Contribution from Fast Cover Travel Insurance.
Everyone wants the best deal when it comes to organising a holiday – whether you’re a backpacker traveling on a tight budget or you’re planning to splash out on a five star hotel with a view of the ocean. But with thousands of travel hacks articles online, it’s not always a simple task to find the quick and easy tips to avoid spending more than you have to overseas.
If you’re focussed on making every dollar count, make sure you keep these tips in mind!
Take the time to find cheap flights
Finding the best deal on flights can take time, but when it can mean saving a few hundred dollars it’s well worth it! Fast Cover travel insurance’s ‘2016 Genius Travel Hacks and Tips’ infographic suggests you’ll find the cheapest flights leaving on a Tuesday, Wednesday or on the weekend. Compare a few days to confirm. You can also compare the prices of different airlines for those days. Going to comparison websites such as Skyscanner and Kayak is a great way to start your research.
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Buy travel insurance directly
Travel insurance provides that all important cover for emergency situations, though you’ll often find prices can vary greatly for similar policies. When looking for travel insurance, go directly to a travel insurance company and you may find you get a better price. Take the time to compare policies and the benefits they offer to ensure you get this best deal.
Look to Airbnb or Housesitting websites to save on accommodation
Hotels can be expensive. Hostels can be cheap, though sometimes crowded. When you’re looking for accommodation, extend your search to Airbnb and housesitting websites. If you haven’t heard of housesitting, this is where people allow you to stay in their home while they’re away rent-free, though you will have to keep the house clean and tidy or maybe collect mail or feed a pet. Either of these options offer great deals on accommodation.
Suspend your membership at home
You’re not going to be using pay-TV, the gym or perhaps even your phone while you’re travelling, so suspend these memberships and payments! It’s an easy way to avoid wasting money.
Download free communication apps
Using mobile data overseas is often expensive. Instead, arm yourself with free apps that will allow you to stay in touch whenever you have WiFi. You can check out WhatsApp, Skype and WeChat as a start, but there’s plenty out there!
Use a credit or debit card with no ATM fees
Paying $3 each time you withdraw money from an ATM is not always necessary. Investigate banks that will allow you to withdraw money overseas at no extra cost. CitiBank and Charles Schwab are examples.
These are a few of the simplest ways you can save money on travelling. Make every dollar count and the money you save can be put towards future travels!