Travel can be expensive, especially when departing from Australia and New Zealand. However, with a little work, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars when you’re booking your next trip and when you’re travelling.
Here are some top ways you can save money on your next trip:
Compare your flights
I begin looking at my flights months before I plan to book. I want to get a good idea of when the cheapest flights are, and note down any dates that could work. I also like to look at what airlines are available and where they have stopovers- just in case I’d like to incorporate a longer stopover into my trip. I look at a variety of airfare websites, including Webjet cheap flights, Skyscanner, Kayak, and more. Once I’m ready to book, I do one last comparison to make sure I’ve got the best possible deal.
It’s a good idea to book your flights as far out from your travel dates as you can. This means that you’re more likely to get a good deal, since the cheaper fares are still available. It also means you will have locked in your dates so you can plan your accommodation accordingly.
If you’re hoping to have an awesome trip while still saving money, you need to be a little open-minded. You may find that a cruise is your best option if you’re hoping to see the Pacific Islands, or Webjet holiday packages could have some great deals available. One of the best things you can do is to be flexible with your dates, travel experience, accommodation, and flights. That way, you can jump on a great deal the moment you see it.
Choose your dates wisely
We all want to escape winter and head to the United States or Europe for a second summer. But unfortunately, this is when prices are at their highest. That doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with winter travel though. Consider booking your trip for spring or autumn, which can give you some incredible sights you would otherwise miss (tulip season in the Netherlands?) and save you plenty of cash. When you travel when everyone else is, you have to deal with the increased prices and massive crowds during those months.
Make a budget
When you’re planning a holiday, you need to budget accordingly. Do some research online so you can figure out approximately how much you’ll need each day. Then, look at your current spending and find ways to cut down on non-essentials so that money can go towards your trip. Avoid planning to “put it all on your credit card” once you’re overseas, as this will just mean you end up in a worse financial situation when you get back.