6 smart tips for paying less when you travel

Everyone loves to travel on holiday. Exploring new places and getting away from your daily 9-5 is great. But nobody likes how much it can cost to go on holiday. Accommodation, transport, food, and activities – there are a lot of costs to factor into your overall budget.

Fortunately, there are simple ways you can save money when you travel. If you plan ahead and do your research, you can easily end up paying less than you might think. We'll show you how with six great money-saving tips:

1. Find somewhere up-and-coming

It's harder to find a bargain in popular places. Places like hotels and restaurants set their prices knowing some people will be willing to fork out the additional expense to stay in premium locations.

As such, one of the best ways you can save money is by choosing a location that's yet to get loads of attention from tourists. The Lonely Planet picked countries like Canada, Colombia, Finland, Nepal, Myanmar, and Ethiopia in their best places to travel in 2017. Use lists like this as a starting point to find somewhere you'd love to go, but isn't yet on everyone's must-visit list.

2. Travel at cheap times

Booking a flight for late at night or early in the morning can save you money, as they are the least popular times to travel. If you want to get a bargain, you have to be willing to stay up or wake up earlier than the hordes. It might seem like effort, but your budget will be better off for it. Think of the money you save as additional spending money and you'll soon be convinced an early morning is worth it.

3. Learn to haggle

Did you know haggling can save you at least 20-50% off the original asking price? Yet 49% of people never even try. Although some people are naturally better than others are negotiating a lower price, everyone get can better with a bit of practice. As long as you don't reveal how much you're willing to pay early on, you've got some leverage to haggle with people. Test it out at market stalls, before trying your luck with an upgrade at your hotel.

4. Sign up to email updates

To get the latest offers and updates from hotels, airlines and other relevant holiday providers, you should sign up to their email updates. We understand that promotional emails can be frustrating at times – but it is one of the best ways to be amongst the first to know about good deals.

If you'd rather not fill your inbox up, consider following your favourite providers on social media. More so than ever, companies are engaging with key platforms to reach out to potential consumers. They'll use these sites to announce offers, so keep an eye out. There'll probably be some competitions you could enter to get a few freebies as well (although they tend to want your email).

5. Fly indirectly

Making your journey longer might sound like a nightmare – but flying indirectly has its advantages. First of all, it will save you money. In fact, The Telegraph reckon you could save up to 50% of flights by taking a little diversion. They found flights from London to Malaga, on the same dates, for more than £50 cheaper if you were willing to spend a couple of hours in Copenhagen on the way home.

If you plan it well, you could get to see another location on your holiday. Spending a bit of time in a lovely city on your way home is no bad way of breaking up travel.

6. Weigh and measure your luggage

The last thing you want when going on holiday is to be hit with unexpected costs at the airport. But this can easily happen if you're not careful with the size and weight of your luggage. Make sure you check the airline's small print on how much you can check in and carry as hand luggage.

Other unexpected hidden holiday costs could include: data roaming, pet care, and resort fees. The earlier you plan your trip, the more likely you are to spot where a surprise expense might come from.

How do you save money when your travel? We'd love to hear your suggestions and recommendations for making the most of a holiday budget.

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