If you are planning a holiday, then you will be thinking about the cost of it. Obviously, we always have to think about the cost as we will only be able to afford certain things. Some people will be comparing the costs of world cruises while others are looking at local camp sites. You will have in mind the sort of thing that you know you will be able to afford but you will still be making comparisons to see which is best. It is good to consider ways that you might be able to reduce the cost though. This might help you to be able to book something a bit more expensive or just spend less money overall.
It is so important to make sure that you compare the costs between different travel providers. Make sure that you look at the differences between a package deal and paying for things separately, if this is relevant. Also think about everything that you will be paying for – travel, accommodation, entertainment, food &drink and make sure that you get the very best value for them. You may want to pay a bit extra to get something that is a bit better, but make sure that this is a concious decision.
Consider Food and Drink Costs
When we go on holiday, we can find that the cost of food and drink will really add up. If we go out to eat and drink, whether we use a bar, café or restaurant then the costs of this will increase significantly compared with catering for ourselves. Of course, if we are staying somewhere with cooking facilities then this will be easy but if we are staying in a hotel then we will not be able to prepare things but buying take away food could be cheaper than restaurants. It is also worth considering taking food and drink with you such as snacks, instant coffee and tea bags and things like this so that you will not have to pay out extra money by buying them. It could also be worth setting a budget so that you are sure that you will not spend more money than you can afford.
Try to Avoid Buying Extras
When we are about to go on holiday we can use it as an excuse to buy extra things. We may fancy buying some new luggage, new clothes and things like this. However, it is very likely that we have enough items already and will not need new ones. This means that we will be able to save money by not buying these items.
Take Your Own Entertainment
It can be expensive to pay for entertainment on holiday. Going to see shows, watching films, going out to bars and clubs, museums, art galleries, theme parks etc is all expensive. So, it can be worth thinking about whether you can do things cheaper. You may be able to take games with you, watch film on your devices, take books to read and things like this. These experiences can be just as pleasurable but cheaper.
A way to save money on the trip itself is to book off season. By travelling outside of peak time it means that you will be able to pay a bit less for the accommodation, possibly the transport as well and even the entertainment might be cheaper. Of course, if you have children you will not be able to do this and you will miss the better weather but you may not mind this anyway and if you time it right you may even have better weather anyway. Weather is always a bit of an unknown and you never quite know what it might be like.