With holiday season fast approaching we wanted to find out all the tips, tricks and hacks we could! We decided to dedicate our latest #HolidayChat on Twitter to hacks to make your next getaway that little bit easier, and hopefully cheaper too. Be sure to read on for some great tips…
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I think being open to where you're going to go. If you're set on one destination you're not going o make the most of any deals! #HolidayChat— Tasha (@tashajsteel) March 6, 2019
It takes effort but I make sure I browse all the price comparison websites and then when I narrow it down, I try going direct just in case they have a better deal that way. Its lots of time and lots of browsers! #HolidayChat pic.twitter.com/bsQQcwDcn8— Michaela (@HeyImMichaela) March 6, 2019
1) Sign up to all the mailing lists, especially @jacksflightsUK, and take advantage of flight sales! I also like to price up all the different options - tour vs solo travel, car hire vs transfers - so I feel confident I've got the right price.— Lost in Adventures (@lostinadvntrs) March 6, 2019
I always book my flights+hotel+car together as you save a lot of money booking as a bundle #HolidayChat— Michael (@swimforce01) March 6, 2019
Tourist traps seemed to be the most popular answer, along with animal tourism!
Not doing your research before you go - particularly if you have kids #HolidayChat— Mother Distracted, Family Lifestyle Blog In Wales (@lindahobbis) March 6, 2019
As a serial planner, I would say not planning ahead and wasting your time. I work full time so holiday is valuable. Do your research, find the good places to eat, plan the trips/hikes you want to do etc. There's nothing worse than feeling frustrated & missing out. #HolidayChat— Lost in Adventures (@lostinadvntrs) March 6, 2019
Excursions can be overpriced In Iceland we saw a Northern Lights Tour for £100. We hired a car for the week between 4 for £200 instead of paying £400 for the tour. Of course there no guarantee of seeing the lights, so I'd have been gutted if I'd paid for the tour #HolidayChat— __ClaireMac (@__ClaireMac) March 6, 2019
Tourist traps for sure, restaurants that look nice but are overpriced. Look for smaller places with good trip advisor ratings. You can also make mistakes with airport taxis. Booking in advance is best or finding public transport, never jump in a taxi.— Jennifer Durrans (@JenniferDurrans) March 6, 2019
Staying super central, only using cabs and taxis everywhere.— Michaela (@HeyImMichaela) March 6, 2019
Staying further out lets you explore a lesser known neighbourhood and I'm a big believer in walking as much as possible around a new city! It helps you connect with your location easier. #HolidayChat pic.twitter.com/1K1l47jKKz
With plenty of hacks from keeping spreadsheets of your spends to taking packed lunches, there were plenty of things to help keep costs down.
Split my money into different days so if I over spend one day I know to be careful the next. Also I try to book accommodation with breakfast so you can eat a big meal first thing then have something small for lunch #HolidayChat— Gabriella Tavani (@GabbiTavani) March 6, 2019
Do more research on free museum days or discounts, walk instead of uber (you get to see more!), try local bakeries and cafes (which are often cheaper), and research places that locals love (don't get sucked in by tourist traps if they're not good value!) #HolidayChat— Michaela (@HeyImMichaela) March 6, 2019
A3) Pre-booking, using discount vouchers and codes. Lots of research and checking when things may be less popular, deals are there to be had #HolidayChat— Josh B (@jb_new) March 6, 2019
1. Plan ahead so you don’t have any unexpected expenses.— Trippa (@TrippaTrips) March 6, 2019
2. Learn to use the local public transport system, so you’re not tempted to use taxis.
3. If eating out, find somewhere nice away from the tourist traps.
4. Use bakeries, cafes and 7/11 shops for drinks and food.
#HolidayChat A4: Hm. I got free entry to the main museum in Reykjavik cos it was a National Day!— Barefoot Backpacker (@RTWBarefoot) March 6, 2019
The New York Pass is such a good money saver, gets you in to a lot of sights and museums and also had a Woodbury common voucher when I purchased! #HolidayChat— Gabriella Tavani (@GabbiTavani) March 6, 2019
A4) Booked a garden view room in Monterey on @bookingcom free cancellation. Check prices a month later and got a sea view room, same hotel, same dates for £200 less! Cancelled, rebooked and saw dolphins from our bed :) #HolidayChat— Lost in Adventures (@lostinadvntrs) March 6, 2019
Also my packing cubes are a lifesaver, see them mentioned all the time on different travel Facebook groups and they make packing so much easier #HolidayChat— Gabriella Tavani (@GabbiTavani) March 6, 2019
A5) Instead of buying leech socks for our jungle stay in Borneo, we just used duct tape to stick our hiking socks to our leggings - leech proof, cheap and very smug. Our fellow hikers, kitted out in expensive socks, were very impressed. #HolidayChat pic.twitter.com/AJWvSYZZD4— Lost in Adventures (@lostinadvntrs) March 6, 2019
A5 I recently tagged on a side trip to #Nepal after a work trip to #India which made it affordable to fly there and it was a great way to unwind after a busy few days of meetings. #HolidayChat pic.twitter.com/miomyUGqVv— Michael (@swimforce01) March 6, 2019
Join us on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 8pm over on Twitter for our next #HolidayChat! Got a topic suggestion? Drop us a tweet - @icelollyholiday!