Everybody needs and deserves a holiday at least once a year. However, in these difficult financial times, which only appear to be getting worse, we are all trying to cut down our costs and limit our expenditure in order to stay within our budgets. This often means that some of us are missing out on our annual holidays which are so important for both our health and well being.
This does not have to be the case though, and there are a number of ways to reduce the cost of the annual holiday and we look at a few of these here.
1. Try using a holiday comparison website. This is perhaps the most obvious and effective method of reducing your costs, especially if you are prepared to be flexible about your destination and travel dates. Even if you aren’t though, there are some great bargains to be had. Just set aside an hour or so and make a cup of tea, and, with a little patience you will soon be able find an excellent holiday for you and your family.
2. Share a holiday. Have you considered hiring a villa instead of booking into a hotel? These villas can often accommodate 8 or more people which is large for an average family, but if you can arrange to share it with friends or relatives this can significantly cut down the cost of your holiday.
3. Be a local. Many people get taken for a ride when they travel abroad, preferring the safety of staying with other tourists rather than venturing alone. This may be advisable in more ‘risky’ countries, but for most usual holiday destinations it is safe and easy to make your own arrangements. For example, a holiday company trip from your accommodation to a major city will probably cost you four or five times more than if you caught the local bus or train. Not only that, but you will get to experience some local culture too.
4. Self catering. Eating out is great when you are on holiday, and even essential in those countries renowned for their excellent food. However, provided that you have the facilities in your accommodation, why not visit the local markets and buy the often cheap produce on sale and make your own evening meal instead? Even if you only do this a few times whilst on holiday, the savings can be quite significant.
A combination of these simple, but effective, tips will help you to make significant savings whilst also allowing you to have a great time. They may also help you to get a better idea of the local culture and experience real life in the holiday country of your choice.