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How to Save Money on Your Holiday
Saving on your holiday is a goal that many people have but it's often easier said than done. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy your time away. These are a few simple ways to save money on your holiday. If you’re taking loans to fund your holiday spending money make sure to compare all your options from a reputable comparison site before just accepting a quote.
Pick Smart Travel Times
If you're planning your own travel, then you can use sites like skyscanner which will show you fares around your chosen dates of travel. If you have any flexibility in your travel plans you can often save money on flights. Consider traveling in off-times of the year, if possible, to take advantage of even more savings along the way. For example, if you're traveling during the summer school holidays, choosing the last possible dates will be less expensive in general.
Avoid Unnecessary Frills
Some luxuries of traveling such as priority boarding may seem like a great idea but these small costs can all add up. You may want to consider if these extras are really worth their cost. If you check into a flight with reasonable time, you're still going to be able to sit with your travel partners in most cases. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy any small luxuries but consider which ones add to your trip and which ones aren't worth the cost.
Arrange Your Own Excursions
Although some tours come at a great bargain, an organised run coach tour from Central Paris to the palace of Versailles is going to run about £50. In contrast, you can book your admission online and take the RER train to save half the cost. When you're planning trips and activities, price out if it's actually a bargain to book a tour or if you're better off doing it on your own. In many cases, you can use audio tours or tour guide books to get much of the same information as a guided tour.
Purchase Site Seeing Passes
If you're traveling to any large city, chances are that there will be a city sightseeing pass available. These can include admission to museums, sites, and often include unlimited travel on public transportation. For example, the €17 Vienna Card is a great bargain and will provide 72 hours of unlimited public transportation and discounts or other offers at hundreds of sites around the city. Keep in mind that not all of these passes are a great value but they may be worth your while if you enjoy the attractions listed.
Take Advantage of Age
If you're over the age of 65, under the age of 26, or a student at any age, then you may benefit more from taking advantage of your age or student status. Students should make sure that they carry their student ID in order to get lower charges or sometimes even free entry at many attractions.
In order to take advantage of these tips, you're often going to get better deals by planning ahead. When trying to save money on a holiday, start planning early and be willing to shop around to get the best deals.
This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.