How To Save On Your Next Vacation

We all look forward to that time of year when we can switch off the computer or down tools and plan a little vacation time. Whether you are vacationing alone, with family or with a group of friends, it always feels so much better when you know that you got a good deal. It might have been a free hotel room upgrade, a cheaper flight, a good deal on currency or free drinks upon arrival. Whatever it is, it feels good!

There are lots of ways you can save on your next vacation and whilst you might have to spend a few hours online or looking out for in-store deals, it will be worth that extra effort.

How to save on your next vacation

1.   Plan And Book Your Paid Excursions Ahead

Whether you fancy a safari adventure, a cultural sightseeing tour or a trip to a market town for some shopping, it makes sense to book your excursions before you go. Book direct with the company offering the excursions to avoid the charges that hotels and street traders often add to the real value of your excursion. You’ll also avoid being caught out by ‘fake’ excursions where you pay for an excursion that doesn’t exist.

2.  Stock Up On Vacation Essentials

There are always lots of deals to be had in-store and online for those holiday items you cannot be without. Whether you prefer a certain shampoo, need to stock up on sun lotion or you want to take your favourite fragrance with you, it’s a great idea to look out for deals on these products before you travel. Stocking up on toiletries early on will also help you to avoid a major expense close to your vacation. Spread the cost, save coupons and vouchers and keep your eyes peeled for those exclusive deals.

3.  Research The Best Currency Deals Online

There is no excuse today to be caught out by a poor deal on your currency exchange. Specialist currency comparison sites are there to help you find live exchange rate deals and to strike as soon as you see a deal that is too good to miss. These sites allow you to find reputable foreign exchange specialists who are offering you a much better deal than you can expect to find at your bank or even at the airport bureau de change.

4.  Book Early And Gain Access To Great Discounts

Holiday companies love to have their books full early during the year and especially during the low season. That’s why they will often give the best deals to those booking early, those repeat business customers and those who don’t mind travelling during the quieter or cooler times of the year.

5.  Share A Villa Or Holiday Home With Others

Splitting the cost of your holiday with others is a great idea if you want the best accommodation for less. Just think what kind of villa you could afford if you could get 10 of your friends together to share the cost. Whether you are vacationing in Europe or the USA, there are some great deals to be found on accommodation. Just make sure you choose people you get along with. A fortnight can be a very long time if you don’t choose wisely!

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I am an avid travel blogger and entrepreneur. I co-founded the award winning comparison website MyTravelMoney. Recently, I set up the Travel Blogger University – with the goal of inspiring the next wave of ambitious travel writers.

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