This year is going to be a time of cuts for many people, but canceling your annual vacation can do more harm than good. Everyone needs a break and it is possible to save a lot of money and still have a great vacation. Here are some tips to get the best value for your trip abroad.
The first stop is the internet. Price comparison websites and travel websites allow you to find the best deal for your flights, your stay, car rental and even travel insurance and currency. If you are ready to be flexible, you can benefit from the best deals. For example, there are usually discounted rates for last minute bookings and if you are ready to fly from specific airports you could get some cheap flights.
If you can, choose which attractions to visit in advance and look for discount codes for tickets. Many websites have coupon codes and you can often save money on booking in advance. You may also find that buying family passes is cheaper than single tickets, or that an annual newsletter is the best option if you plan to visit the same attraction several times during your holiday.
Instead of staying in a hotel, the cheapest option is to stay in a private holiday home or holiday villa. This has all the self-catering facilities so you can eat cheaply, and you usually pay for the whole house and not just per person so this is a particularly good money saver for larger groups of vacationers. You can also cut travel agent fees by booking directly with the villa owner and there are often last minute offers.
One huge cost that people often make on vacation is their phone calls – many people don't realize how expensive it is to make calls abroad, so it's worth investing in an international sim card. These cards are cheap and all you have to do is place them on your phone. You can prepay them for your calls and you can benefit from local rates.
Finally, try to plan free holiday activities. Many people are quite content to use their private pool or sunbathe, but there are plenty of other free things to do too. Use the internet to find free events in the area and you might be surprised at what is on offer!