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Three key ways to save on holiday

  Wednesday 5th June 2013

Throughout the UK this summer one can guarantee that one topic of conversation that will dominate most social interactions, alongside how terrible or how great the weather is of course, is where to go on holiday.

In most social situations holiday experiences, tips and tit bits are shared and as a result of the trend of uploading most of one’s life onto the social network Facebook, it is almost impossible not to know where someone has been on holiday. One has only to go on the latest social network based solely on sharing photos, Instagram, to see that going on holiday is the one thing people like to show off about and who can blame them?

Yet according to a recent ONS poverty report, up to a third of Britons believe they are unable to afford an annual holiday arguing that holiday packages and flights are too expensive to afford every year. Going on holiday, however, doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are three key ways you can save money going on holiday.

Jetting off on holiday doesn’t have to be expensive if you find the right deals. Photo: Kuster & Wildhaber Photography

1. Choose your hotel carefully and check out the hotel deals.

Most people when going abroad tend to stick to the well worn route of booking their holiday through a travel agent or as part of a package. Whilst this may get you some great deals, by letting someone else organise the hotel you could miss out on finding absolute gems for a fraction of the price.

Websites such as Lastminute, Expedia and myvouchercodes.co.uk list a number of hotels and hotel deals just ready for you to take advantage of. Scrolling down the lists of hotels can often be daunting but with offers on discounts on holiday booking, websites such as myvouchercodes.co.uk are worth a visit and could save you a considerable amount.

2. Take advantage of deals and offers

Once you’ve booked the hotel online, check out the holiday deals offered by travel companies. Going on a city break or opting for a relaxing week by the poolside, holiday excursions can often tip a well-priced holiday into the red so why not see if you can cut costs by planning ahead?

Companies such as Lastminute and Time Out Worldwide specifically source out great deals on car hires, entertainment and restaurants to make going on holiday that little bit easier.

3. Know what you want and for how much

One thing most are guilty of when going on holiday is the occasional splurge, be it on a new outfit, a slap up meal or a holiday cruise around the island. To keep the damage to a low why not source out things you know you will spend money on and budget yourself.

If travelling beyond the European Union, work out exactly how much more or less the currency is worth before spending. That way you have calculated how much you can spend before spending.

 Sarah Aston

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