Everyone loves going on holiday, but the one thing that many people don’t love is the amount of money that is spent during a holiday, or even for booking the holiday itself! So to make sure that you end up keeping more of your cash, here are some awesome ways to help you save money:
Get the best deals on flights and accommodation
Saving money on and during your holiday is important because it means that you do not have to save up so much money for the entire lot. When it comes to saving money, the first thing you need to look at is getting the best deals on your flights and accommodation.
There is a wide array of websites out there that offer you the ability to compare prices for such expenses. For example, websites like Kayak and Skyscanner are great for finding the best deals on flights to Madrid, while the Venere website lets you search for hotels near Barajas.
Sometimes it might be cheaper to book a package holiday through a travel agent, but in any event it is worth investigating the prices for both options before making your purchasing decision.
Arrange your transfers in advance
Many people tend to just phone up a taxi or drive to the airport in a last-minute dash to get their flights on time, but it pays to arrange your airport transfers well in advance. Why? Because you could save money by pre-booking your taxis, or on the cost of airport car parking and car hire.
It also ensures that you know exactly when you need to be ready for, so that you do not miss any flights and have to pay more money to get on other flights!
Use a credit card that doesn’t charge for foreign transactions
It can be tempting to use your existing credit card whilst you are on holiday, but the truth is you will often end up spending out more money than you should have done simply because of the sky-high interest and exchange rates your credit card provider charges for foreign transactions!
So to combat that problem, make sure that you use a credit card which doesn’t charge you extra – and remember to clear the balance of that card in full when you get back home, so that you don’t pay any interest either. The moneysavingexpert.com website can show you which cards you should be applying for.
Travelling to Europe? Don’t forget your EHIC card!
The European Health Insurance Card ensures that you get discounted or even free medical care in Europe should you become injured or ill whilst you are on holiday.
Although I would recommend getting travel insurance, you should still get the EHIC because if the country you are going to offers free medical care to the locals then you will get free medical care too (whereas you would have to pay an excess on your travel insurance if you tried to make a claim through it).
The EHIC is free to obtain as long as you get it through the NHS website; don’t get it from anyone else that charges you for this service, as it is normally a scam!