Common mistakes we all make when booking vacations, according to one money expert — and why they might end up contributing to y
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A money expert has revealed Brits could be missing out on holiday deals due to common mistakes we all make when booking short breaks.
If you pick the wrong flights, book too early (or too late) and just pack too much stuff in your suitcase, you can actually end up with unnecessary extra costs when planning your trip.
Luckily, Jonathan Merry, CEO of MoneyTransfers.com, is on hand to share how you can avoid some of the most common mistakes vacationers make, from the moment you start planning to the moment you when you actually go on vacation.
Check out his advice below…
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Book your flights too early – or too late
Booking your flight too early can result in higher costs as airlines often lower their fares just before the departure date. However, you don’t want to wait too long or prices could start to rise again due to demand in the week leading up to the holiday.
The sweet point? Research shows that booking about three to four months in advance can help you pay more than you need to.
The day you fly on
Friday evenings and weekends are known to be the most expensive days to fly, with most airlines charging more for flights on these days.
Book a flight that departs during the week and you could make significant savings.
Don’t take out travel insurance
Travel insurance is essential; Although it may feel like an extra cost up front, it can save you real cash in the long run.
You can find cheap policies that cost less than a coffee and still cover you for illness, injury, theft of valuables and cancellation. If you don’t have insurance at all, you risk thousands of dollars in bills if something goes wrong.
Do not compare hotel/flight prices
You may have a favorite airline, but shop around as you might miss out on great deals elsewhere.
If you don’t mind a longer travel time, opt for indirect flights. Clear your browsing history regularly and start monitoring prices months in advance to get a good idea of what’s on offer.
Using the wrong currency
When you travel you should avoid paying in pounds sterling and instead always pay in the country’s local currency to avoid being hit by high exchange rates which can be up to 5% more than the cost.
When abroad, always check what currency you will be using before paying and insist on paying in local currency to avoid such charges.
Don’t check your bank card
You should always check if your bank charges fees for using your card abroad, as some charge transaction and purchase fees; All of this can add up quickly.
Another option can be a prepaid card that you can transfer money to before you travel to avoid fees when making payments abroad.
If you’re planning to be abroad for an extended period of time, a money transfer provider could be the answer. Shop around because not all providers are the same and with the large sums of money involved you need to find a provider that not only offers attractive exchange rates but is also regulated and safe.
Exchange your currency at the airport
Yes, it’s more convenient, but you’ll most likely end up paying more. If you left at the last minute and have no choice but to use the airport’s currency exchange service, see if you can buy your currency online.
Most airports offer this service, and you can collect your cash upon arrival – not only does this mean you can sort it the night before, but you’ll get better rates than you could get locally on the day.
Ignore baggage fees
Check your airline’s baggage policy for both carry-on and checked baggage.
Overweight baggage fines can be expensive, so always weigh your bags at home before arriving at the airport to avoid the hassle of redistributing your overweight baggage at check-in. Try to carry all bulky clothes and shoes like jackets or sneakers to avoid having to pack them.
Visit attractions at peak times
Booking a holiday over a weekend is usually more convenient but comes with a cost.
Tourist attractions often charge more during peak periods, which are typically weekends. Some countries also offer free admission to museums on certain days; For example, Barcelona offers free entry to most museums on the first Sunday of every month.
Check the details of your selected attractions before you travel abroad so you can plan your itinerary intelligently.
Eating in tourist hotspots
Go where the locals go; It’s usually cheaper and also makes for a more immersive travel experience.
While you might want to sit and admire the tourist attractions while you dine, restaurants in tourist hotspots pretty much always have higher prices.
There are already plenty of offers for summer 2022, including hotspots like Greece, Spain, France and more. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best:
- TUI also has free children’s places during the school holidays – book here.
- Loveholidays offers all-inclusive packages from £165 per person – book here.
- First Choice offers free children’s spots on all-inclusive vacations – book here.
- Jet2holidays has various offers including free babies – book here.
- Mirror Holidays have some dreamy escorted tours – book here.
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If possible, explore a city on foot – it can be a great way to soak up the history and culture. Other alternatives are bike rental or public transport; All of this is often cheaper than getting taxis anywhere.
Oh, and if you need to book an airport transfer, make sure you do it well in advance to avoid paying the high prices on the day.
Give away tourist or passports
Before issuing tourist or passports, always calculate whether they are actually worthwhile. Try to plan a rough itinerary before you travel so you can see exactly how often you’ll need to hop on public transport or how many sights you can realistically fit into your vacation, as you might not really get your money’s worth.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/money-expert-shares-brits-top-26977575 Finance expert shares the most common holiday mistakes made by Britons that can make your trip more expensive