5 Tricks To Cutting Costs Whilst On Holiday

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Going on holiday really doesn’t have to be a regretful money splurge. Despite the cost of air fares rising and airports and hotels trying to scam every last penny in hidden costs, the knowledgeable traveler can still go away without many cutbacks. Here are a few tricks that every holiday maker should know before they go away:

Book an apartment not a hotel

The cost of booking a hotel can seriously add up over the course of your holiday; with a perfectly placed fridge full of temptations and many more hidden extras that seem like a good idea until you receive the bill, this together with eating out every meal is a real money burner. When booking a holiday apartment you are guaranteed a friendly host (that usually lives very near or in the building) and one of the huge benefits is an equipped kitchen for all your self-catering needs, this gives you the option to eat in or out (saving a huge amount.) For a family holiday there is no better option than an apartment, most have a living room and lots of extra space for you to relax in after a day of site seeing and, for a family holiday or for a romantic weekend away an apartment is often cheaper than a hotel! Companies such as Holiday-Velvet.com specialise in offerig holiday apartments.

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Buy necessities before you go

If on holiday you find that the little things begin to add up – things such as suncream, toothpaste and shower-gel – make sure you buy these things before you leave, as in holiday hot-spots these necessities are often three times the price than at a discount shop back at home.

Do Not Use your Mobile Phone Abroad

Roaming charges whilst in a foreign country are sky high, internet, texts and phone calls are all charged extra when on holiday. If you need to use your phone for business or just can’t put your phone down, then firstly consider ringing you network provider and asking them for any deals, and if they say no (which is likely) considering using Skype or Truphone which offer free apps to make international calls much cheaper or if using Wi-Fi absolutely free. If you have kids who constantly want to text their friends (or if you do) then a definite winner is Whatsapp which allows free texts to others that have also downloaded the app, just make sure you´re staying somewhere with Wi-Fi.

Get a flight on a Tuesday

Many air companies start their sales on a Monday night, so booking a flight on a Tuesday can often yield the best results when trying to get cheap flights, not booking flights at peak season or peak days of the week will provide cheaper plane tickets – for example booking a flight to Venice or Rome the day before Valentine’s day probably isn´t wise if you want the cheapest. A good tip is to also book your holidays a few months in advance.

Search for Travel Coupons

Almost every website has a little box to type in a discount code, and these can easily be found by asking Google for one. There are many websites that’s sole purpose is to provide discount codes for all websites – these will normally give excellent results on cheap package holidays or money off hotels, they could even give discounts on restaurants!


Going on holiday really doesn’t have to be a regretful money splurge. Despite the cost of air fares rising and airports and hotels trying to scam every last penny in hidden costs, the knowledgeable traveller can still go away without many cutbacks. Here are a few tricks that every holiday maker should know before they go away:

Book an apartment not a hotel

The cost of booking a hotel can seriously add up over the course of your holiday; with a perfectly placed fridge full of temptations and many more hidden extras that seem like a good idea until you receive the bill, this together with eating out every meal is a real money burner. When booking a holiday apartment you are guaranteed a friendly host (that usually lives very near or in the building) and one of the huge benefits is an equipped kitchen for all your self-catering needs, this gives you the option to eat in or out (saving a huge amount.) For a family holiday there is no better option than an apartment, most have a living room and lots of extra space for you to relax in after a day of site seeing and, for a family holiday or for a romantic weekend away an apartment is often cheaper than a hotel! Companies such as Holiday-Velvet.com specialise in offerig holiday apartments.

Buy necessities before you go

If on holiday you find that the little things begin to add up – things such as suncream, toothpaste and shower-gel – make sure you buy these things before you leave, as in holiday hot-spots these necessities are often three times the price than at a discount shop back at home.

Do Not Use your Mobile Phone Abroad

Roaming charges whilst in a foreign country are sky high, internet, texts and phone calls are all charged extra when on holiday. If you need to use your phone for business or just can’t put your phone down, then firstly consider ringing you network provider and asking them for any deals, and if they say no (which is likely) considering using Skype or Truphone which offer free apps to make international calls much cheaper or if using Wi-Fi absolutely free. If you have kids who constantly want to text their friends (or if you do) then a definite winner is Whatsapp which allows free texts to others that have also downloaded the app, just make sure you´re staying somewhere with Wi-Fi.

Get a flight on a Tuesday

Many air companies start their sales on a Monday night, so booking a flight on a Tuesday can often yield the best results when trying to get cheap flights, not booking flights at peak season or peak days of the week will provide cheaper plane tickets – for example booking a flight to Venice or Rome the day before Valentine’s day probably isn´t wise if you want the cheapest. A good tip is to also book your holidays a few months in advance.

Search for Travel Coupons

Almost every website has a little box to type in a discount code, and these can easily be found by asking Google for one. There are many websites that’s sole purpose is to provide discount codes for all websites – these will normally give excellent results on cheap package holidays or money off hotels, they could even give discounts on restaurants!

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Ben travels abroad 6 times a year or more on business and works offering holiday inspiration and services in Europe.

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