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Travel posts, I remember last summer I promised I would bring tons more travel-related content to my blog and then seemed to have lost my blogging mojo for a lot of the end of last year and most of this year. BUT, I am trying to get back into blogging more and travel posts are something I love to write, so here I am with another travel post, finally!
I am a huge fan of tips related posts as you can probably tell from the amount I have done recently. Including tips for festivals and getting ready for the summer holidays. Today I am bringing you tips for travelling on a budget, and as I am currently planning my own trip on a budget to Amsterdam, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my findings with you all.
Look for the best time in the year to go:
If you want a holiday on a budget going during peak season is probably going to cost you so much more. As everyone is looking to go on holiday at that time, the school holidays is when the prices tend to go up as everyone who has children is looking to take them away. If you don’t have to consider this, the best times to go are just before and just after this. Thomas Cook has some great tips on the best times of year to go on holiday abroad!
Booking last minute can often make everything so much cheaper too, the way it works is some airlines have flights in which they need to fill last minute so they reduce them to get the seats filled and it works similarly with hotels, if there are rooms which need filling putting on last-minute deals entices people in. They also do similar deals during off-peak times as hardly anyone is going on holiday. But it works well if you’re looking for a great deal.
Often accommodation can be the expensive part of a holiday especially if you’ve snapped up an amazingly cheap flight. But when travelling on a budget then search for a cheap hotel/hostel can be tricky. However, for Amsterdam, I found some great choices on Kayak which offer to help you find cheap accommodation as well as flights.
For the UK I’ve always found Euro Hostel amazing and they are in some great locations in the UK providing cheap hotels in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool. Sometimes even a Google search of ‘cheap accommodation’ can help bring back amazing searches. If you’re looking for a bit of a unique choice of accommodation Airbnb can offer some amazing choices for this.
Depending on where you’re going flights can be pretty pricey especially if you’re booking fairly far in advance. I’ve found searching around different websites and comparing times of the year as well as different airports can make a huge difference. I noticed a massive difference when flying from Birmingham and Manchester, sometimes travelling further afield can make the overall price of your holiday cheaper, even if you have to spend a little bit more getting there.
My final tip would be to plan everything in advance from all of the places you want to visit whilst you’re on holiday, to where you want to eat. Having an itinerary in advance can help you save money and figure out where you want to splurge and where you want to save. If you want to spend a lot of money on fancy meals and nights out, it is about keeping the expenses down in the day or if you’re more of a day trip kind of person, can you cook your own evening meals? Planning cheap ways to get to the airport is also a good way to keep the cost down, whether you fancy going on a train, getting a taxi or even getting a bus pass and going on a coach. It’s worth adding up the price of all of the options available and then taking the most effective and cheap one.
I hope these tips help, let me know in the comments what your tips for travelling on a budget are!