5 Useful Ways to Stretch Your Travel Budget

A big part of travelling is making your budget stretch that little bit further to get the most from your experience. No need to fret, here are some of the best ways I’ve found to save on your travel and make your holiday even better.

Buying Essentials

One big expense can often be purchasing all the necessities for travel or holiday abroad, from sun cream to pocket fans. With a little planning ahead, purchasing these essentials during the off-season can help you to save that little bit more. Buying well ahead of your holiday also gives you plenty of time to keep an eye open for any deals in stores or online.

Book Flights and Hotels in Advance

The age-old advice of booking your flights and hotels well in advance still stands true. Just like with your essentials this will give you more time to keep an eye open for deals, as well as avoiding some of those pesky peak season mark-ups. Aside from stretching your budget, booking in advance will also give you more options and less competition for that perfect hotel. It’s really a no-brainer!

Don’t Eat Out Every Day

One of my favourite bonuses with holidays is getting the excuse to eat out and really enjoy what the local cuisine has to offer but visiting restaurants every day can really start to eat into your budget. A simple way to save when on holiday is to prepare your own meals when you can. With a little research online you can still enjoy some great local food by using markets or small shops, but at a fraction of the price.

Use Public Transport

Using public transport in a foreign country can often be intimidating, especially if there is a language difference, but try not to fret as this can be a great way to experience the local culture while saving a bit of cash. Public transport will be much, much cheaper than renting a car and you can often buy set length tickets for the duration of your holiday, saving you a penny and helping avoid having to regularly purchase tickets in a foreign language. Using public transport will also let you see the smaller less touristy sights while in transit, giving you a more personal window into your holiday destination. Researching the public transport routes or learning some simple phrases will help you to overcome the language barrier and enjoy a cheap, stress-free method of travel.

Travel During the Off Season

Travelling during the off-season can be a fantastic way to save on some money, while still making the most of your holiday. Hotels and flights will often be much cheaper outside of the peak seasons, and you’ll also have less people to compete with. Off-season travel also has the added benefits of smaller crowds and some great local festivals like Oktoberfest or the Japanese Hanami festival.

Following these tips can really help you to save on your holiday and stretch your budget even further. If you’re looking for even more ways to save then I recommend using these deals on Groupon to get the most from your perfect holiday.

Essential Air Travel Tips

Air travel can be daunting, especially if like me you’re not a great flier. Here are some of my tips for making your Air Travel less intimidating, allowing you to relax and really enjoy your holiday.

Pack Early!

This may seem like an obvious one, but it can’t be said enough how much of a difference this can make. Packing absolutely everything (at least the night before you fly) really will help to reduce your stress levels and let you relax. Once you know that everything you need for your holiday is stowed away, you can cross one more thing off your list and save yourself from any last minute packing woes.

Keep All Your Essentials to Hand

Keeping all your tickets and travel documents in an easy to access location can really help to improve your boarding and security experiences. This will stop any frantic searches for passports or boarding passes and will keep you relaxed about one more thing. Keeping all your essentials to hand will also help cut short any panics about lost tickets which can only make any flying nerves worse!

Get There with Plenty of Time to Spare

Cutting down on all your other sources of stress will help to keep you calm about the flight itself and getting to the airport or your gate early will do wonders. It’s never worth leaving things to the last minutes, as this will only leave you frazzled and in a panic. Get to the airport as early as you can, check-in, make your way through security and then relax, you’re practically there. Keep an eye or ear open for when your gate is announced and make your way over as soon as you can. A little time spent twiddling your thumbs at your gate is more than worth the cost of a mad dash through the airport.

Try a Herbal Remedy

There are loads of herbal remedies that can help to keep you calm and collected on your flight, and these will help you to avoid the pesky tiredness that can come with a prescription. A cup of camomile tea or a capsule of St John’s Wort can do wonders to soothe your nerves. It’s always best to avoid any caffeine or alcohol as well, as these can make it more difficult for you to relax on your flight. Herbal remedies can really make the difference, but make sure to check with your doctor before taking any remedies!

Familiarise Yourself with Plane Sounds

In my experience, one of the most stressful moments in flying can be when the plane starts making unusual or unexpected sounds, especially on take-off. It is worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with the sounds that planes make, that way you’ll never be surprised or concerned by any noises. Watching some videos of planes taking-off can be a quick and easy way to familiarise yourself with these sounds and avoid any unwanted panics mid-flight.

By following these nifty tricks you’ll help to make your flying experience much smoother and enjoyable. Now that you are a natural at flying you can start to plan your dream getaway or holiday, stress-free.

4 Great Reasons to Travel in the Off-Season

Travelling in the summer and winter breaks can sometimes be difficult, with the higher traffic and costs it can be hard to find the right holiday for you. Travelling in the off-season can be a great choice for loads of reasons, here are a few of the benefits that I’ve found.

Seasonal Festivals

Lots of great travel locations also have fantastic seasonal festivals in the off-season. Not only will you skip the crowds but you’ll also get to enjoy a really unique experience! For example, Oktoberfest throughout Germany can make for a fantastic autumn holiday or the springtime Hanami cherry blossom in Japan offers some beautiful sights. Seasonal festivals can be a great opportunity to get a unique perspective on different cultures and make the best of an off-season holiday.

