Holiday Hacks – Travel For Less

We’d all love to jet off somewhere nice at least once or twice a year and get away from the rat race. Unfortunately holidays can be very expensive. With that in mind, Moolr have some tips to make your dream experience cheaper.

Don’t Be A Sheep

It’s easy to fall into tourist traps whilst exploring a new location, whether it’s a nice restaurant, iconic attraction or via a tour guide. But these experiences can really hit your bank balance. Even when i stayed in an all-inclusive hotel last year, I spent a lot of money on days out and excursions. It adds up. So why not wander off the beaten track and discover a place yourself. Walk, see the sights, search out where the locals eat and drink. Find hidden gems, get tips from those that have been there before and don’t go with the crowd. Holiday hacks like this can save you a lot of money.

Experiment With Your Booking

If you are flexible on dates, don’t just wander into an estate agent or book the first package deal you. Book different parts of the holiday separately. Check different dates to acquire the cheapest flight, consider connecting flights if necessary, sort the accommodation separately. If you put in a few hours’ work yourself, you can save a small fortune. Booking well in advance can often save you money with flights and always look out for offers.

Use Air Miles

If you are a frequent flyer or simply want to start taking advantage of your air miles, signing up to an air mile programme will be well worth it. It doesn’t matter if you usually fly on short haul flights or long haul. Either way you’ll rack up points for discounted flights, priority boarding and more. Getting a discount off a flight by cashing in air miles is both rewarding and satisfying.

Wait Until The Last Minute

In the depths of winter, we all like to get a holiday booked. It is something to plan for, something to be excited about in the future. However, if you are not bothered about that aspect of the holiday, and just want to get away, waiting until the last minute is the way to go. Holiday operators are desperate to fill planes, hotel rooms and more, so when faced with unsold packages, the discounts will be huge. You can bag a real bargain if you wait until the last minute.

Cut Down On The Extras

You may not notice all the little extras that can incur on a day-to-day basis, but it’s these tiny transactions that could leave you with a hefty bill by the end of your holiday. No one likes to penny pinch on a holiday, but there are little things you can do that will not spoil your holiday. For example, eat in one night if in your own accommodation instead of having an expensive restaurant meal. Check if your holiday package includes pick-up from the airport, if the hotel charges for wi-fi, air con and breakfast and whether you’ll be charged extra for early check-in or late check out, etc. Read the small print!