If you are planning a holiday or you’re thinking about going travelling, you may also be looking at ways of keeping the cost down. The amount of money can soon add up but there are lots of things you can do to keep the price down without sacrificing any of the fun.
Don’t try to cram everything in
This is particularly relevant if you are travelling, rather than just sticking to one destination. While it can be tempting to try and squeeze in as many different places as possible, it’s time consuming, tiring and expensive. Realise that you won’t be able to see absolutely everything and instead, choose to stay in fewer places for a bit longer. You won’t spend as much on transport to get to all your destinations and it’ll also give you the opportunity to become more familiar with the places you do visit.
If you book in advance, you can often get discounts on travel and accommodation. The further in advance, the better, as the heaviest discounts tend to be applied when tickets first go on sale. If you have made plans, you can also start to work out a budget for when you’re away. Having a good idea of what you plan to spend each day will help you to allocate the amount of spending money you need to take. You should always have a little extra in your budget for unexpected expenses. You never know what can happen and you don’t want to be left stranded with no money.
It’s essential to get holiday travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. There’s a common misconception that you get free healthcare around the world in the same way as you do in the UK. The majority of countries will charge you for any medical care and attention you need including calling an ambulance and staying overnight in hospital which can run into thousands of pounds. Make sure you get a travel insurance policy that will cover at least the basics including emergency medical expenses and repatriation to your home country, you can never predict what will happen when you’re away.