Cheap Travel Best Fares
Cheap Travel Best Fares: Of course we all want to have a fantastic time when we’re on holiday but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend all your savings! Below are some of my best travel tips. I have also included a story about a very expensive travel mistake I made. My aim is to help you to save some money when you travel and find the best fares.
Save Up and Pay in Advance
First a word of warning: It is unwise to borrow money for your holiday and then work hard for the rest of the year to pay off the debt. Believe me I’ve tried it! Working to pay for a holiday that has long gone is soul destroying.
I would say that it’s always better to save up, pay in advance, and plan things very carefully before you leave home, even if it means you that you go on holiday every other year. It’s worth it because you’ll have a better time knowing that you are well prepared and that you have enough money to deal with anything that the trip may throw at you.
Staying at a family or friend’s house somewhere really wonderful is probably the best way to have a great and an incredibly cheap holiday, but it’s not always an option, and what if you have a family on tow!
So what can you do to get the most out of your holiday even if you have limited funds? The most obvious thing is to save on are your travel costs. It’s always worth booking in advance and searching for discount travel.
Look out for hidden costs. How much will it actually cost to get to your destination? You have to get to the airport, then on the other side get to your accommodation. If you do your research you can save lots of money.
Cheap Travel Best Fares
1. Getting to the Airport
I have worked out that it costs more for my family of three to travel to our nearest airport by train than it does to drive, so we drive to the airport. That leaves the problem of what to do with the car. First we check out if there are any special offers at the airport car park, and then we go to JustPark, which is a site where you can advertise your house if you have extra parking space. We park with them. It is cheaper and more convenient than using public transport or taxis. As an example, last year we parked for 6 consecutive weeks at a house without any problems. We knew that the car would be safe while we were away and it cost less than it would have using trains and taxis. So check out home parking.
2. Plan your Journey Properly
The next thing to do is plan your holiday properly. Where will you be traveling? And where will you be when it’s time to fly home? It sounds like basic stuff, but I am speaking from bitter experience. Once I flew to Genoa and then decided to go to Rome, which meant traveling by rail. This wasn’t as cheap as I thought, and of course I had to travel back to Genoa to get my flight home. All this cost a fortune! I hadn’t planned on going to Rome – it was a whim and I paid very dearly for it! (It was worth it mind you – what a place!)
3. Find Best Fares Online
The next thing to do is to look for cheap travel. You can do this very successfully if you don’t mind when you fly. Spring and autumn are the cheapest months. Avoid flying on weekend days, they are much more expensive.
Always check the website for deals: Skyscanner.net will help you to find a low price for your flight.
Here’s a very interesting video about how you can cut holiday costs.
4. Book Activities in Advance
It’s better to book any activity you might like to do while you’re on holiday before you leave home. Companies like DoSomethingDifferent.com have deals because they buy in bulk. They also make sure that the right people get paid for laying on the activity so your money goes to the right place.
Here’s a tip: I have saved a fortune by eating before I get on a flight. In-flight food is expensive, as are drinks. I always take my own water, which I buy in the airport after checking in. These things may seem small but if you add it all up it really does make a different, especially if you are with a family or in a group.
5. More Quick Tips:
- Look for cheap flight prices and then choose where you want to go -that way you get the best deals!
- Try to have flexible dates too
- Buy your internal train tickets in advance
- Use public transport as much as possible
- Check out return prices because sometimes one way tickets cost more!!!
Have a great trip!
Here’s an article I wrote about saving money by using only Carry On Bags -how to pack everything in: Click here
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