A One-Stop Shop For Cheaper Travel

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A lot of people avoid traveling because of the cost involved with going round the world. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot of people in the position where they have never traveled at all. And, in later life; this can fill you with regret.

So, it’s time to start working towards a better outlook when it comes to your travel money. And, this post is here to help you. It will be going through a few of the ways that you can save money while planning and during your holiday. The effort that you put in here can have a big impact on your trip. So, it’s worth it.

There are loads of different areas that you can save money on when you’re planning a vacation. Most people will do the very basics. But, to truly save, you have to be dedicated to the cause. This takes a lot of research. And, may take a lot more time that you would like to spend on it. In this case, though, time really is money. And, the more time you spend on this; the more you will save in the end.

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  • Flights

Flights can be extremely costly. When you’re traveling a long distance, it takes a huge amount of fuel to get there. And, the staff that run the plane and airport have to be paid. Airlines are notorious for overcharging people for their services. Some companies have even gotten in trouble in the past for trying to sell safety feature, which should just be a standard feature of a plane.

One of the best ways to save money on your flights is by using the websites that sell them in the right way. These sites are designed to give you the very best prices when you first visit. After you make a booking or visit again, though; the prices will seem to shoot up.

They know that you’ve visited the site before because of a browser function called cookies. Cookies are little bits of data that are collected as you use the Internet, which websites have access to. This is how adverts show you things that you’ve been looking at, too. Turning off your cookies will mean that you always see the prices that are used real people in.

There are tools that you can use to work some magic on the price of your flights, as well. A tool like Google Flights can be great for tracking prices and planning journeys. They can give you the cheapest options within a set time-frame. And, they can keep searching for you. Some airlines will even allow you to book tickets through this tool; making it much faster than browsing loads of sites by yourself.

This tool can be a challenge to use well, though. So, you may need some help. Websites like Upgraded Points have resources to help you to learn these systems. They can give you the best methods to use. And, they have videos to make the whole thing much simpler.

In most cases, the best time to book a flight is as early as possible Flight prices go up as the demand gets higher for them. So, if you buy early; you’re much more likely to get a better rate for the ticket. This will also give you more choice when it comes to seating, as well.

Along with this, booking flights very late can also make them cheaper. Sometimes, airlines will drop prices massively simply to sell tickets. This will usually happen just a few days before the flight, though. So, it can be tricky to plan.

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  • Hotel

Along with your flights, the hotel that you stay in is likely to be very expensive, too. The price of hotel rooms will vary on a daily basis. And, sometimes, you will be able to find the best day of the week to buy your tickets. But, this will usually depend on the airline. And, you won’t find that tickets are cheap on the same day.

Just like flight websites, websites that deal with hotels also use cookies to track your activity on their site. This means that their prices will rise and fall much like the ones you find on airlines. A lot of people like to have cookies enabled for their other browsing, though.

So, turning it off may not be an option. Instead, most browsers also have a private browsing mode. In this mode, the browser won’t store or record any cookies. And, it won’t have access to old ones. So, it can be used to do this job without changing your browser for good.

There are loads of websites that compare the prices of holidays. Most of the time, hotels in other countries will have contracts with holiday companies in your country. They will pay the company at home to sell the holidays. And, the hotel will be represented by that company. This means that you’ll find only one company selling places in each hotel.

Using a comparison site, you can look at the prices between the different companies. This will give you an idea of which company is offering the most for your money. These sites also make it much easier for your research to be done. Like Google Flight, a hotel comparison can be a real time-saver.

A travel agent can be your key to cheap holidays if you use them correctly. People in this position get paid to sell holidays. This means that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make a sale, even if it means that they get less from it. Never go for the first deal they offer you.

Try to talk them down a bit, and ask about other deals. If they refuse, you should leave. Come back at a later time and see if you have more luck. There are usually deals that they don’t have to tell you about. But, if they think it will get them the sale; they will be happy to let you know about any savings.

Usually, it’s best to go last minute when buying a holiday. Hotels need to be filled during their busy months. And, companies like to try to fill them during the quiet months, too. This means that they will often offer huge reductions for late bookings. If you are willing to risk not being able to go on vacation, waiting until the last minute can be your best bet. This will help to save you loads if yo plan it carefully.

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  • Being careful – extra costs

Traveling to new countries can always come with new and unforeseen costs. Usually, these happen in emergency situations. But, they can be the result of simple ignorance. You should always research the laws and rules of the country you’re visiting. And, you should be aware of the rules that your airline has in place.

Most countries don’t have free health care. And, most countries won’t provide it for free to foreigners, even if they do have it. Unfortunately, medicine isn’t cheap. And, the worst your injury or issue; the more it can cost. Getting out of these payments can be hard., And, in some places, you may not be able to leave until you pay.

Having insurance with you while you travel is the best way to avoid this. Some areas of the world, like the EU, allow you to get a special card that gives you free treatment. But, this will only work when the doctor recognises it. If they refuse it; you will be stuck. So, it’s best to be covered with something that can pay the professionals who help you.

When people travel, they tend to buy things while they’re away. Items for friends and family, and little keepsakes for yourself. All of them add up and end up weighing something. Most people don’t factor in this extra weight when they first pack their clothing and other items.

This means that the return journey can have a massive damper thrown on it. Most airlines will charge you extra if your bags are heavier than their requirements allow.

This can mean having to pay a huge fine when you get to the airport. Or, it could mean having to get rid of your new items. Along with this, a lot of people fail to declare goods that need to be taxed. This is an easy way to have items confiscated or another huge fine dropped on you.

Most of the time, airports will be very strict when it comes to baggage weight and declarations. Failing to work with either could land you in trouble.

Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what needs to be done to save some money on your holiday. This could be the only way that you manage to get out of the country. So, it’s worth putting the effort in to make sure that you can achieve it.

You will have to dedicate a lot of time and research into something like this. So, if you don’t think you’re up for it; it’s best to leave it and find another way to get away. But, most people should be fine with this level of work.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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