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.

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

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

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.

Venice

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.

Vilnius

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!

Athens

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.