There are two thick, black rain clouds that love to dump it down on a family holiday – the holiday blues that make you cry on your return to reality and the cost of holidaying that seems to be getting more expensive… unless you know where to look.
The exchange rate is dreadful, buying a sandwich from the terminal’s W H Smith requires a mortgage and even driving past an airport now costs £10 or so. Basically, it sucks. However, there are ways in which you can save – and save big – and that is what we are going to cast some light on… right… now.
One Word: Skyscanner
When you fly has the biggest impact on how much you pay for flights. The month you fly, the week you want to be away, the days you choose and even the hours you depart can all differ wildly. That is where Skyscanner steps in to save the day by offering you flight prices across the entire month. Whether or not you agree with The Telegraph’s opinions is irrelevant right now because what matters is the fact they reported the chance to save 400% on flights using Skyscanner.
Two Words: Airbnb Please
You probably love your kids. Don’t worry, it’s fine, we all grow attached to these little sleep thieves as time wears on. However, you probably don’t want to be cooped up with them in a hotel room while you’re away. But hotels are so expensive you have no choice, which is why you should visit Airbnb. You’ll be amazed at you find within your budget. Not only that, but you’ll get the authentic experience of staying in someone’s home. None of those sterile hotel suites.
Three Words: Amazing Travel Tips
When you touch down in your chosen destination – smiling from ear to ear because you saved the equivalent of six months rent using Skyscanner & Airbnb – your next most frightening expense is getting around. Public transport is obviously a great shout, but having kids is all the adventure most parents need. That is where being coupon savvy comes in because getting yourself some free uber codes can be super epic. If you do go down the car hire route, though, make sure you don’t get anything bigger than you need and ask for a diesel. Diesel works out cheaper.
Four Words: Go Your Own Way
The more you can do on your own the more you are going to save. That’s pretty much how it goes. You know the kind of things we mean; weighing your luggage before you leave the house, taking your own food onto the plane, cooking your own evening meals, arranging your own excursions when you go on day trips, walking places when you can, buying day passes to places and whatever else you think falls within this bell curve. It makes sense that this would be cheaper because, when you don’t, you end up paying other people for a service. So just do the cheapskate-DIY-thing and pinch those pennies. It’s super-satisfying.
* This is a collaborative post.
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