Summer Holidays – Book Now and Save Money!

- by Isla Williams

Have you thought about planning your summer holidays? Booking in advance is a great way to save you money! This article is a must-read for anyone who’s planning their summer getaway.

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In this article, we will look at ways to save on your summer holidays 2018. Read about:
  • Choosing a holiday destination
  • Cheap travel – within the UK; flights
  • Reducing the expense of holiday accommodation
  • Eating out on holiday
  • Bringing down the costs of sight-seeing
  • The night-life when away
  • Travel insurance
  • Buying gifts & souvenir-hunting
  • Conclusion – Summer Holidays 2018 budgeting advice

Choosing a Holiday Destination

Foreign holidays aren’t necessarily more expensive than holidays spent in the UK. Nowadays there are plenty of all-inclusive deals for which you pay the flights, accommodation and meals up-front. Signing up with travel companies means you’ll be notified automatically of any upcoming special offers to specific destinations. Having these essentials paid beforehand makes it much easier for you to budget your holiday spending without requiring any online loans.

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Cheap Travel to your Holiday Resort

Reducing the Expense of Holiday Accommodation

After flights, accommodation will make up the bulk of your holiday expenditure. If you prefer to book your travel costs and accommodation separately, use a price comparison site to get an idea of price ranges. Look out for special deals, or you might decide to book the hotel directly for a better rate.

Don’t limit your options to hotels. Alternatives like guest-houses and self-catering apartments will help bring the price of accommodation down. When offered half- or full-board, work out how much this will mean to you regarding savings. For example, if you like a lie-in on holiday, will your free breakfast go to waste?

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Save Money on Eating out on Holiday

Paying for your meals upfront with your accommodation can reduce how much spending money you need. If you decide against this option, avoid eating meals at the hotel restaurant. Instead, look for smaller, family-run eateries which are located away from the sea and/or the main tourist attractions. Choosing a set menu or the dish of the day is much cheaper than ordering an assortment of dishes. Ideally, you should set aside money to eat one meal per day in restaurants. For the others, a visit to bakeries, outdoor markets or supermarkets will give you a wide variety of locally-grown foodstuffs for both breakfast and lunch.

Bringing Down the Costs of Sight-seeing

How many of the local attractions you see on holiday depends on your personal interests. Booking through the hotel or travel company may be convenient, but it’s the most expensive way to see the sights. If you’re a keen sight-seer, organise your itinerary by location and use the local public transport network, or hire a car for the day. Alternate your visits to fee-paying attractions with trips to free ones such as local beauty spots, public parks/gardens and churches.

Watch this video to learn how to travel the world on a budget in your summer holidays.

The Night-Life when Away

Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of your absence from work to experience the night-life. Contact the local tourist office to see what special offers are on offer in the resort. Going along to ‘Happy Hours’ and other promotions (such as on certain drinks) can halve the spending money you need for your evening entertainment.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential to protect you, your family and your possessions. Buying from your travel agent or tour operator is the most expensive form of cover. Contact your own insurers or search online for cheaper travel insurance but always check their terms and conditions carefully.

Buying Gifts & Souvenir-hunting

When on the look-out for cheap souvenirs or gifts for loved ones, shop around before you buy anything to get an idea of prices. Avoid shops which are located in or near major tourist attractions and check out the open-air market. Try to find locally-produced goods which are often cheaper.

Conclusion – Summer Holidays 2018 Budgeting Advice

Booking some elements of your holiday beforehand means that you can spread some of the costs over the year. If you’re interested in last-minute deals, put by a set amount every month so you have an idea of the holiday you can afford.

Everyone wants to let their hair down on holiday, but this isn’t an excuse to spend lavishly. The best way to avoid overspending on holiday is to draw up a clear – but realistic – budget for each category of your expenditure. In this way, you reduce the risk of running out of money while on holiday and having to take out expensive pay day loans. You shouldn’t spend so much that you spend the next 6 months trying to pay off the debts.

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About The Author
Isla Williams
Caribbean born Isla Williams is excited to join the Western Circle Educational channel team. A born writer, Isla had her first article published at age 9 in a local magazine. Isla's joy emerges when pen strikes paper, and she can tap into her creative self. "I love to share knowledge/information and help others to be in the know while being as friendly as I can.” Isla is an accountant by profession but has taken a break to do what she enjoys most. Mother nature is her best friend, especially when the Sun is shining. A keen surfer in her youth, Isla looks forward to those rare trips home where she joins her family and hits the waves.
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