Living in London is so expensive and so we don’t have as much spare income as we would like. We both just want to travel the world and our bucket list of places to visit is getting longer and longer, however sometimes wonder if we can afford to go on so many holidays, but there are quite a few things we can do to make foreign travel a little bit more affordable.
We thought we would share a couple of tips with you so you too can start looking into some very cheap travel for the summer. Here is what you need to do:
Travel Out Of High Season- Every destination will have its high and low seasons. For instance, South East Asia’s peak tourist season is once the rainy season is over. Summer is the high season for the majority of European countries. During these popular times, the costs of flights and accommodation will greatly increase. So, in order to find the best bargains, it’s worth travelling during the low season. Not only will it be cheaper, but you will also beat the crowds!
We also advise you try to avoid travelling in the school holidays as this is when prices rocket too, make sure you research when the summer holidays begin or when October half term is and you’ll save yourself a lot of money.
Negotiate With Operators- When you are looking in a travel agent’s for their best deals, the prices that they show you won’t always be set in stone. Many people assume that they are, though, and simply pay the price that they are told. But, you might find that it pays off to try and negotiate some further discount. It’s also worth asking if the agent’s run any credit schemes or payment plans to make it easier to pay off their bill. This will probably only be open to those with good credit. If your credit rating needs some improvement, you can always find out how to build credit with a credit card before you go shopping for holidays. Repairing credit can take time, but it’s worth it!
Don’t Fly Direct- If you don’t mind changing flights, it’s worth looking for indirect flights to your destination. Direct flights are often the most expensive options as they are the most convenient and popular. Of course, flying indirectly will mean you are travelling for longer, but the lower price should make it worth it. You might even want to find a flight that has a long layover so that you get the chance to get out of the airport and explore the city you have to change in.
Take A Guidebook- Using tour guides and tour groups to look around a city and discover everything it has to offer can end up very expensive. Instead, it’s worth buying a guidebook and using that as your guide around the destination. Make sure you buy one online or in a bookshop before you leave as they can be very expensive in airports! Top top is go to a charity shop as they always have so many guidebooks for sale.
Take Your Own Food- Cafes and food stands in airports are notorious for being extortionately priced. To make sure you don’t pay over £5 for a measly sandwich, you should pack some food to take with you. Just remember that you won’t be allowed to take liquids through security but you can take an empty bottle. More and more airports have water fountains just as you get through security so we always make sure we take an empty bottle with us.
As you can see then, travel doesn’t always have to be too expensive. There are ways you can afford a holiday this year even on your tight budget!