Going on holiday doesn’t have to be expensive, and there are plenty of ways that you can be sure to cut back on holiday expenses to have a better time, so you’re not worrying about your bank account while you’re away. Travelling close to home, particularly in Europe, is an easy way to cut back on holiday expenses, as more often than not a ferry, train or budget airline will cost a lot less. You are also able to drive to most places in Europe, to cut your costs even more. If you are planning on travelling to Europe, it is important to bring your EHIC card with you, and make sure that your EHIC renewals are completed before your trip, so you can take advantage of EU healthcare abroad. We’ve put together a list of the best ways to cut back on holiday expenses to have a better time.
Building up a network on Couchsurfing is not just a good way to make friends, but it will also open up the possibility of free accommodation when you to travel, particularly when it comes to travelling solo. Couchsurfing is essential a site where you talk to locals and end up staying with locals in whatever country you are staying in. Couchsurfing is a safe and secure site which you can use to seriously reduce your holiday expenses when it comes to accommodation.
When you’re on holiday, it’s nice to eat out and take in the different cultures and cuisine of the country you’re in. But if you can find accommodation where you either cook yourself, or is all inclusive, you could end up saving a lot of money. All-inclusive packages also offer drinks for the entire experience too, both soft and alcoholic, which can also save you a lot of money in the long run. You can always splurge on a meal out now and then during your holiday, but doing the majority of cooking at home, or simply finding cheaper, backstreet food could end up with you saving a lot of money, while still have a good time.
Travel & Attraction Passes
When you’re on holiday you’re likely to be travelling around the country a lot, whether that is with a taxi or on a bus or train. Getting a travel pass can end up saving you a lot of money in the long-run, and there are always travel pass deals directed at tourists that include the underground systems and tour buses. It can also save you a lot of hassle when it comes to travelling around. It is important to look at all of the deals, and decide whether you want one that allows you travel in one country or across a number of countries.
Attraction passes is another way of saving money, especially if you plan on seeing several attractions in one city. There are often multiple-day multiple-attraction passes that you can get which will allow you to plan exactly where you want to go, but you don’t have to be pushed to everything in the same day. Admission prices can add up quite quickly, so multi-purchasing all of the attractions that you want to visit in one flat fee can end up saving you lots of money. In addition to this, some cities may also offer family passes and discounts for children, students and OAPS.