Are you and your loved ones desperate for a break away from the stress of daily life? If so, a hard-earned vacation is just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, vacations are not cheap. The great news is that it is possible to keep travel-related costs to a minimum. If you plan strategically and know where to look! Read on for a handful of excellent ideas for budget-friendly travel.
Caravan holidays are a fantastic way in which to reduce the cost of accommodation during your time away. Along with lower costs, you will also enjoy:
- the benefits of increased freedom in terms of moving from caravan park to caravan park (as opposed to staying in just one hotel for the duration of your vacation)
- Bringing your favorite home comforts along with you
- Getting closer to nature – caravan holidays make it easier to disconnect from technology and explore the wide-open spaces around you
- Getting to know other like-minded holidaymakers
- Choosing various levels of comfort – there are luxury caravan holiday experiences available, as well as ultra-affordable standard caravan holiday experiences available
Keep it local
If your budget doesn’t allow for international travel right now, why not take the opportunity to explore some local hidden gems? You may be surprised at just how enjoyable a local vacation can be – especially when you aren’t stressing about making ends meet. Plus, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a significant amount of damage to the travel industry, local travel suppliers could use your support to rebuild what was lost slowly.
Scour the internet for savings
You are bound to find numerous airlines and hotels offering discounted packages if you take the time to do your research online. If your schedule is quite flexible, keep an eye out for last-minute package deals and be ready to snap them up as soon as you come across them. With COVID-related cancellations putting a strain on travel suppliers, more of these types of deals are available than ever before. Take full advantage of them, and you are set to save big.
Book mid-week flights
According to farecompare.com, the best and most affordable time to fly is on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. Furthermore, the most expensive days on which to fly are Fridays and Sundays. Remember this when comparing flight prices.
If you must fly over the weekend, look out for those less popular flights, such as the super early flights and lunchtime flights, as these often cost a little bit less. Finally, you can save a bit of money by opting to book connecting flights rather than a direct flight. While it is less convenient and might extend your travel time somewhat, connecting flights are almost always significantly cheaper.
The bottom line is that you can save lots of money by conducting research, keeping your vacation simple, as well as by being strategic about where you go and how you fly. If you have yet to find a deal that complements your budget, don’t give up. Everyone deserves a break after the year that was 2020.