5 tips to get more out of your travel money

 

I don’t care it’s barely April, I’m already planning all the holidays hubby and I are going to be taking this year. Firstly, obviously, is the long overdue return to the motherland. I haven’t had a chance to visit Finland for a while, and that is a while too long if you ask my momma or my friends. In my defence, I gone got married in that time and hubby and I have started our (married) lives together by buying our own place amongst all the other projects I volunteer us to – so it’s been rather hectic.

 

 I don’t like to brag (yes I do) but I consider myself something of an expert when it comes to finding great deals for flights and hotels without compromising on quality. Because the older I get the less I fancy hostels or budget airlines that drop you off 100 miles from where you were supposed to end up.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve travelled like a backpacking hobo but I’ve also been known to stay in 5 star hotels. What I’ve learned is that when you play your cards right there might not even be that much of a price difference between the two.

 

Here’s my top tips for budget luxury travel:

 

 

Time is Money – The earlier you start planning your holidays the more options you have. I know it sounds obvious but if you know you’re going on holiday in the summer the best time to start looking is right after New Year. The more months between your departure and booking dates, the more options you have for flights and rooms, for cheaper prices.

 

 

Compare prices – By all means, use a price comparison website – but for optimal price reduction purposes, check a few. I use TravelSuperMarket, SkyScanner and Expedia for flights and Booking, TriVaGo and Hotels.com for hotels. Different companies have different deals with the service providers so it definitely is worth spending some time comparing different options. It might sound a lot of work but it usually saves me anywhere between £100 and £200 per trip. Which I can then spend on things that really matter, like food and wine.

 

 

Clear your cache – Trust me on this. Evil cookies will reveal your deepest desires to the world wide web and the even more evil websites will hike up the prices when they realise you’re serious about booking some tickets. Try it out. Clear your cache and go back to the same site – the prices will be lower. And definitely do it before you go on to the next point….

 

 

Check Provider Sites – Here’s a trick: once you’ve checked the price comparison sites and know what airlines or hotels are giving the kind of deals you want, go to their sites directly and check whether they offer the same tickets or rooms for cheaper. In 4 out of 5 cases you’ll find that they do. This is because the service providers pay a premium for the price comparison sites and somehow this has be accounted for, and guess who usually pays the difference? Yup, that’s right, muggins here.

 

 

Do you really need checked baggage? – Finally, think carefully whether you really need to check in any bags. Maybe invest into a compact, lightweight cabin luggage instead. A solid one will set you back around £25 but will easily save you a fortune in just a few trips. If you’re going for a few weeks you may want to buy your toiletries at destination rather than carrying them with you, or invest in a set of little travel bottles in a clear bag (£1 from Poundland or Primark) and just take what you need. You can fit a surprisingly large amount of clothes, shoes and hair styling instruments into one of these bad boys and not only will you save your pennies, you’ll also save time as you don’t have to wait at the baggage reclaim and there’s zero change your luggage doesn’t arrive to the destination with you.

 

Have you any tips for budget luxury travel? Tell me post haste!

 

  • Arpita Dubey

    Very good article for planning a trip.
    http://trabeauli.com/international-travel-checklist/

  • Michelle Gil Santini

    I’m planning going to short trip either California or somewhere in Frances so I’ve been saving every single penny on my piggy bank anyway do you prefer to rent apartment or staying on a hotel?

    Michelle| http://www.brokebutflawless.blogspot.com

    • Katja Knox

      If possible I’d always book an apartment! They give you so much freedom, and you get to live like a local. Totally recommend it.

  • Great tips and very helpful xo

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  • Great tips, especially about clearing cache.. Omg…. sneaky!!
    Boy, am I ready for a vacation. I really want to go somewhere tropical.

  • I love this tips, dear. But I must admit I am so lazy when it comes to the planning. I always plan in a last minute. Have to change that so thanks for sharing this post. 🙂

  • i always spend a lot of time looking for the best deal on accomodation. I usually plan my holidays quite short notice, so when it comes to plane tickets I don’t really get a great deal :/

  • I always check sky scanner before I book a flight. Just to be sure I find the right deal. 🙂

  • Excellent tips, I’ve been doing this for a while already. 🙂 I would add avoiding the peak seasons and comparing different flight days – sometimes choosing to fly on Tuesday instead of Friday might save you hundreds (which you can use for shopping or a better hotel!), also when you book flights the sites usually offer lower prices at the beginning of week.

    I’ve actually posted about how to find cheap flights, you might be interested to check this one out: https://dreamerachiever.com/2015/01/31/free-tips-how-to-find-cheap-flights-or-even-fly-free/

  • Fantastic tips, I do check for price comparisons but don’t clear my cache so thanks for that one. I like to take ALL the things with me so hand luggage is not an option for me! 😀 xx

    • I think it’s so impressive to bring everything in your hand luggage. It’s so much better and easier actually but I always have a hard time fitting all my beauty stuff in the hand luggage. Any tips for that?

  • Traveling is one of my passion lately and these tips are simply great, thank you. I’ll be back for more traveling tips.
    I had no idea I should clear cache before making any reservation. I only used expedia so far, they had the best deals for me.

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  • These are so helpful!! My biggest weakness when planning a trip is deciding to do it too last minute, when the prices are usually super jacked up. I’ve also never thought about how cookies can affect the price you see! Thanks for this!

    Jaycee | anthropolojay.com

  • I totally agree, time IS money!

  • These are some great tips! If I’m going somewhere and spend there more than a week, I usually check my baggage. But if I’m visiting Sweden or something, for a week or so – I usually don’t need that much with me, just a small luggage 😀

  • What an awesome tips hun. I really love reading it and really helpful. And absolutely you’re right, sometime we check into different travel agent and we got a cheaper price.

    Kintan XO,
    http://kintanfashion.blogspot.com