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How to Keep the Cost of Your Holiday Down | Guest Post

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Right now we're currently sunning ourselves in Ibiza (well, I hope so anyway). This post is written by fellow blogger Jon, who runs The Money Shed - the UK's largest community based website, dedicated to earning money from home! He's sharing some top tips for saving money while on holiday...


WE NEED HOLIDAYS!

There’s no doubt that without a holiday to look forward to it makes each day a little bit harder. Knowing we will be sunning ourselves on the beach in a few months time can make those cold mornings when we have to go out and about a bit more bearable.

The cost of holidays over the years sure have gone up. I remember in 2003 we used to go to Ibiza for £99 EACH for a week HALF BOARD! You wouldn’t get anything like that now and while the costs have gone up our ‘want’ for a holiday hasn’t gone down.

I won’t lie, I love going away. I go to Florida each year and on top of that love having a break or two away at Centre Parcs and some short weekends away in Europe so I’ve been thinking about a few TOP TIPS I could share in this post about how to keep the cost of your holiday down.

The eBookers Hotel booking Loophole

I’ve already blogged about this before but ebookers have a FANTASTIC price guarantee in place which means that up to 48 hours before you check in if you find your hotel cheaper elsewhere (either on their site or on any other site) you can fill in a simple 1 page form and get the money refunded.

You need to use Trivago to check every week or so to see if the hotel is cheaper elsewhere but I’ve had probably £1000s returned to me through using this and it’s meant that whenever I go on holiday I am 100% sure I am getting the cheapest price available and the best thing is that ANYONE CAN DO THIS so if you are booking a hotel anywhere in the world you need to take advantage of this!

Pack Smart!

I’m not talking here about only taking the clothes you NEED to wear but rather things like toiletries. In the past we would go on holiday and find we have left something behind we need. Some item for first aid or skin cream for the kids and would have to go looking for some while on holiday. ASDA do a fantastic range of ‘travel items’ which cover everything you could possibly need while away on holiday, making sure you don’t have to fork out for anything while you are there.

Use Travel Cards!

I can’t stress this enough. There are lots available but I would personally recommend using FairFx, who offer a very competitive rate when it comes to changing your money over to your required currency. I always think travel cards are better than just changing up your money into yet more cash as I find you end up taking more money than you need and as much as you say before you go that you will bring back what you don't use the reality is that on those last few nights you will burn through the money like it’s nothing. 


I think there are lots of different ways you can make small and clever adjustments in your run up to your holiday to make sure that you have a fantastic time without having to worry about money at all. A holiday where you are stressing about how much is being spent, or how much the whole thing is costing is no fun at all!

15 comments :

  1. Such fantastic tips! Going away can get so expensive, with food, travel and accommodation. So anyway of saving money is a winner in my book :)

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  2. Some fab tips here I had no idea about the ebookers loophole that is a gem of a tip!

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  3. Some great tips here. Any advice which means I can spend less and therefore go on more holidays is always welcome!

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  4. Awesome tips Jon! I agree with the Asda travel bits and bobs. Costs can soon add up when purchasing these kind of items abroad :)

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  5. Love the tip on: The eBookers Hotel booking Loophole. Definitely going to try that one out on our next trip.

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  6. Great tips, not heard of the ebookers loophole, will certainly check this out

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  7. Great advice not heard of the ebookers loophole before will look into it.

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  8. Good tips. I am definitely the same, I need a few holidays a year to look forward to!

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  9. Thanks for the advice, great to save money where you can to spend on fun stuff when you actually go away

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  10. Thanks for the great tips. Never thought of using travel cards so will look into that for our upcoming holiday

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  11. Fab tips here Jon. Packing smart helps.

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  12. Great tips. I constantly check Holiday Pirates, they have some great holiday deals

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  13. Great tips, I'll be taking a note for planning next year's holiday. We haven't braved a holiday abroad with the kids yet!

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  14. I'll have to look at the Asda range of travel products. I had no idea they did those

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  15. All prepaid multicurrency card providers argue to have the best rate. I found useful to test their exchange rate thanks to the online calculator available on the Websites of each provider. For example, GLOBCOIN, the multicurrency Mastercard I work for, provides such calculator on https://glob-coin.com

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