tips to help you save money

With Christmas long gone and the New Year but a distant memory, to keep us motivated we start to think of our summer holiday.

It is no surprise that a third of summer holidays are normally sold in January and February, according to the Association of British Travel Agents.

While there are many deals and discounts available, there are other ways to cut down on your holiday bill to ensure you get the best deal available.

Below are just a few tips to help you…

Be Flexible with the dates

It can be difficult having a flexible schedule with school aged children however going in July can be more reasonable than waiting until August when mainland UK schools are out.

If you can, do a little research to compare dates, a great website for checking flight and hotel prices based on dates but leaving out a destination is Kayak. The website searches the web for the best prices based on your criteria.

Search out 4* and 5* hotel bargains

Don’t pay over the odds for hotels. You could save thousands of pounds with a little research on the secret hotel section of lastminute.com. Another website to search when looking for hotel deals is Hotwire, again they offer secret hotel deals.

A little tip, before booking with either lastminute.com or Hotwire, you may be able to find out the ‘secret’ hotel. Pick a key phrase used to describe the hotel, search for this online and fingers crossed you will be able to find it!

Consider Apartments and Villas for large groups/families

Before booking your accommodation, consider booking an apartment, villa, a home or just a room.

Check out more than 70,000 holiday cottages on Owner’s Direct or 600,000 holiday rents from Holiday Lettings or indeed try Airbnb where you can rent anything from a room to a full house.

Get your travel accessories for £1

Yes you can get adaptor plugs and travel cushions for a fraction of the cost, I recommend visiting your local pound shop.

If you don’t fancy fighting your way through the aisles – you can do it in the comfort of your own home! The PoundShop is now online, so why not shop for your travel accessories and save yourself pounds plus new members get 5% off their first order!

Go for Annual Travel Cover

If you plan to take more than one trip it makes sense to go for a yearly annual travel cover which normally works out cheaper.

Don’t take my word for it though, visit Go Compare and see what options are available. For a single person travelling to Europe on a yearly annual travel cover costs as low as £11.85 – now that is a great deal!

Travel Light

While airlines give you free hand luggage, they still charge you for your bigger bags. I recommend you minimise what is in your carry-on bag by wearing some of your clothes – put on several tops, your jacket or indeed put things in your pockets.

Don’t give the airlines more money than you must – remember you can always buy extra items on holiday – so travel light!

Don’t buy travel-size toiletries – make your own

Travel size items, while convenient can be expensive – using the example of Sanctuary body wash – for 75ml you pay £2.50 yet you pay £5.50 for 250ml!

That works out £3.30 per 100ml in the travel size compared with £2.20 per 100ml in the bigger size.

It really is a no brainer to buy some small empty plastic bottles and fill them up with your favourite toiletries! Plus, you can use them repeatedly.

Happy holiday money saving!

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