Everyone needs an opportunity to get away from it all, but with the recession biting, many families are being forced to think twice about taking an expensive annual holiday. However, if you wish to enjoy a relaxing holiday without breaking the bank, here are some simple tips to help you cut down on the cost of going away.
1. Time your bookings carefully
Many flights and rail tickets are significantly cheaper if you book a few months in advance. On the other hand, hotels occasionally offer cheaper rooms closer to the date of arrival to avoid empty rooms. Keep an eye on the booking sites to get a feel for how the prices flow and make sure you use a hotel comparison website such as Hoteley.com for extra savings – you’ll soon learn when the optimum booking times are.
2. Take to the road
Instead of relying on expensive flights, why not set off on an old-fashioned road trip? It’s great for exploring out-of-the-way locations and you have the opportunity to take the journey at your own pace. There are beautiful sightseeing spots all over the UK and if you’re feeling adventurous you could even drive across Europe. If this is your plan, be sure to obtain European motor insurance to cover you.
3. Protect yourself from unexpected costs
It can be all too tempting to try and save money by neglecting to get proper insurance before travelling – but if anything goes wrong the expense can be far higher than the cost of your premium. Instead, shop around for the best value insurance you can get for your money to ensure that you’re covered no matter what happens. Over 50s insurance provider RIAS, for example, offers optional golf and winter sports cover with their travel insurance (for an additional premium).
4. Create a daily holiday budget
It’s easy to find yourself overspending while abroad, meaning a week or two of relaxation amounts to months of stress as you try to get your finances back on track. Try to avoid this by setting a strict daily spending budget and sticking to it. It doesn’t have to mean compromising on fun; it just creates an opportunity to think a little more carefully about what you’re spending your hard-earned money on. Many of the greatest pleasures to be found on a trip abroad – such as sight-seeing and dining out – can be achieved for far less if you wander off the beaten track.