Travel is not expensive as people think BUT expenses can soon add up so it’s smart to keep your ear to ground and save money where you can. In the internet age research is key, forgot old-school practice like travel agents, with a laptop and an internet connection you’re your own travel agent! Skim through these 5 tips and grab yourself a bargain:
1) Be prepared to go at short notice
It’s not something that people think about but supply and demand effect prices massively! The travel industry can be very susceptible to different factors. For example, strikes in certain countries and even sporting events elsewhere in the world can cause hotels and airlines to start slashing their prices to encourage customers to use their services. If you’re prepared to move quickly and go and short notice you can really take advantage of this and get yourself an amazing last minute deal. Libya anyone?!
2) Keep monitoring prices
It’s a bit of a no-brainer that prices will shoot up during the school holidays, but you should always be aware of times when they have the potential to fluctuate. If you keep abreast of this by monitoring prices online you’ll know just when to swoop and grab the best deal. And anything over school holidays or xmas, don’t waste your time guys – that’s always gonna be pricey!
3) Go all-inclusive
Bit of a surprise here but if you haven’t already, you should really consider holidaying in an all-inclusive holiday resort. Especially if you’re just looking to nip off for a week or two, this can be cheap as chips. With so many cheap all-inclusive holidays on offer around the world there is huge scope to stay in some stunning locations at discount prices.
4) Don’t be fussy
If you set your heart on just one destination for your holiday there’s less chance that you’ll get a last minute holiday deal. But if you aren’t fussy about the exact destination, just knowing what you want from your trip should open a few doors for you. So you want culture, or sports, or sun – don’t worry about specifics and you’ll be able to drop everything at the last minute and head off to wherever the cheapest deal can be found. You never know if you really look hard and at all the possibilities, you could find yourself somewhere you’d never expect to be able to afford to go to.
5) Fly from less popular airports
This is golden! The most popular airports to fly from in the UK are Gatwick and Heathrow meaning that any flights leaving from these two will often cost you more. So we’ve covered being flexible on where you go, but you should also be flexible on where you travel from. Check out the airports outside capital cities and try to fly there instead, you can save yourself a fortune!
Ok guys, just five quick and easy tips to save a few pennies next time you’re thinking about jetting off somewhere awesome. Happy travels!