When you look at booking a holiday, the first thing to consider is when you want to go. Picking the dates you travel wisely can help families save a small fortune. Families that have children who are not yet of school age should look at travelling outside of term times, however even for families with school age children savings can be made by choosing to visit a place off peak as often this costs considerably less.
Plan the holiday yourself
Although money can be saved when booking package holidays, often the best way to save money is to plan the holiday yourself. Booking early can really help secure the best price for your holiday and choosing flights with stops or layovers and which happen mid-week are all areas where you can save money. When going on holiday as a group consider renting an apartment or villa, as often these can work out cheaper than hotels, and look to stay just outside of the most popular tourist spots.
Make use of comparison sites
Nowadays there are hundreds of comparisons sites for every aspect of your life. When booking a holiday you can find comparisons sites for flights, accommodation, airport parking deals and travel money. Although it will mean a lot of time sat at a computer doing research there is a lot of money to be saved.
Take what you can with you
Most people know that the cost of something is directly affected by the demand there is for that product. That’s why food and drink is so expensive to purchase when you have passed through security and are stuck browsing the shops waiting for your flight and even more so when you are on your flight. Putting snacks in your hand luggage can help stave off hunger pains and, although you can’t take liquids through security, you can take an empty water bottle to fill up once you have cleared security.
Make sure you are covered
No one wants to think of anything bad happening while on holiday, but if the worst should happen making sure you are covered can help save money in the long run. Paying for everything on your credit card ensures you are protected by ‘section 75’ of the Consumer Credit Act if something goes wrong. Purchasing travel insurance that covers cancellations can help you get your money back if your flights are cancelled and if you are travelling in Europe a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to receive free or reduce price medical treatment if needed.