Are you thinking about going on holiday? While travel can be expensive, there are lots of great ways before and along the way to save. Let’s explore some of the possibilities.
(please note that while travelling during COVID, all health procedures must be followed, for more info, please visit Canada.ca or your countries health resource)
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Staying In Touch
One of the most expensive parts of travelling (next to flights and hotel) that people often overlook is keeping in touch. Chances are you’ll want to remain in contact with people at home. We’ve all heard the stories of people left with 1200 dollar bills after making calls on vacation, or massive data overages coasting hundreds. While this can be expensive on your typical contract, there are options like chargebacks. When sending recharge credit to Pakistan, England, South Africa, America or any other country you can think of, you’ll find it’s far cheaper to stay in touch with people you love.
When it comes to data (using apps), to keep your bill down, it’s best to do all the tasks you can on wifi. Most hotels nowadays do offer wifi on the property, so use it. (make sure to charge your devices before you set out)
You might also want to think about how you are planning and booking your flights. Flying is often one of the most expensive elements of a vacation. First, choose a flight company that offers a rewards program, or is part of one, and then stick to it as much as possible. As you fly, you’ll be able to build up your miles, and that will help you save on other flights in the future, or even get a few for almost nothing.
For example, I often fly with Air Canada and collect Aeroplan points towards free flights in the future. Most airlines offer incentive programs, so find what’s on offer in your area, and how you can make it work for you.
You might also want to think about booking the flights at the last minute. While this is a risky game, you can save a lot if there are enough cancellations.
What About Other Transport?
You might like to book a private car when you are going on vacation or adventure. While this is understandable, it’s often not necessary. If you think about it, most locations have a reliable infrastructure in place. You can rely on public transport systems and save an absolute fortune. You might even be able to get a travel card if you are planning to stick around a little longer than your typical vacation.
I’ve done this in cities all over the world, from right here in Toronto, to NYC, to Barcelona, and I’ll tell you, it adds up how much money you save along the way.
Booking At The Right Time
Are you booking a package holiday? If so, then it can be worth ensuring that you book at the right time. Some places are a lot more budget-friendly if you can book as far in advance as possible. For instance, you’ll often find that places like Disney World are far more budget-friendly when you book precisely one year before when you are planning to leave.
As they say, timing is everything, and from deals we’ve seen over the years, it seems that there are two ways to get a fantastic deal, book far in advance, aka over a year, or book last minute, aka ten days or less in advance.
Live Like A Local
Finally, if you are heading to a location for an extended period, then it’s important to approach things the right way. People often find that living in a different country costs them an absolute fortune. It’s usually because they remain intent on living like a tourist. Instead, it would help if you lived like a local. Shop where they shop, eat where they eat and live how they live. You’ll find that things are a lot more affordable because their routine will match the culture of the location.
Do what the locals do is also a great rule of thumb when travelling as well.
So if you are going to travel, have an adventure or just a weekend getaway, make sure to be safe, be prepared, and have fun!