By Vanessa B
Almost 2 years on since the outbreak of the pandemic and with travel restrictions finally lifting, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: “Can we go on holiday yet?”
Recent statistics reveal that there are forecast to be 9 million visits across Europe alone in 2021, with 4 in 5 Brits (84%) planning a 2021 staycation.
So with the exciting prospect of finally being able to book holidays with family and friends, we wanted to share our top tips on how best to budget your holiday spending this summer.
Book In Advance
There’s no denying that a last-minute trip is always much more costly. Booking your holiday in advance can save you huge amounts of money due to lower flights and hotel costs. Being organized pays off – literally in this case! If you know you have an event or occasion coming up in the future that you’ll want to go away for, start planning ahead now to be sure to secure all the best deals.
If your date isn’t absolutely set in stone and you have room to be flexible, you could save significant amounts of money on your next trip. When searching for hotels and flights always select the flexible tick box to show the lowest fares around the time you want to go away – you’d be surprised how even one day either side can make a huge difference! It’s always more expensive during school holidays so bear this in mind when choosing a time to go away. There is also a handy feature on certain flight and holiday websites where you can choose the “whole month” viewing option – allowing you to pinpoint exactly which days are the cheapest to travel on.
Budget Your Spends
We understand how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of jetting away – you just can’t wait to touchdown and arrive at your hotel. But it’s important to carefully plan your holiday spending by budgeting a set spending limit for each day. Decide what your daily cap is and times this by how many days you’ll be there. Once you have your spending figure, it’s always safer to transfer your money to a prepaid card for safekeeping. Simply draw out your daily spends at the start of each day so you only ever have one day of cash on you at any given time.
Our last top tip on how to make big savings on your next holiday is to shop around! Make sure you research lots of different offers online to ensure you’re getting the best deal out there. Sites such as Booking.com are great for comparing a range of deals from different holiday providers. For accommodation, Airbnb is a popular choice for those on a tighter budget because you can get private villas and apartments for one overall fee which you can split between you, rather than paying a separate fee per person for hotel rooms within resorts.