Fun in the Sun, this Autumn: Budget Holiday Tips

Holidays are a much looked forward to treat for those in search of a well-deserved break. The only problem is that, for many of us, the cost of a holiday holds us back, and our lack of disposable income means that the dream holiday isn't always possible.
However, there’s still hope! You don’t have to spend a fortune on a no-expense-spared break to some faraway shore where everything costs more than it would at home. With a little careful planning, you can enjoy a holiday with your loved ones without over-stretching your finances. Here are some top tips to get you started.

Last Minute Deals
If you have the flexibility to commit to a last minute deal, this is where you can save big bucks. By booking your flight, or package deal, within a few days of departure, you can often save massive amounts on your holiday. Flight companies will want to fill their plane as much as possible, and if there are any empty seats on the flight, they will sell them at rock bottom prices.

The Holiday Wardrobe
It’s easy to get carried away with a summer holiday wardrobe, but if you’re trying to do things on a budget, you need to try and keep the cost of your holiday gear to a minimum. Chances are, you’ll already have most things that you need tucked away in your wardrobe, but if you do want some new clothes, shop on a budget rather than spending a fortune on the high street. The range of swimsuits from George, for example, are far more affordable than designer gear, without shirking on quality.

All Inclusive
It may seem like you are spending more on an all-inclusive break than you would on a normal package holiday, but when you take into account what they include, you’ll see just how much you can save, especially if you’re travelling as a family. You won’t have to worry about spending money at all once you’re there, because your resort will have everything you could possibly need. Ice creams all round!

Limit the Souvenirs
It’s natural to be tempted to spend money on goodies to bring home with you from your holiday. Whether it’s duty free goods or souvenirs from the destination, people of all ages will cram their suitcases with clothes, crafts, food items, perfumes and the typical bric-a-brac that holiday resorts tout. Hold back and don’t spend on this sort of stuff, and you will massively reduce how much spending money you will need.

Travel Out of Peak Season
The height of the summer, out of term time, is when holiday operators can hike up their prices by thousands of pounds. It can often spiral out of control, and the same can be said for half terms during the year. However, if you travel outside of these times, such as mid-September, or November, you will be able to take advantage of prices that are much more appealing.

It’s not impossible to enjoy a holiday in the sun this year, even on a shoestring, there’s always next year! Be sensible, and save money in as many ways as possible, and you’ll be sunning yourself abroad in no time. 

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