Top tips for holiday savings
Holidays are a chance to relax, unwind and really indulge but, depending on where and when you travel, they can be expensive. So, how do you save money on holiday essentials in 2015? Here is some advice to help you enjoy your getaway for less and on a budget.
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There are lots of different elements to the perfect holiday: flights, hotel, currency and clothing to name just a few. While these essentials tend not to cost too much on their own, when they’re added together they can cause a significant dent in your holiday budget. To make the biggest saving on your holidays, the answer is to be organised and book everything early.
At Falcon we offer low deposits (where available) on holidays booked more than 8 weeks in advance, which means you can book your dream holiday from just £75 per person. Booking far in advance gives you the chance to pay your full holiday balance bit by bit, with the final payment not being required until 12 weeks before departure.
While it’s well known that the cost of flights and accommodation can drop significantly if you book early enough, other factors, such as car hire and currency should also never be left until the last minute. Arrange your car hire when you book your holiday and you will save a noticeable amount of money compared to holidaymakers that book car hire once arriving at their destination.
Similarly, buying holiday currency at the airport – while seemingly more convenient –will cost more compared to buying your currency in advance. Travel money kiosks in airports are notoriously more expensive than other companies and you won’t always get the best deal, so buy before you fly and don’t leave it to chance.
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Check your phone
Mobile phones have become invaluable when travelling, and thanks to advancements in technology, travel apps, language apps and sat nav apps, such as Navfree – which can be used in over 50 countries – give travellers the ultimate peace of mind when they’re exploring their destination.
There are thousands of apps available to travellers and many of them are free to download and use, so, once you know where you’re going, start looking at the kind of apps you will need and perhaps you could even learn some of the local lingo and customs too!
We all know that using your mobile phone abroad can be very expensive; but it’s not just texts and calls that add up, data usage is also very pricey. So, if you don’t want a nasty shock on your mobile phone bill, remember to turn off 3G and data roaming before you fly. Most hotels and resorts offer free WiFi meaning you should be able to access the internet for free.
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Sort out the essentials
If you’re travelling within the EU, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is free and entitles you to state-provided healthcare, for a reduced price, or sometimes, even free in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, should you need it. Accessing medical care abroad can be costly, so don’t forget to apply for this card.
Additionally, think about other essentials you’ll need, such as travel insurance, a travel pillow, food and drink before the flight and organise them before you fly, as buying last minute items in the airport is more expensive.
You can save so much money on your holiday this year, so start looking at what you can do to cut your costs today, your bank balance will thank you.