6 Tips to Planning a Great Holiday for Less

For those of you who know us, you know that we are frugal. We love to save money to spend on our holidays. We love to get the most bang for our buck. People have said that bargains follow us around. We think it's because we are good at finding these deals. We've put together a few tips to help you save money on your future trips.

1. Comparing prices between different booking sites.
We're talking about websites such as Expedia, Last Minute, Hostel World, individual Hotels' official websites and even Airbnb. Make sure to read the reviews of the hotels/hostels you are booking so you can find the best value for money. Know your budget and work within it. See if there are cheaper hotels that have decent reviews. Sometimes hotels/hostels get bad reviews from users for completely stupid reasons or for things that don't concern you at all so check the reviews. Likewise the reviews can prevent you from booking a disaster holiday.



2. Be flexible on the days you are willing to travel.
Travel prices change week to week. If you go on Google flights or Skyscanner you can look for the cheapest times of the year or month to travel to any given destination. Travel is generally cheaper during the week rather than the weekend. Flights are cheaper during the week and hotels are cheaper as well. The price goes up pretty dramatically on the weekend but more so with flights than hotels.

3. Either book far in advance or completely last minute.
Booking in advance can be a much better deal. For example, buying train tickets in England is a way better deal if you don't buy your train tickets on the day. On the flip side if you are able to book holidays last minute you can get some amazing bargains on the sites that sell packaged holidays like Expedia and lastminute.com.

4. Travel early in the morning or late at night.
When you travel off peak, during the times that people don't generally want to travel such as early in the morning, then you can save quite a bit of money. Train tickets are cheaper and flights can be as well. You just have to find the middle ground that isn't too inconvenient but is still cost effective.

5. Be willing to go to any destination.
You might have a particular destination in mind when searching for a holiday deal but being open to alternate destinations makes it easier to find a bargain holiday. It also might get you to try travelling to destinations that you haven't considered before and you will probably enjoy yourself. For example we paid under $1000 CAD for the both of us for our 6 night Iberian Peninsula Cruise from Southampton to Barcelona. We searched for cruises in Europe during October/November and found this one. The cruise left three weeks after we booked it. The deal also included $50 USD off each excursion we booked (up to three) while onboard.

6. Pick hotels in the area of town you want to explore.
Yes, they tend to be more expensive, but you save money on transportation such as taxi's, trains, or buses. Otherwise find hotels that are close to transportation links. Most major cities have some sort of day travel pass or other deals like the Oyster card in London which is the best way to go. Check the difference in price between staying closer to town and the cost of transportation. We usually use public transport or walk around depending on how far everything is. Search before you go on your trip to plan out what sights you might want to see at your destination. You don't need to stick to your plan but it can help to have a transport plan ahead of time.


Keep these tips in mind when booking your next holiday. Thanks for reading. If you have any tips to share, please post them in the comments below. Happy traveling!


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  1. Travelling is never a cheap en endeavor. It's nice to have these great tips to help save money when travelling.

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    1. Trying to save some money is always great.

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  2. As a single mom, these tips will come in handy!

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  3. I'm going to Amsterdam in June and I have already started reading up about Amsterdam. I really can't wait to see Amsterdam.., and like you have said here.., I also choose to stay close to the main attractions so that I can explore the place by feet.

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    1. Amsterdam is a great city to explore by foot.

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  4. I usually subscribe to airlines to get updated with their latest promos and discounts. I think these are all awesome ideas though!

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    1. That is a good idea. I'm subscribed to almost every travel site! :P

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  5. Thank you for sharing your ideas on how to save on trips. I do not travel often so when I plan a trip I always look for others to help on how I can save.

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    1. The more you can save on booking the trip, the more you will have for spending on your trip!

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  6. I am always trying to save money in any way I can so I loved reading these helpful tips :)

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  7. Thank you for those tips, I already doing some and I will follow the rest.

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  8. I love all articles about cheap travelling because we travel a lot. I will try to use some of your tips

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  9. I think number 2 is crucial for having travel success! If you are firm on the dates, it really is hard to get the best prices. Especially on air faire!

    Kaitlyn
    www.mypostpartumlife.com

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    1. It really is. People often ask up where the next adventure is. We always reply with "What ever come up!"

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  10. i love to travel, but then who doesn't. i'm always looking for the best deals. these are great tips, thank you

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  11. I absolutely love to travel..on a budget! I've never heard of some of the websites. Thanks for sharing them!

    Kwan
    Www.howkwandidit.com

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  12. Great tips - I think travelling early or late is definitely a top tip and I find that helps me save a lot of money in the process although it can be a bit more tiresome.

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    1. Thank you. It saves so much money to travel off peak!

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  13. I have used all these at one time or another. They work to save money if you can be as flexible as possible.

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