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Saturday, July 22, 2017

4 Tips to Help Reduce Holiday Costs and Get out More Often

Who doesn’t love a holiday? Whether it’s a relaxing couple of days at the beach or an explorative journey visiting some of the world’s beautiful and iconic locations, there’s always something to enjoy. However, the cost of a holiday can be daunting. We need to worry about travel costs, getting a visa (if we plan to visit a more exotic country), hotel bookings and of course, spending money. With all these things added together, it can quickly turn into an expensive couple of days out and you’ll be kicking yourself when you come back.

So in order to help you save money, we’ve put together a list of four travel tips that will help you cut down on holiday costs so you can afford to get out more. Hopefully, after reading this list, you’ll be motivated to take your family out more often and treat them to special experiences more often.

1. Book accommodation separately

One of the most expensive parts of a holiday is the accommodation part. However, you can make huge savings by simply looking at other forms of accommodation at your destination instead of booking it along with your holiday. For instance, Prime Rate Inn is a cheaper inn option that still has plenty of luxury amenities and comfortable beds, but doesn’t carry the same premium rate as a typical hotel. Hostels are also another option if you find a suitable location for your family. They’re a lot cheaper, you get to meet people that are also staying there and you’ll save a lot of money by skipping the luxuries.

2. Learn to avoid tourist traps

Walk the road less travelled and you’ll find that there are plenty of sights and sounds to experience that aren’t crowded with people. Avoiding tourist traps is one of the biggest tips you can follow if you want to get cheaper holidays. Ignore the hawkers, don’t go anywhere if there are crowds, and look at travel blogs and YouTube videos to find offbeat locations to explore instead of the touristy areas. However, there are times when it’s unavoidable to visit a tourist attraction because it’s the main reason you decided to visit a country.

3. Pack lightly

The less you pack, the less you pay for baggage handling and the more you learn to get by with what you have. It’s a simple tip, but it takes a lot of effort to cut down your luggage into a small and concise package. Avoid bringing anything that isn’t necessary, pack only enough clothes that you’ll need and consider only packing the essentials so you don’t have to lug around a heavy suitcase everywhere.

4. Give yourself time

Time is an enemy of us all. If you rush your holiday or try to speed up the booking, then you’re asking for trouble. Give yourself time to book and plan your holiday so you’re less likely to make quick decisions just to ensure you have a place to stay or tickets for the right day. Plan several months in advance if possible because it will greatly reduce the costs of your tickets, and give yourself enough time to enjoy the sights and sounds of each country you visit without paying ludicrous amounts of speedy transport like taxis.