Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:01 PM PST
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:42 PM PST
If you’re anything like me, there’s probably nothing you look forward to more than going away on holiday. Even though ongoing problems in the global economy have meant many people have been forced to cut their non-essential expenditure, I think it’d be a mistake to believe this means you have to forgo taking a break altogether. Far from it, in fact.
What the continued squeeze on spending that many people face does mean, however, is that you’ll have to take a much more cash-conscious approach towards arranging your holiday. Luckily, there are many ways that this can be done. To find out more about how you can have a fantastic holiday that doesn’t break the bank, read on.
Be sensible with your choice of destination and hotel
Instead, you should look at places that are a little closer to home. Spain and Portugal have long been favourites among budget-conscious holidaymakers. These short-haul destinations are not only relatively cheap to travel to (numerous budget airlines run routes here) but also contain a wealth of comfortable, yet reasonably-priced, accommodation.
I also advise you to spend time comparing deals on flights from a range of providers before making a booking. The first flight you find is unlikely to be the most competitive one available and I instead recommend you use a price comparison site to establish what a fair rate is before you part with any cash.
Pick a shuttle transfer over an airport taxi
Be canny with exchanging currency
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t exchange money at the airport just before your flight takes off. The exchange rates offered here are notorious for being extremely uncompetitive!
I’ve only looked at a few of the things you can do to help minimise the costs involved with going away, but if you have got any more tips please share them by leaving a comment below.
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