How To Have An Amazing Vacation On A Shoestring
The summer holidays are just around the corner, and you can’t help dreaming about flying away to a tropical island vacation where you can relax, tan, and sip on ice cold cocktails. Unfortunately, no amount of saving can buy you a holiday on a paradise island, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your holiday at home. With a few money-saving hacks, you can stretch your money further and afford the next best thing to your dream holiday; any holiday at all.
Vacation prices skyrocket between June and August, and also around the spring and winter holidays because this is when most people are going abroad with their families. Traveling to popular destinations off-season can, therefore, generate massive savings. If you can avoid it, don’t head to Australia for Christmas or to Spain just as school summer holidays begin. Much of Europe still has beautiful weather come September, but with kids back at school, flights will be cheaper and your destination a lot less crowded.
Prices can also fluctuate considerably depending on the month, day and even time of travel. Avoiding weekends can significantly reduce the price of your flight, so try to leave in the middle of the week instead of Friday if you can. Web sites such as Skyscanner can help you compare flight prices across a whole month meaning you’ll be able to see the cheapest days to fly, and the cheapest destinations, saving you a potential packet.
Does it really matter if your hotel has a five-star rating if you’re not going to spend much time there? As long as it has a bed, shower, and nearby amenities, you don’t need to blow your budget on a hotel with a spa and four-star restaurant attached.
If you live in a reasonably desirable area and are prepared to let others borrow your house, a home swap with like-minded holidaymakers abroad will guarantee huge savings. Find a reputable agency to help you, or look on Airbnb to see if anything grabs your fancy.
Airbnb is usually the best option for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the culture of their destination. Few other websites will let you stay in prime real estate in places like Hawaii at a bargain. All these options give you more flexibility and freedom than a hotel; no checkout times, no set breakfast hours, and no fighting for a pool seat.
Some package deals include the cost of flights, hotels, car rentals, and even food and drink if you go all-inclusive. However, package vacations are less flexible than booking everything separately. If you don’t want to waste your money, you’ll have to go on tours, eat in your accommodation, and you’re usually restricted to a popular destination. While this is not a bad thing, it does limit your options, especially if you prefer to go to a less-visited city. Do your research, and decide if a package or DIY holiday is best for you.
Going on a vacation is so affordable if you follow this advice!