drinks are easily met without having to pay out. Having said that, if you’re going for eating out, it’s a good idea to head to where the locals go, because this is where you will get to eat authentically and it is also where you’ll find lower costs, away from the tourist streets. Drinks-wise, why not have a few drinks in the apartment or hotel room before a big night out? Not only will you spend less when you’re out, but you’ll know exactly what’s going into your drink.
As for excursions, it’s a good idea to haggle! This might sound odd, but if you head to a street vendor you might be able to bargain the cost of your trips, especially if there is a group of you, or if you book more than one with the same vendor. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
It’s really about being sensible with what you spend your money on, but don’t let that stop from treating yourself every now and then, after all, you’re on holiday.