Published on July 17th, 2015 | by Pete0
5 Top Holiday Money Saving Tips
So, it’s that time of year when those of us who can afford it (lucky devils) are starting to think about summer holidays in warmer climates. We here at MoneySuperstar are not lucky devils, so we will be spending the summer in the UK, crying into our cornflakes. We are not bitter folk, or driven by envy however, and as a result, we have decided to spoil you with some of our top holiday money saving tips.
1. Book Early
This is day one for saving money when travelling. I’m always amazed at how prices can fluctuate on a daily basis, for exactly the same service. Make your plan about where you want to go, commit to that destination, and then get it booked as soon as you can. This will leave you with the most amount of currency left in your pocket for bringing back all those delightful/tacky souvenirs for your nearest and dearest.
2. Have an argument…politely
If you’re dealing with tour operators or travel agents, do some research first, and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount, or for them to match other prices you’ve found. Most of the time, they will. Remember the MoneySuperstar mantra; “You can have some of my money, or none of my money” – that’s got me plenty of bargains in the past!
3. Get yourself an ISIC
If you are studying, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and the International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) for under-26s can give you thousands of discounts in the UK and around the world. An annual card is worth £9 from isiccard
4. Don’t get caught out by luggage fees on the way home
Many people jet home from a holiday with more than they took. Yet if you plan to shop, ensure you leave space in your luggage for the return journey when you pack. Forget to do this and you may be forced to pay extra charges to get it all home, or risk having to ditch your sombreros, prayer beads and straw donkeys at the airport.
5. Fly indirect
If money is more important than time, which let’s face it, it tends to be nowadays, then consider a flight with a stop-over. Sites such as Skyscanner allow you to search for indirect routes (as well as direct) which are often a far cheaper option.
So there we have, five top tips for saving money when going on holiday. I hope you have a lovely time wherever you go, and that you do not feel the need to complain upon your return. Just for fun, here is one of the funniest complaints I read on the Thomas Cook website: “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.” This is a genuine complaint! Frightening. If you have any money saving holiday tips, don’t be shy, let’s hear them…