Tips On Booking A Holiday With A Budget

how to book a holiday on a budget

Travelling has always been a favourite past time of mine, I’m pretty sure I’ve expressed that a lot on this blog and I am very lucky and fortunate enough to be well travelled so far in my life, thus sharing a tip or two on booking holidays on a budget comes quite naturally to me. I’ve always considered myself as quite the organiser, so I do tend to take control when it comes to booking holidays and luckily for me, no one ever complains and just allows me to get on with it, bossy boots you must be thinking, haa, I know. In today’s post, I’ve rounded up five main tips that I always follow when it comes to booking a budget getaway, I do hope you find it useful. Holiday season is fast approaching, so now’s the time to start getting prepared, enjoy!

Research, research, research – Got somewhere in mind that you want to go or perhaps, you’ve seen it in the papers or a magazine or was told by a friend that’s it’s a must visit country? Then make sure you do your research before booking anything. I know of some people who have booked trips to places and had no idea where to go, what to do, how to function just because so and so said to go there. It’s always the best option to find out the location, what’s around the area, what activities there are, what food they have etc to ensure there are no nasty surprises. It’s always better to plan.

Go during low season – Tickets and hotels are always much cheaper if you go during the low season, meaning February to May and September to November because these are the months where there are no long school holidays as well being the non-typical months for a getaway. I know there are the odd few half terms in between, but that shouldn’t make too much of a difference in pricing.

Compare holiday sites/agencies – Always, always, always compare different sites before committing to a booking. There are a lot of agencies out there and if you’re patient and look around, you will find a great deal. Some sites offer discounts if you book a package (flight, hotel, extras) and generally, I find that these are the best deals about. But just make sure you double check the criteria’s you’ve put in to ensure the search engine is able to find you the holiday you want. My current favourite sites to look for deals are Icelolly, On The Beach and Sky Scanner.

Compare travel insurance sites – Like the above, travel insurance is a must to protect against any loss, damages or illnesses, so always use a compare site to find the best choice. Recently, Compare The Market are giving anyone who buys insurance off them 2-for-1 cinema tickets for a year, so you can get double deals with one trip.

Check exchange rates regularly – This is something I would highly recommend doing. Exchange rates change all the time, so it’s always good to keep checking for a good rate and if you see that good rate, nab it and change up some currency. I guarantee you that you will end up with a good amount of cash just before you go rather than get a rubbish rate if you change it last minute at the airport for example.

Do you have any tip on booking budget holidays? If yes, I’d love to know.

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  1. 6th February 2016 / 12:55 am

    We're planning to travel abroad this coming April or May but it's peak season since it's summer here. The bad thing is that we weren't able to plan it ahead. I guess I'll have a hard time looking for promos. Thanks for these tips 🙂

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA // Villa Escudero

    • 6th February 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Ahh, I hope you get to go away to somewhere lovely. xx

  2. 6th February 2016 / 10:25 am

    Very useful! I always try to shop around for prices and go in school term time as it's usually cheaper! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

    • 6th February 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you and definitely. xx

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