Lower Costs

Off season holidays often have the added benefit of being cheaper. With fewer people travelling costs will go down and you can have the opportunity for some really great deals. If you have a fantasy holiday that is that little bit too expensive, it could be worth saving it for the off-season. Even if you have the budget for a holiday during the peak seasons, travelling in the off-season will let you stretch it that little bit further.

Smaller Crowds

Travelling to holiday favourite destinations during the off-season can help you to beat those crowds and get the most out of your holiday time. Trips to theme parks or beach holidays will be less stressful and you’ll no longer have to contend with lots of other people for a beach chair or to get onto your favourite ride. Smaller crowds mean more value for your money and for some holidays this can really help to meet your expectations and satisfy any dreams.

Better Weather

Weather during the peak seasons can often be extreme, leaving you contending with very high or low temperatures, high winds and heavy rain. Travelling in the off-season can help you to avoid these more extreme weather conditions, while still enjoying the benefits of being on holiday. Travelling in later spring or early autumn can let you enjoy that heat without it being overbearing and making your holiday less enjoyable.

These are just a few reasons why I have found travelling in the off-season to make for a great experience.

5 Fantastic City Trips

With so many unique and interesting city breaks, it can be a little daunting when deciding where to start. Here are some of my picks for the perfect city getaway.


Amsterdam is one of the standout examples of a great city trip for a reason. It is filled with beautiful parks, loads of places to eat and drink, and fascinating museums. All wrapped up in the unique Dutch culture and architecture, Amsterdam can be the perfect place for a short visit or group getaway.


Barcelona offers a unique mix of Spanish and Catalonian culture, alongside some of the best food and entertainment that you can find in Spain. The Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter, offers some simply stunning architecture with a particular highlight being the world famous Sagrada Família church. Aside from the beautiful culture and architecture, Barcelona is also home to the internationally renowned FC Barcelona. Whether you’re a fan of football or culture, Barcelona is a must see.


There is no city quite like Venice. Perfect for a romantic holiday, the canals and sights of Venice have no rival. The massive Piazza San Marco is bordered by the imposing Doge’s Palace and the beautiful St. Marks’s cathedral, whose bell tower can be seen from anywhere in the city. Whether you’re on a gondola ride through the canals or eating the delicious cuisine, Venice is the place to go for an intimate city holiday.


The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is a fantastic choice for a city holiday if you’re looking for a mix of culture and a vibrant nightlife. Vilnius offers a fascinating Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Europe, known for its beautiful architecture and the Baroque masterpiece that is the St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church. With two clubbing districts just a short distance from each other Vilnius also has a bustling and active nightlife. The choices are many and varied, so take your pick!


The capital and biggest city in Greece, Athens is certainly a must see. As one of the World’s oldest cities, Athens offers a wealth of historic monuments and heritage sites. The Parthenon dominates the skyline of Athens on top of the ancient Acropolis and is a stunning example of Ancient Greek architecture. The wealth of ancient temples, monuments and museums, means that you will never be short of a new place to visit, making Athens an essential destination for anyone with an interest in history.

Now that you have some ideas for your next city break you can really make the best of your long weekends.

How to Deal with the Heat Abroad

Escaping to the sun and heat can be one of the best parts of a holiday, but sometimes the heat can get a bit too much to handle. Here are a few of my favourite tricks to deal with the heat and focus on enjoying your holiday.

Dress for the Weather

This might seem very straightforward, but you’d be surprised how often you see people wearing lots of layers at high temperatures! The simplest thing to remember is that while less can be more when dealing with heat, it can be really important to keep your skin covered and protected from the sun. Light materials like linen can provide you with protection from the sun, while still keeping you cool and letting your skin breathe. Keeping your neck covered can also be important when the sun is particularly harsh. Remember, baggy and light clothes are your friend and keep that skin covered and protected when you can!

Plan Around the Heat

It’s really important that you remember to plan your day around the heat. The middle of the day will most likely be the hottest, so don’t be planning any long hikes at that time! When the heat gets intense it’s best to plan some downtime, perhaps a bit of lunch or a drink in the shade. Planning around the heat can help you to get the most from your day and avoid exhausting yourself in the high temperatures.

Drink Lots!

This might seem a bit obvious, but it can’t be stressed enough how important it is that you drink lots and keep hydrated. Taking regular breaks in the shade to have a drink is the best way to get the most out of your holiday. Carrying a bottle of water with you is also really advisable, this will help you to keep hydrated by drinking regularly and also help you to avoid getting stuck without any fluids! Drinking small amounts often will keep you hydrated and will really help you to get the most from your time in the sun.

Get a Pocket Fan

Fans can be a godsend in stifling heat, walking into an air-conditioned building can be a huge relief from the heat of outside. A small pocket or portable fan can be a great help keeping cool for when you’re out and about. These little fans can make even the highest temperatures more tolerable and I always make sure to keep one with me when I’m out. They can be cheaply picked up at most tourist shops or the airport, so make sure to get one or two and enjoy the relief they’ll give you.

Eat Cool Foods

Since you’re on holiday this can be the perfect opportunity to enjoy a treat with some ice-cream or another frozen snack, aside from being tasty these will offer a great bit of relief from the heat. Eating cold or cool foods can be important for mealtimes as well, especially during Lunch when it’s likely that the heat will be at its worst. A cool dish, like a salad, will be much more enjoyable than a hot plate of food when the heat is already too much.

These tips should help you to brave that heat and really get the best out of your holiday. Now that you can handle the heat you can start to look forward to that next break away in the sun.