At a time when it seems like everything is becoming more expensive, jet-setting overseas may seem like a bit of a stretch. However, from booking in advance to cooking your own meals, we're here to assure you there are some easy ways to save money and set you off on that long overdue break...
Before you leave
Plan ahead: Preparing well in advance can save you loads of money, from obtaining early booking discounts (as early as a year ahead for cruises), to researching free events coming up in your destination … you could soon be doing something like dancing in the streets at the Paris Music Festival!
Travel off-peak: Avoid not only peak season prices but hoards of tourists by travelling in quiet times (e.g. Europe in winter). Avoid school holidays and Christmas.
Take out travel insurance: This may seem like an 'extra' cost, but in the long run it could save you more money than you bargained for - from medical expenses to lost luggage.
Get cashed up: For an easy start to your holiday, pre-arrange some foreign currency. Rates are very competitive and it's one less thing you need to worry about.
Stay big: If you're travelling with a group and staying in one spot for a few nights, consider splitting the cost of a fully equipped holiday house instead of paying for separate hotel rooms.
While on holiday
Visit the tourist office: Grab a handful of free maps and brochures (scanning them for attraction coupons) and ask about any free events or exhibitions taking place.Walk like an Egyptian: Act like a local and catch local transport rather than a taxi or tourist bus. Better still, go by foot; you never know what you're going to find down a little alleyway.Eat wisely: Restaurants can push costs sky high, so shop locally and cook your own meals or have a picnic in the park. Buy bottled water and snacks from shopping centres rather than corner stores. If you'd like to dine out, find out where the locals eat - not only will they know the cheapest places, but you'll also taste the true flavour of your destination.Find free internet: If you're taking your laptop, track down free wireless internet locations - often at airports, shopping centres and cafes.Use prepaid mobile services: International roaming charges can be outrageous. Take a prepaid mobile phone and buy a local SIM once you arrive, then top up along the way.Buy gifts at markets: Shop for souvenirs at markets rather than glitzy shopping malls and tourist stores.