Going on holiday this year but want to keep an eye on your cash? Never fear, payday loans provider Wizzcash is here. Enjoy your beach break or city trip without breaking the bank with these 10 tips for saving money on holiday.
Get a roaming deal
When on holiday, you’ll probably want to use your mobile phone to stay in touch with friends and family and post the odd pic up on Facebook. But don’t forget about roaming charges – fees mobile operators charge you to make calls, send texts and use data outside of the UK. While roaming charges in the EU have been capped and will be abolished completely in 2017, you could face hefty charges, particularly if you holiday outside the EU. We also don’t yet know what the implications for mobile phone charges will be following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Some people have come back from their holiday caught out by their huge phone bill and being in need of some help with a small short term loan to help them to pay off that bill.
Check your contract to confirm what it covers and see if your operator has a roaming package – this usually allows you to use your minutes, texts and data for a certain cost per day. It could save you a pretty penny.
Check travel times carefully
If you’re travelling independently, it’s a good idea to look at all flight/ferry/train times available to you – both on and around the days you want to set off and come back. There can be big differences in costs depending on the time of day you travel, so make sure you consider all the options.
Why ever not? In most countries, haggling isn’t frowned upon and in some places it’s positively encouraged. Haggle away, especially at markets and street vendors – you might make some decent savings.
Don’t tip too much
You might, unconsciously or otherwise, end up tipping more than you need to on holiday. In some countries, a tip is included as part of the bill as gratuity, so technically you don’t need to add anything extra. Find out what the tipping culture is like in the country you’re headed – it could help you stretch your budget even further.
Would Airbnb be better?
The rise of accommodation marketplaces like Airbnb has increased the number of options for places to stay, as well as arguably offering a cheaper option than hotels. What’s more, it’s a more enriching experience as you’ll probably get to see a side to a city you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Try and avoid booking fees
Some airlines levy a booking fee if you pay on credit card. You might find you won’t have to pay them if you use a debit card.
Borrow guides and maps
Do you really need to buy an expensive travel guide and city map? If you have a well-stocked local library, you’ll probably be able to borrow from there – otherwise ask family and friends, go on eBay, or pop to your local charity shop.
Take your own food
Buying food and drink on trains, planes and ferries can be expensive, so save a few bob by taking your own.
Buy cheaper suntan lotion
Top-of-the-range sun-tan lotion can be very expensive – but with high-street supermarkets now offering their own ranges, why not save some cash by buying from them instead.
Use public transport
Most major cities have efficient, regular and relatively inexpensive public transport systems, so consider hopping on the bus or subway instead of shelling out for a hire car. Generally speaking, public transport should work out cheaper than hiring a vehicle, especially if you take advantage of cheaper weekend or week-long passes. Not to mention an interesting, truly local experience to boot.
Do you have any tips for saving money on your jollies? Share them with us.
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