How do I save money online for my next holiday?
Holidays are great aren’t they, but can sting the wallet a bit. I recently came back from some winter sun in the volcanic Lanzarote, Canary Islands, just off North West Africa, in January. I saved £100s by creating my own package holiday and it was actually easy and didn’t take long. Save money online by following these simple tips:
I went in January, off-peak is usually the cheapest. The rule of thumb is if you don’t have any children; go when the children are not on holiday breaks. If you do, you can still use the tips below to save money.
I used Skyscanner to compare flights and managed to get a return for £80. Tip: Avoid the weekend and go earlier in the week (usually a lot cheaper)
I bought Admiral insurance (Admiral.co.uk) for the year at £23.29 as I had planned a few trips (this saves me time and money for the next trip). I bought the insurance through Quidco Compare travel insurance and benefited from £2.79 cashback.
I used Booking.com (a hotel comparison site) to narrow down hotels based on location, deals of the week and good reviews. I managed to grab some good bargains, often averaging only £50/night with a pool. Later on in the trip, I wanted the unique/cultural experience of staying in a local’s own accommodation,
so I used Airbnb (a comparison site for homes) to find some even better deals. You need to usually stay 3 nights minimum, but often the prices were £30/night.
Getting around there
Always look at wikitravel.com before you go to a place. In Lanzarote, it was actually cheaper to hire a car for a few days than get a return taxi to the airport. It only cost £10 a day to hire a car. I recommend booking beforehand on europcar.com to get the best rate.
Overall by spending a small amount of time on the tips above, I had more freedom and more money to spend on the actual holiday – surfing lessons in my case.
Any holiday tips you have, please share below. Please tell us about a reasonably priced holiday.