Saving a few pounds here and there on travel costs really adds up. Here are 7 approaches to cheaper travel that you can adopt when planning your next holiday.
Book advanced off season flights
The cost of flights change dramatically depending on when you chose to fly. According to Travel + Leisure, securing flights almost 6 months ahead of your proposed departure, ‘off peak’, is sure to create some savings on your travel budget. Using handy booking apps that allow you to compare flight prices across different airlines is also helpful.
Pack essential medicines
Falling sick is unavoidable when on holiday, but having to spend unnecessarily on overpriced medicines bought at the airports or local convenience stores for minor ailments can be avoided. Pack essential medication (painkillers, allergy and flu medications) wherever possible.
Secure affordable accommodation
There are numerous options available today when it comes to securing affordable accommodation – from a growing portfolio of character-filled properties listed on AirBnb to various ‘home swap’ websites. For something a little more luxurious, consider booking one of the many Birmingham serviced apartments. no. 8 Waterloo Street apartments may just offer the guaranteed comfort you are looking for.
Get credit card savvy and learn to play the game
At all costs, avoid the airport when it comes to exchanging currency as their rates are often inflated for tourists. Apply for a credit card that has favourable foreign exchange fees, to avoid having to carry cash that you need to exchange at a local bureau de change.
Invest in slow travel
Holidays should find you relaxed and at ease. Resist the urge to see and do everything in a new city and instead choose to limit your excursions to fewer places. Get a deeper and more complete knowledge of the city, with fewer visits to local sights.
Commit to affordable communication
Talking to loved ones back home while on holiday can quickly become expensive. Using Facetime, Skype and Whatsapp, all easily accessed through WiFi, will reduce the cost of your communication.
Opt for free activities
Community calendars in a city often list free activities taking place in your destination – from musical performances in local parks to discounted entry to museums and galleries on weekends and bank holidays.