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How to Pay Less for Better Holidays

June 9, 2017

Summer is when most of us take time off work and indulge ourselves with a holiday in some part of the world. However, we often spend far too much money on our holidays and end up with empty pockets when we return home.

But it’s possible to enjoy a wonderful holiday without breaking your budget. It all takes a bit of planning, some patience and a little research. To give you some tips, here are five different ways to reduce the cost of your next holiday this summer.

Plan Your Holiday

The first thing you want to do is plan a holiday. Decide where you want to go, for how long, and what you want to see. This step is vital because you want to make the most of your time away instead of sitting around sulking in your hotel room because everything is closed or the weather is horrible. While things like weather are hard to predict, trying to get the most out of your holiday by planning it when it’s lively is a good idea. Make sure you read up some travel blogs or look at guides in order to learn more about the country you want to visit. It’s also useful to learn how to avoid tourist traps. Some are simply unavoidable, but if you want a trap-free destination, then go to areas that aren’t heavily advertised.

Do Your Research

Once you’ve planned your holiday, it’s time to do research. Depending on your country of origin, your destination country might require different kinds of approval or documents before you’re able to enter without being turned away. For instance, if you’re travelling to the United States from England then you’ll need an ESTA waiver for UK citizens. If you’re travelling to China, then you’ll generally need a visa if you travel from most western countries. It’s a good idea to do your research in order to find the cheapest approach.

Make A Budget

If you want to pay less on your holiday, then you’ll have to budget with that in mind. Remember to plan out your day and calculate how much money you’ll be spending on each day and night, including your accommodation costs. The last thing you want is to be forced to withdraw money or accidentally spend too much on a single day. Look up how much the food costs, what the transportation fees are like and also what you’re expected to pay for entertainment. Once you’ve worked out the average cost of a day, multiply that by the number of days you plan to visit and add a bit more on for emergencies. If the cost is far too high, then try to reduce it by finding cheaper places to eat or cutting out unnecessary expenses.

Go With Friends

Lastly, if you want to pay less for your holidays, then remember to bring a friend, two, or even more! The more the merrier when it comes to a holiday, and the more fun you’ll have despite paying the same per person. Travel is a lot about fun and experiencing new things, so why not do that with more people?

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