5 Ways to Pay Less for Your Holiday


Your holidays are among the most important days of the year and you don’t want to miss out on them because of a lack of cash. If you think that your budget is going to be tight for your next holiday then maybe you should consider these tips for making the trip more affordable.

Stay Closer to Home

Going to a far off land and eating exotic food while being mystified by a foreign language is great. However, if your travel budget is more suited to a destination closer to home then there is nothing wrong with that. No matter where you live there are sure to be some interesting places worth seeing which wouldn’t cost a lot to visit. A combined road trip and camping expedition could be your best holiday ever without you even going all that far from home.

Travel in the Low Season

Just about every travel destination on the planet has a high season and a low season. This means that, for example, going to a beach resort in the winter is usually going to be cheaper than going there in the summer. A lot of the time you can still get a great trip in the low season. There will probably be fewer tourists and some of the tourism facilities might be closed but if you just want to get away for a break you won’t mind this. In fact, it could be said that in some places the low season is the best time of year to get to see what the place is really like, as well as the best time to save money.

Book at the Last Minute

Booking a last minute travel deal* can be the best way to get a really low price on your vacation. This is something which might take up a bit of time and could cause you some nervous moments but it will be well worth it in the end if you get a terrific deal at a low cost. There are a number of internet sites which offer you the chance to look for low cost deals at the last minute.

Choose an Emerging Destination

The world’s most popular travel destinations are also often the most expensive places to visit. This means that you might be able to save some money by going somewhere less well known. If you don’t mind coping with less of a tourist infrastructure you might find a wonderful place which is still to be discovered by the mainstream travellers. There is a good chance that this will result in a more authentic experience as well as a cheaper one. The world is full of places which many people neglect to consider for their vacations but which could be ideal for you. Try an internet search on emerging tourist destinations and you will get given some good ideas on possible places.

Be Flexible

The first step to being flexible with your travel plans is to not tie yourself down to just one possible destination. The more open you are to the idea of seeing anywhere you can get a good deal on then the more likely you are to get a good deal. The second step is to think about the date and the time of your flights. The more relaxed you are about the exact details of the trips the more options you are going to be able to choose from. After all, you don’t want to miss out on a fantastic, low cost trip just because the flight leaves in the middle of the night or the day after you want to fly off.

19 Responses to 5 Ways to Pay Less for Your Holiday

  1. Hhhhmmm, interesting tips. It goes to show that you don’t have to break an arm and a leg to afford an awesome vacation/holiday. Emerging travel destinations sounds exciting, you sorta kill two birds with a single stone…go to an exotic tourist destination off the normal mill attractions and do it without denting your wallet! Awesome combo.

  2. Choosing an emerging destination is a great tip. These locations are always a lot less expensive because their prices haven’t been inflated yet due to high tourism.

  3. Kali says:

    Great tips all around! Especially the one about camping – I think too many people overlook this option when they think about vacations and holidays. Some of my favorite (and least expensive) trips have been ones spent camping!

  4. Great tips!
    The easiest way to save money, I think, is to be flexible about where you stay. If you can be open to a wide range of possibilities, its much easier to save some cash.

  5. I’m way too much of a planner to book at the last minute, but I definitely agree that staying close to home saves money. The flight is usually the biggest expense when I travel.

  6. Pauline says:

    I still camp a lot and love it. Went camping in Baja California and woke up to the sound of whales who came to say hi. Or bears in Yosemite. You miss all that from your hotel room. We spent 3 months in the US and usually went camping two days then hotel for a night to get a good night sleep. It saved a ton of money.

    • I don’t know if I should admit this but we went Glamping recently and it did make a nice change to have the outdoor feel but still with a sink and fridge! Maybe we should call it cop-out camping.

  7. Stefanie says:

    I try to combine mini-vacations with work trips as often as possible. That way the two biggest costs- travel and housing are at least partially covered.

  8. Troy says:

    I guess my style of vacationing is different. For me, it’s either a “all expenses paid, no matter how expensive” or “don’t bother going”.

  9. All great tips – after all the holidays are about spending time with friends and family. This shows that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy them!

  10. Great tips, Adam! We have these great “camper cabins” that sleep 5 at our state campgrounds and it’s only about $40 a night. It’s a great medium between tent camping and owning/renting a camper or motor home. Roughing it, but not too terribly rough. 🙂

    • Thanks Laurie, funny you should mention that because we stayed in one of those a few weeks ago! It was brilliant and it worked out well with the kids still being pretty young too.

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