Most of us plan some kind of trip or holiday for the summer months, whether it’s to an exotic location abroad or at home on a ‘staycation‘. You don’t need to splash out to enjoy a great break – even if you’ve left it to the last minute or you’re not willing to take your children or grandchildren out of school for a week.
We’ve compiled ten of the best tips from around the web to help you find a great holiday for less this summer, from finding the cheapest flights to dodging expensive car hire fees.
Use Cheap Flight Sites
Sites like Skyscanner are the best way to find cheap flights if you’ve got a destination in mind. You can search across a whole month and pick the cheapest day, while using indirect flights is also a great way to save money.
Buy Annual Travel Insurance
If you’re planning on travelling more than once this year, you’ll probably end up spending a lot more by taking out single policies for every trip. Annual multi-trip travel insurance policies will cover you for multiple trips, leaving extra money in the pot for your holiday. Just make sure your policy covers you for all the destinations you plan on visiting (different continents might not be covered, for example).
Claim on Delayed Flights
This all comes down to the Denied Boarding Regulation, which means you’re entitled to claim compensation on flight delays depending on the circumstances. If there are no extraordinary circumstances, like security risks or extreme weather conditions, then you’re probably entitled to some form of compensation. At the very least, you should be entitled to meals and refreshments. The good news is you can claim up to six years after a delayed flight, so if in the past you’ve been prevented from travelling you might be able to claim and get some money back for your next holiday.
Find Alternatives to Hiring a Car
Hiring a car abroad can be a minefield, what with all the hidden costs and insurance policies to contend with. Why not make use of the local public transport instead? It’s cheaper for sure, and you’ll likely see some of the more interesting parts of town as well as mingling with the locals.
Buy Before You Fly
Travel accessories like sun lotion and neck pillows are always more expensive at the airport. Stock up before you fly and save money for the fun stuff. Don’t bother splashing out on designer sun lotion either – the cheap stuff is just as good, as long the SPF and UVA ratings are the same as the expensive brands.
Look Out for Free Events
As relevant and useful for the staycationers as those who travel abroad – keeping an eye out for free events in cities can result in some great finds and probably some of your favourite days out. The Time Out website often lists the best of these free events, along with dates, times and addresses.