The penny-pinching experts at PromotionalCodes.org.uk have revealed their top nine hacks for achieving a cost-effective vacation.
From avoiding the hotel mini bar to shopping tax-free, these hacks are everything there is to know about how to avoid splashing the cash on holiday.
Darren Williams of PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “A holiday is an event everyone looks forward to and works towards throughout the year.
“No matter what type of holiday appeals the most, these travel tips are fool-proof ways to have an enriching break whilst being money-savvy.
“Whether vacationing closer to home or venturing further afield, getting the most out of a holiday for the lowest price is always a win.”
Here are the top nine hacks to save money on holiday:
Ensure your EHIC is valid
If you’re holidaying in Europe it’s a wise idea to make sure your European Health Insurance Card is valid, as it entitles you to the same treatment as a local and won’t cost you a penny.
Turn off 3G/4G data roaming to avoid charges
If you forget to turn off your 3G/4G you may be in for a pricey shock. Setting your phone to airplane mode whilst abroad can put your mind at ease that your mobile isn’t racking up charges.
Stay away from the highly touristy areas
Everything from restaurants to souvenir shops will be more expensive in the more touristy areas. Heading just five to ten minutes down the road could save you a lot of money.
When dining out don’t eat in squares
Eating in squares, particularly those by famous sights, can cause you to have an overpriced meal as prices are increased due to tourism. Some of the most authentic restaurants can be found down side streets, resulting in a delicious meal and pennies saved.
Choose walking over taxis
Walking is a great way to take in everything a country has to offer, it allows you to stop and admire famous sights and discover hidden gems. The price of taxis and public transport adds up, so walking will eliminate that cost.
Don’t open the hotel mini bar
Hotel mini bars are well-known for greatly pricing up products, so bringing snacks with you from home or stocking up at a local food store can save you a lot of money.
Make use of age discounts
If you’re over 60, under 18 or a student make sure you ask about any possible discounts when in shops, visiting museums or using public transport, and don’t forget to take a valid ID with you.
If you’re holidaying in the EU there’s no tax or duty-free, however if you’re travelling further afield there will be. You can get a refund on the local taxes by shopping in places participating in tax-free shopping for tourists. Keep all your receipts and when back in the UK present them at the airport at the designated counter.
Have a budget
Budgeting on holiday will stop you from spending money you don’t have. Set yourself a daily allowance to cover food, day trips, and shopping. Any money left over at the end of the holiday you can put towards funding your next.