25 Money Saving Tips For The Holidays

Everybody the world over is feeling the pinch, making it more important than ever to find ways to save money. Holidays really can be expensive, so here are 25 tried and tested money saving tips to ensure you have a great break without emptying your wallet.traveling

1. Book your holiday early: If you’re splashing out on a major airline then you really must book as early as possible to secure cheaper flights.

2. Book your holiday last minute: If you’re flexible about where and when you go there are great deals to be found booking a last minute flight or holiday package.

3. Search for special offers: Keep an eye out for promotions and special offers online and in the press.

4. Grab a package deal: Package holidays are a great way to save money and cover a wide range of destinations

5. Holiday in cheaper locations: Check the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer to discover which locations offer the most for your money.

6. Negotiate, negotiate: Don’t be afraid to haggle with travel agents to bag yourself a bargain holiday.

7. On a study break: Students under 26 years of age should make sure they possess an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and an International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) to benefit from substantial savings.

8. Take what’s necessary: Avoid taking superfluous items to stay clear of excess baggage fees.

9. Shop online: Without doubt, some of the finest holiday deals are found on the internet, so get searching!

10. Avoid public holidays: Check that your holiday doesn’t fall on a public holiday in the country you are visiting as this will significantly increase your holiday costs.

11. Source your hotel away from the tourist spots: Accommodation is far cheaper a few miles outside the tourist centres. Book a cheaper room and use public transport to travel into the town.

12. Budget yourself: Set a daily spending limit and stick to it.

13. Seek local knowledge: Ask the locals where they eat and drink. Often these places will be far cheaper than the tourist oriented establishments.

14. Find the best exchange rates: Look online and compare their rates with those on the high street. It pays to conduct a little research.

15. Phoning home: Give the mobile a rest, you’re on holiday! Expensive mobile call rates can be an unwelcome surprise. Use email cafes instead to deliver a message cheaply.

16. Save on your sun tan lotion: Buying your holiday essentials at the airport duty free is a sensible way to save money.

17. Hire a car to and from the airport: Hiring a car and driver to cover your airport transfers saves on fuel and parking costs.

18. Fly unsociably: If you travel during unsociable off peak hours you can often make a significant saving.

19. Be alert to the budget con: Unfortunately, many budget airlines advertise their flights at ludicrously cheap prices, only to slap you with extra charges later. Wise up and find out exactly what it is you’re paying for.

20. Alternative travel options: People are far too eager to leap on a plane. Check out alternative transport like buses and trains to Europe and see some scenery while you make a saving.

21. Use that credit card: Find out whether using your credit card entitles you to air miles or other kinds of promotional benefits.

22. House swapping: Look online for people from other countries looking to house swap with UK residents. It’s a great way to see a different country for little money.

23. Use a hostel: If you’re not looking for luxury then using any of the thousands of hostels across the world is a great way to holiday cheaply.

24. Group book with friends: Sharing costs with family and friends on hiring a holiday house or villa can save you all a fortune.

25. Holiday with friends: Do you have friends living abroad? Then why not arrange a stay with them to catch up and extend an invitation to them at the same time?


(To save even more money on your holidays, compare car hire online with Vroomvroomvroom.co.uk.)

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

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  1. Great tips, I just came back from vacation so your picture really hit home…

  2. We try to use our feet as much as we can. We just allow a bit extra time to get from point A to point B. Not only do we save money but we also stay in shape on our trip. We have also come to love hostels. You can get some amazing deals on accommodation and the service is always awesome.

    • Jon the Saver says:

      I’ve always wondered about hostels. They sound so shady, but I’ve heard good things about them! Good idea about walking as much as you can, way to stay in shape on the trip.

      • Hostels are great when you travel abroad. It’s much cheaper than a hotel if you don’t mind sharing a big room. I never had any problem with hostels.

        • Jon the Saver says:

          I’ll have to test them out on my next trip to Europe then. I want to hit Portugal and Sweden in the next year. I don’t know if my soon to be wife would like the idea of a hostel though. She is a frugallette but that might be pushing my luck haha.

  3. I’m camping for my vacation this summer so it will be real low key. However, I’ll have to make some early plans for the upcoming Christmas holidays. I’m not quite sure what I’m doing yet. Nothing like waiting ’til the last minute to figure it out!

    • Jon the Saver says:

      That should be fun! I haven’t been camping in years. Man if I did that I’d go crazy. I plan things so far in advance, maybe I’m a little crazy in the head lol.

  4. Those are very good tips Jon and good point on credit cards. While I was surfing at the airport since my flight was delayed, I found that my Discover actually reimburses charges if delayed by more than 6 hours. Unfortunately, I didn’t book the flight with that card, still it was good to know!

    • Jon the Saver says:

      Wow, i learned something new! That’s cool about your card. I just scored a free flight myself with the chase sapphire, so nice when your GF lives 1800 miles away.

  5. We found Car Hire UK car rental provider cheaper than vroom and there a direct rental company not just a booking agent taking there commission, so on budget we would recommend talking as you can neg, a good deal http://www.car-hire-uk.com but take the extra insurance or excess cover as there hot on damage with there new vehicles, plus they do young drivers 18!

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