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Going on a family holiday is an ambition for many of us, but when you are on a tight budget, it can make things very challenging. Wherever you can, you will want to make things cheaper, and this starts in the planning stages. The internet has made it so much easier to snag a great deal, but many people are still overpaying when they don’t need to. So, here are just a few of the best ways that you can save some cash on your next family holiday.
Compare Flight Costs
Flights have come down in price significantly over the past few years. Still, it is important that you grab the best deal where you can. They say that the best time to book is around eight weeks before you travel. Of course, you are also likely to save money if you travel in the off-season and during the week rather than at the weekend. There are plenty of flight comparison services out there – you just need to know how to use them effectively. Check out this Google Flights guide as a starting point. But when you think that you have spotted a great deal, it is important that you act on it. You never know when the prices are going to suddenly spike.
Check Multiple Booking Websites
Rather than just sticking to a single booking website, there are multiple different options out there, meaning that you need to shop around. Rather than going for hotels, you are much more likely to save money if you choose guesthouses or self-catering accommodation options. So, you should check out the websites such as Airbnb as well as the standard sites such as Booking.com. Take your time to select accommodation which is going to be right for you.
Book in Advance
You are always likely to be hit with the highest fees if you turn up at the train or bus station and try to buy a ticket on the day. Instead, you should check to see if you can buy the tickets online so that you have the option of getting a better deal. There are also plenty of tourist attractions which will reward you with a discount if you book in advance. Ultimately, it pays to be well-prepared and ready.
Follow the Rules
Reading the small print can also help you out significantly when it comes to saving money on your holiday. For example, many airlines can be very strict when it comes to their baggage policies and they could end up punishing you if you take a case which is too big or carries too much weight. When you rent a car, you should take the time to take out the correct insurance policy so that you don’t end up having to pay a huge amount if an accident happens.
Going on a budget holiday is certainly possible if you take the time to do the proper planning and preparation.