Travelling the world is a lot easier and affordable than it used to be; even distant and remote locations have become far more accessible over time. However, like many people, you’re probably always on the lookout for simple ways to save money when planning a holiday. Every saving, big or small, helps.
1. Buy Luggage From a Wholesaler
Reliable luggage can be expensive, especially if you’re looking for luggage that’s both secure and weatherproof. Check out online wholesale retailers like Luggage Direct for a wide variety of luggage options at discount prices. Sometimes, you can even take advantage of free delivery.
2. Travel During Non-Peak Periods
When you’re booking flights or accommodation, costs are usually lower during non-peak times, i.e. not during school vacation or public holidays. Obviously, there are times when you really need to travel regardless of the time of year, but when you do have a choice, choose wisely!
3. Fly With Low-Cost Carriers
There’s so much competition out there now with airlines doing everything they can to secure your business. If you have a tight budget, a low-cost carrier can often be a good way to go if you don’t mind sacrificing a few creature comforts. Even with the separate costs of meals, comfort kits and entertainment, it will probably still cost less in total than flying with a conventional airline. Keep in mind that conventional airlines occasionally have big sales so it’s a good idea to shop around.
4. Join Frequent Flyer Programs
There are a number of frequent flyer programs where you can earn points from flying, as well as shopping at your usual retailers. Some supermarkets link their rewards cards to frequent flyer programs with various airlines. There’s also the option of using a frequent flyer credit card (see which ones your bank has), so you’ll earn points when you use your credit card(s). Look out for offers in which you can earn double or triple points to help your points balance increase a little faster!
5. Use Online Booking Sites
Travel agents sometimes charge a fee for their assistance in arranging your vacation. There are countless websites for flights and accommodation bookings with many also helping you compare prices. Beware of sites that charge you booking fees though. Sign up for newsletters and alerts so you’ll hear about promotions and sales first.
6. Only Pack Necessities
People all over the world fall into the same trap – packing far more than you need for your trip. If you’re travelling on low-cost carriers, your luggage weight limit will be set. While everyone is permitted to carry 8-10kg (depending on which airline you fly with), you can be slugged with a hefty fee if you’re even slightly over the limit. That’s an unnecessary waste of money. Be judicious when packing.
Travelling doesn’t have to be a ridiculously pricey affair. It just takes some common sense and you need to keep your eyes and ears open for businesses trying to get more money out of you. Be aware of the discounts that may be out there and make sure you’re looking in the right places. How do you save money while planning a holiday?