There was a time when several generations of one family could be found living in the same street and visiting the grandchildren meant popping round the corner. Times have changed and modern family life often means families are spread out across the country and long-distance trips are a fact of life for more and more of us. Travelling by train is a great way to visit friends and family [...]
8 ways to save money on a holiday abroadCreated by Charlotte in Travel
كيف تحصل على المال من اليوتيوب برنامج التداول فوركس Here we give you 8 more ways to make your summer holiday as inexpensive as possible, writes Jasmine Birtles of Moneymagpie. From cashback and currency deals to cheap calls and free guide books, you’ll be able to save pounds – and euros and dollars and…!
- Get cashback on your holiday
- Try alternative transport
- Get cheap foreign currency
- Get cheap roaming calls
- Stay out of the Eurozone and the US
- Avoid the summer holidays abroad
- Get free guide books
- Get discount vouchers
1. Get cashback on your holiday
bforex If you find your holiday on a high-profile online search engine such as Expedia, you can get paid to buy it through a cashback site! On average, the payout will be roughly 2.5% of the price of the holiday, but some providers pay up to 10% cashback, giving you a 10% discount on your holiday. There are many sites to choose from. For booking a holiday, Rpoints has a large number of relevant merchants – if you buy your holiday through them, you can earn cashback.
2. Try alternative transport
الفوركس على شبكة الإنترنت Planes are not the only way to travel – taking a bus, coach or train could be cheaper. The low prices offered by Megabus.com has forced other bus companies, especially National Express, to offer competitive fares. As a result, you can now travel to lots of UK destinations in a really nice coach for a single fare of just £1. National Express also has two types of annual family Coach Cards for travel across the UK:
- ’2plus2′ for £16, which allows two full fare-paying adults to take two children for free, and
- ’1plus1′, which is just right for you and your grandchild alone, for just £8.
معدل الفوركس في باكستان In addition, National Express owns Eurolines, which operates all over Europe and has coach fares to Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam and other destinations for just £17 single. You can also get bargain train fares if you’re well prepared. Advance single tickets offer no flexibility in terms of changing the time and date of your travel, but they’re the cheapest option – as much as 80% cheaper! However, these tickets are usually not available for peak times and not all train companies offer them. You can compare UK fares using The Trainline. Getting around in Europe is incredibly cheap by train. I recommend the Raileurope website for booking in France and southern Europe. Also check out Momondo.com, where you can compare the prices of flights and train journeys to the same destination.
3. Get cheap foreign currency
أفضل ثنائي الخيار بوت Buying foreign currency ‘commission free’ doesn’t mean you’re achieving the best rate – you’ll still need to look carefully at how much you’re getting for your sterling. Rates at airports are generally rubbish. On the high street, Travelex will refund you the difference if you can find a better rate elsewhere. You can also order currency from them online and then pick it up from any of their bureaux de change. A good alternative to cash, and one that’s safer than taking your own credit card, is a travel money card. These prepaid cards are designed especially for spending abroad, with no charges for foreign transactions or for withdrawing cash abroad. A good one is the Caxton FX Global Traveller card, which is completely free for all transactions except withdrawing cash in the UK and can be used in any establishment where Mastercard is accepted. It also guarantees better exchange rates than you’ll usually find.
4. Get cheap roaming calls
click The cost of using your mobile as you ‘roam’ abroad is high, both for calling and receiving, but it’s still the most convenient way of communicating with those at home. There are two solutions to this problem. With an international SIM card, you are charged nothing to receive calls and less to make them than via your UK network. These are the main providers:
- Go SIM
Alternatively, you can abandon your mobile and get a prepaid international phone card. You’ll get a lot more minutes for your money using one of these than from your mobile, but you’ll have to dial a local or free access number before you can use the card. This means you’ll have to find a public payphone, and beware: you often get fewer minutes than advertised when you use the freephone access number. Planet Phone Cards has a huge selection of cheap phone cards, or you can get one online from the Post Office.
5. Stay out of the Eurozone and the US
The pound is weak right now, so to get the most from your money, try to avoid countries that have the euro as their currency. Places such as Turkey or the Czech Republic are great tourist destinations and don’t have the euro. In addition, the cost of living is generally much cheaper there, so you don’t just get more currency for your sterling, but more for your money once you’ve exchanged it. It’s also a good idea to give the United States a miss at the moment – the pound has seriously declined against the dollar. But keep an eye out for currency fluctuations. The situation may have changed radically next time you’re thinking of booking a holiday, which could have implications on where you decide to go.
6. Avoid the summer holidays abroad
We know that you can’t always avoid going away during your own summer holidays, but the dates of summer holidays in different European countries are often staggered and may not fall at the same times as British summer holidays. Check with the local tourist office for the summer holiday dates and plan to take your holiday outside of those. This will help you save on the cost of accommodation, activities and even travel once you get there.
7. Get free guide books
Your local library will let you borrow guide books completely free. You can even sort out extended loans on books if you are going to be away longer than the usual loan period. Alternatively, just renew online. But make sure that you return your books in good condition! If it’s recommendations you want, there are tons of online travel guides that you can look through before you go. Check out:
8. Get discount vouchers
Online voucher and promotional code sites are not the most reliable, but they do sometimes have functional codes that can get you money off your flights, hotel booking or even holiday package. The big names are:
A useful website:
Moneymagpie.com for money-saving tips on everything from fun days out to health and beauty. For instance, for the ins and outs of voucher codes, from the best ones to use to the ones to avoid, see Moneymagpie’s guide to voucher codes: Being clever with codes.
Jasmine Birtle has published a great book on investing: Beat the Banks (Amazon, £7.19).