Planning a holiday can seem like an expensive ordeal, but if you follow these five tricks, you might just find it’s cheaper than you thought.
The difference between travelling someone during peak and off-peak times of year can be astronomical. You may have to look for the silver lining if you go so far as to travel to certain areas during monsoon season, but other times of year are just better for those with different ideas of what their holiday should be. For example, travel in Europe during summer is several times more expensive than in winter, but if you’ve grown up in hot and sunny Australia, the streets of European cities in the colder months can seem like a wonderland.
Take a travel card
Getting a Travel Money Oz money card is a handy trick to make your holiday cheaper because you get to lock in your exchange rate before you go so you can guarantee their scales won’t tip in the other currency’s favour while you’re abroad. You also won’t have to pay fees every time you use the card at Point of Sale machines or ATMs like if you use a bankcard.
Book package deals
Creating your own trip can be great but it’s often cheaper to keep an eye out for package deals that can save you hundreds of dollars. The vendors get their deals straight from the suppliers so you can take advantage of their insider know-how and save yourself some cash in the process.
Go off the beaten track
The major cities are definitely alluring – Paris, anyone? – but choosing lesser known locations is one of the best tricks we know to make your holiday cheaper. Tourist traps like London and Paris have the associated tourist trap prices, but if you look even just outside these famous cities, you can really grab yourself a bargain and spend more time blending in with the locals and less time being sorted while listening to a screaming tourist trying to haggle over prices.
Follow the locals
In every way. We’re not saying turn into a stalker or anything but think about it: When you’re at home, you know where the best bargains are, right? It’s the same overseas. Follow the locals to their coffee shops, their restaurants and their clothing stores. Stay away from places that are clearly full of foreigners and head down secluded streets and tucked away stores to find the places where the locals know they can find a bargain. The same goes for transport. If you see that everyone is taking the bus, it’s likely because it’s much cheaper than driving, so follow suit.
Making your holiday cheaper can be as simple as keeping an open mind and observing what’s going on around you. You can have the best time on a shoestring if you follow these tips and tricks, without coming home to a credit card debt that will have you living on two-minute noodles for months after your return.