We all like to have time to relax and there’s no better chance to rest than on holiday. Let’s take a look at some tips for how you can have a great holiday on a small budget.
The first place to start when thinking about a holiday on a budget is to consider what type of holiday you want and how flexible you are prepared to be. The more flexible that you are, the more chance you will have of making the greatest savings.
Being flexible doesn’t mean choosing a holiday that you would not be comfortable with – it does mean being prepared to make slight alterations to your plans in order to reduce costs.
One example might be to think about flexibility in terms of flight details and times. With the advent of budget airlines, it’s now possible to get some great low-cost flights to popular destinations in Europe and worldwide.
The only problem with the budget airlines is that you may need to make sacrifices when compared to more expensive carriers. So, for example, many budget flights will need include an onboard meal within the ticket price.
With careful planning, you can prepare yourself a snack to eat during the flight, or simply plan your meals in such a way as to overcome the lack of an in-flight meal.
Similarly, in the case of budget airlines, you’ll find that it’s cheapest to book your flights as early as possible to snap up the cheapest seats. Indeed, contrary to popular opinion, it’s often possible to pick up cheap package holidays by booking early too.
You’ll also find that it’s cheapest to fly at times of the day (and indeed the week) when other people are put off flying. Purchasing tickets for flights that leave early in the morning can lead to great savings.
If you are not intending on travelling with children then be sure to check out the dates of school holidays too. You’ll be amazed at how much more expensive flights, hotels and package holiday deals are during the school holidays.
Also, you can get great deals hiring Holiday Taxis in advance, rather than getting a taxi to get to or from the Airport. By planning your holiday details in advance you can make some great savings.
Think about your preferred destinations too. While you may find it difficult to get cheap bookings at peak times in popular resorts, you can find some real bargains by looking further afield.
In the case of holidays in Europe, the likes of Bulgaria, Croatia, northern Cyprus, Poland and the Baltic States (LatviaFree Web Content, Lithuania and Estonia) all have some great deals.
The key to making the greatest savings is to look to be as flexible as possible – if you’re willing to take this type of approach then you can have a wonderful holiday without breaking the bank.