Whether you are going to your favourite holiday island such as Bali or another tourist destination there are certain things you can do to save money, if you just know about them. Most people are on some kind of a budget, so finding ways to save is something they look forward to. If you save money you might even be able to add a day or two to your holiday.
Here are some ways to save on the cost of an overseas holiday
- Book weekend accommodation in the business district of a city. This can save money because during the week these places are full, but at the weekend – including Friday nights – when business is not carried out they are essentially empty, so offer cheaper rates to attract people.
- According to some travel experts, Tuesday is the time to look for budget airfares. This is because often one airline will offer a good deal on Monday and by Tuesday, many other airlines bring their prices down to match it.
- The weekend is the most popular time for travellers so is likely to be the most expensive for flights.
- Eat at a local restaurant where the menu is not in English. Asking for recommendations from the hotel staff will only get you to an expensive place because fancy restaurants pay them for recommendations.
- You can often save money on hotel accommodation by phoning the place directly rather than using an 800 line, which is often a clearing house that reserves at a higher rate.
- In Europe, October through to April is the off-season when you’ll get cheaper deals.
- Often, getting bed and breakfast accommodation is much cheaper than hotels.
- Choose seasonal meals for the best price and eat what the locals eat for the same reason.
- Buy a guidebook; it will save you the cost many times over.
- Use ATMs and make larger withdrawals to reduce the cost of transaction fees. Store the money in various places such as a money belt, in your socks or a special heel insert, in the bottom or frames of your backpack, and in several inside pockets of your vest.
- Consolidator tickets on overseas flights can save hundreds of dollars. Even though no changes are allowed or frequent flyer kilometres are given, it’s worth it.
- If going by train, choose the second class travel as the difference between that and first class is very little, unlike planes. Most local people choose this option.
- Buses are often much cheaper – though slower – than trains, especially in Britain.
- If a policeman asks to see the ID in your wallet for no apparent reason, demand to be taken to the police station. There are fake cops out there and you may never see your wallet again.