16 August 2016

How To Travel For Less

Hi guys! So by the time this goes live I will be living it up in Amsterdam with my boyfriend, Tom. (Expect a blog post on that next week!) Neither of us have a lot of money at the moment, but we still wanted to go away this summer before he starts his course in IT and I start my second year of film school because we're both going to be hella busy! We weren't sure if we were going to be able to because we always just assumed that going abroad = a lot of money, but we found ways to do it for much less than expected and so we are able to go to Amsterdam for 3 days. I thought it would only be fair to share these holiday secrets with you, my lovely readers, so you can save some pennies the next time you go away! Also a special thanks to Fee Nunn who helped me a lot with information for this post!

1) Holiday Pirates

No not actual pirates, it's a website! I know the term "pirate" makes it sound dodgy af but it's really not! It basically finds loads of holiday vouchers from around the web and compiles them all in one place. You can find entire holidays, flights or even just days out/nights away on this website for really cheap! Tom and I booked a night in a hotel for valentines day with spa access and breakfast and it only cost £33! The only problem with this is that it usually has set dates that you have to go on the trip and they are usually only a month or so in advance, so you have to book it quite last minute! You can find their website here: http://www.holidaypirates.com (this is not sponsored btw, I just love this site!) 

2) Groupon and Wowcher

A bit similar to Holiday Pirates, Groupon and Wowcher work with companies and give you vouchers for things like holidays, experiences and products. The companies are usually happy to do it because it's good advertisement for them. There are loads of holidays on these sites that are really cheap - in fact we booked this trip to Amsterdam through Groupon! Similar to Holiday Pirates though you can't always choose the dates you go on so make sure you are flexible if you want to book through these sort of things. 

3) Go All Inclusive 

Going all inclusive saves you so much money when you are actually on the holiday. It means you don't have to worry about buying breakfast, lunch or dinner (although sometimes you might prefer to have a meal elsewhere) and often you get a free bar too. We did this on our trip to Zante last year (read about that here!) and it meant we saved money to spend on excursions and nights out! I definitely would recommend going all inclusive especially if you are going a way for more than a week.

4) Comparison Websites

This is especially important when it comes to booking holiday insurance so you can decide what's the best deal for you and make sure you're not getting ripped off! I think it's a good idea to use comparison websites as much as possible for instance for the flights and the hotel as well to make sure you are making the most out of your money!

5) Book Direct

This is something Fee has done and she has managed to have 4 holidays this year! Although as I said before it's good to use voucher and comparison websites, booking direct from the airline and/or hotel can save you a lot of money too!

6) Travel To A More Unusual Place

Places like Spain, Greece, Cyprus are more expensive because they are typical holiday destinations. Why find somewhere more unusual like Poland or Sweden? It will be cheaper and there will be less tourists! 

7) Don't Go During School Holidays

This can be a bit trickier if you are a student like me because usually you can't afford to take time off of school/college/uni for some time in the sun! But if you are able to then it is WAY cheaper to book your holidays in term time rather than the holidays.

Thanks for reading! I hope it helped you plan your cheap get away! Do you have any more tips on how to go away for less? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon, 

Beth xx


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