5 Travel hacks – How to get travel for as cheap as possible
Travelling to new, far-flung or exotic places is something that you no doubt enjoy, especially if it’s visiting places you’ve always wanted to discover. One big factor that really can affect travel is cost; those transport fares, booking accommodation, sourcing some great experiences and grabbing a bite to eat – costs can soon mount up and make travel a rather expensive treat! Thankfully, there are a few ways you can cut costs and have a much more affordable adventure, without paying premium prices.
Take a look at some of our top tips on how to travel as cheap as possible:
1. Travel With Hand Luggage Only
Just like our blog name, we’re firm believers in travelling with hand luggage only. You can save up to £90 on a return Ryan Air flight be simply unselecting the hold luggage option. This can make a typical fare much cheaper, especially if you’re travelling for a long weekend (and don’t pack 10 pairs of shoes).
2. Off peak travel
Certain times of the year are more expensive to travel, it’s a fact – in the height of summer, around festive holidays, events or even based around school holidays, prices for airfares can easily double if not triple! Endeavor to book travel just before or just after the peak seasons for the destination you’re visiting. This will keep costs low but also give you similar experiences to visiting in peak times.
3. Gain loyalty
Many companies and airlines now have a range of loyalty cards that will reward you for your travels. If, for instance, you use a credit card, why not grab an airline credit card that will give you air miles too. This will allow you to get discounted (and even free) fares for your travel. If you regularly fly one airlines, see if they have their own membership club that’ll give you little perks such as; priority check-in, lounge access and access to additional services – this all makes travel that little bit easier.
4. Be flexible
One thing that we’ve found to be the biggest factors in keeping costs low is being flexible on the exact destination you want to visit. If, for instance, you’ve always wanted to visit France consider visiting stunning little villages like Nimes where accommodation costs and restaurants are much less than its counterparts in, say, Paris. This even works for cities themselves, if you’re looking to holiday in Venice, then consider staying in slightly cheaper villages 10 minutes outside the city than the expensive Grand Canal of Venice itself.
5. Plan ahead
Planning nearly always makes travel cheaper, especially if you plan well in advance, take advantage of airfare sales, or new routes that airlines are promoting. Additionally, plan you accommodation ahead of time to secure ‘saver rates’ that are usually non-refundable but substantially cheaper than booking at the reception desk. Each of these will mean you’ve bagged yourself a cheaper option than waiting until the very last minute.