Holidays can be expensive before you’ve even set off. While we all need an escape from day-to-day life every so often, the price it costs to get away can be off-putting for some; at worst, going on holiday can seem financially impossible. Thankfully, there are ways to save money while you’re away – meaning you can spend less time worrying about spending, and more time focused on what holidays are really for: relaxation.
So how can you save money while on holiday?
Book accommodation with a kitchenette
With the advent of websites like Airbnb, as well as accommodation like holiday homes and even camping, there are plenty of places to stay that offer a self-catering facility. This can be a great way to save a few pennies here and there, as instead of paying for a meal out every night (and perhaps lunchtime, too!) you can head to the local market, grab some cheap, fresh produce, and cook up a meal in the kitchen area. This can serve as a fun way to experience life in the area, too.
Research free attractions
Wherever you’re headed to, there are likely to be free events, locations and attractions that you can visit and attend. These tend to include galleries, museums, monuments and parks, as well as town festivals. If you’re lucky, you can even catch a good busking band to watch while you sit in a Square. Do your research prior to going away, and make a list of dates and times – you’ll be spoilt for choice without spending a thing.
Book your airport parking ahead of time
The easiest way to get to an airport is driving, as you’re not dictated by the timescales of public transport. You may be concerned that parking will cost you too much money, especially if you’re going away for a week or longer. However, by making airport parking bookings well in advance, you can ensure you get the best rates possible and you can rest easy knowing your travel is sorted, leaving you to simply drive to the airport on the day. This will allow you to forget the logistics of going on holiday and instead purely look forwards to your adventure.
Don’t focus on the souvenirs
It’s easy while away to get caught up in the endless souvenir offerings for tourists, from magnets to novelty hats and postcards. On top of this, you may want to head to the shops, perhaps to buy some clothes that remind you of the place you’re visiting. While souvenirs are typically the perfect way to remember a holiday, don’t get caught up – restrict yourself to one magnet, for example, and instead, take photos. With the storage available on phones and their camera quality, anyone can take great photographs these days and they’ll serve as the best things to take home from your holiday of all. And you’ll come home with a bunch of great memories, no matter how little you buy!