Avoid these top 4 Budget Travel Errors when you are planning your next trip away and turn them into money saving tips!
- Not checking all airport options
Failing to check smaller, nearby airports for your destination could mean you pay significantly more for flights. A second airport could be a further 30 minutes away from your destination, but may save you hundreds of dollars if time isn’t critical for your trip. Many cities are served by more than one airport so make sure you know all your flight options before booking your next flight!
- Mismanaging Frequent Flier Points
One of the most common mistakes people make is using points for relatively short trips which often regularly have special priced fares making it much cheaper to purchase these conventionally and save your points for longer, more costly flights. Also, not keeping track of points that may expire, people often loose large blocks of accrued points by not knowing when they expire. Know the length of time your Frequent Flyer program allows you to keep points to maximise the benefit of your hard earned points
- Looking Only at Hotels
There are so many more economical accommodation options available these days. Major hotel chains often charge a premium because they can. Hostels have come a long way and many now offer private family room options. Consider apartments or home swaps for longer stays (also saves on meal costs as you can prepare some of your own!). Other options are: B&B style options where families rent out rooms in their houses, cabins in camp grounds around popular tourist towns, universities/colleges often rent dormitories when out of school term times, convents or older historical buildings have sleeping options as well. There are many quirky accommodation options available at reasonable costs so do some research before you book for your next trip and see how much money you can save.
- Overpacking and Overpaying for bulky baggage
These days with many airlines charging for luggage, it is very costly if you over pack for your trip from the outset and you pay even more on the return once you have all your souvenirs. Heavy luggage may restrict you taking cheaper ground transport if bags can’t fit or are too bulky to manage on shuttles, busses or trains and will make it exhausting work to carry bulky bags up many flights of stairs which many budget accommodations seem to have. If you take these few points into consideration when planning your next holiday you should see some good savings. These you can put into the next holiday fund or treat yourself with some extra shopping whilst away! Happy Travels Julie