BRITS is likely to go on holiday abroad for the first time in years this summer, after months of travel disruptions and Covid regulations.
However, when demand is high, this can also mean prices going up – so we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to save money on your next vacation.
Choose alternative tourist destinations
While it can be tempting to visit a popular tourist destination, choosing a different city in the country can save you a lot.
Ryanair is known for operating flights to lesser known destinations rather than the main tourist areas.
Instead of Paris, choose Toulouse, with Ryanair flights from £7.49, and bypassing Barcelona for Seville with flights under ten people.
Forget Venice or Rome and choose Verona with flights for £7.99.
Flexibility with flights
Flights will cost more if they are in high demand, with popular times usually on weekends.
However, midweek flight can often be a much cheaper option.
We’ve found return flights from London to Tenerife for as little as £29 if flying on a Wednesday, but this jumped to £236 on Saturday – costing a family of four an extra £828.
Similar price changes from London to Corfu have resulted in huge savings, with £82 back on Wednesday, rising to £152 on Saturday.
Not only that, the time of day can also make a difference, with very early or very late lights often being cheaper.
Choosing flights early is also more likely to get you on vacation on time, as they delay at least.
Choose the all-inclusive package
While package holidays More expensive than booking flights and hotels, they can save you money.
With all meals included and some even including alcohol, this means there’s no extra cost to your stay.
Instead, you can pay the entire contract before you go and don’t have to worry about spending anything while you’re there.
Not only that, but all-inclusive holidays offer extra cancellation protection ATOL is protected – meaning you’re protected for any last-minute Covid changes.
We’ve found some amazing bargains all-inclusive holiday deals to Greece, Spain and Turkey, starting at just £155pp.
Check your travel documents
Traveling abroad right now takes a lot of paperwork and checks.
A new change this year is the passport rules if traveling to Europe.
Britons must have at least three months left and not be more than 10 years old.
A new passport costs £75.50 but if you need to fast track it will set you back £142.
Make sure you have travel insurance to protect you against any additional Covid or medical bills, as well as check that your GHIC is still up to date.
The same goes for any Covid test that you might need to import into a country, so you don’t need to split hundreds for a last-minute test with quick results.
Skip checked baggage
While it can be tempting to pack all your favorite outfits and toiletries, it can add hundreds to your travel expenses.
Many low-cost airlines charge up to £60 for baggage, so it’s a good idea to travel with hand luggage to save families up to £240.
Thankfully, travelers have revealed clever ways to bring more without paying, including putting stuff away in a pillowcase or travel pillow.
And one mother revealed how she packed a week’s worth of things, for a family of four, in a suitcase.
Avoid shopping at the airport
While waiting for your flight, you can shop at the airport to buy time.
However, most items are massively marked, meaning snacks and electronics will cost you much more than if you bought them before the holiday.
Even if you prefer breakfast or lunch, choose sandwiches and snacks to take through security – yours Private food is allowed in the station as long as it’s not liquid.
Opting for this over a fried Wetherspoons and a cup of tea could save you £12 each.
Don’t forget to pick up your airport fare – many offices charge the highest foreign currency fees, so pre-order online and pick it up from a store down the street.
Check your roaming charges
An easy way to end up with a hefty holiday bill is to use your phone abroad.
With new EU regulations introduced this year, many mobile phone providers no longer offer free roaming.
Before going abroad, check for new regulations and see if you’re covered – if not, you can also set a limit so you don’t go over and get burned at the end of your trip.
A boy was fined £2,700 after using his phone on holiday in Egypt, while a mother was hit with £5,000 after her daughter used her phone abroad .
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