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.

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.