Getting the best deal on your holiday is an important part of booking your trip. My Favourite Voucher Codes has compiled the essential checklist to minimise those extra costs when taking your much needed or planned trip.
Holiday Essentials every Trip Needs
Airport Parking – Did you know that booking your airport parking online can save you up to 72% of the cost. Booking through a comparison site like Parking at Airports ensures that you make more savings than booking directly or through your holiday company. Comparison widgets allow you to compare the services offered and the prices of each service.
Exchange Money –In most circumstances it is better value if you order your money ahead of time rather than leaving it to the airport, you can even pick it up from the airport but buy online. This allows you to take advantage of the savings with ultimate convenience. whichfx.com can also offer advice on the safety of using your debit card abroad as protecting your money is as important as buying it
Save Money at Home whilst Your are Away
Set the Timer – If you are going away in the summer the heating won’t be an issue but if it’s the winter, you can turn the heating off almost completely as its cheaper than constant low. Set the heating for just an hour between 3-4am to protect your pipes from freezing when the temperature is at its lowest. Setting the timer and not leaving it on low for your trip can save you a few pounds.
Fill the Fridge – Did you know that your fridge operates more effectively when full. In the few days before you holiday when you run the hot tap fill up containers while the water is warming. Fill your fridge with the containers and jugs before you go away and ensure that your fridge is full and working effectively and cheaply.
Turn off the TV – Money Saving experts advise that you can save £50-£80 a year by turning your appliances (TV, DVD etc) rather than leaving them on standby. Just don’t turn off the smart box or the kids won’t forgive you when they miss a Game of Thrones episode.
Extra Money Saving Tips at The Airport
Airport Lounges – Hidden costs can creep in when going away and who budgets for the airport? Most airports now have VIP lounges that give you access to all inclusive drinks and food whilst in the airport along with access to comfy seating, power points and magazines. These lounges fluctuate in price but the most expensive is at Heathrow at £40 a head. Research shows that the average person spends £52 at the airport so even at Heathrow you are looking at £12 saving per person and no limit to how many biscuits the kids want.
Weigh Your Luggage – We cannot stress how important it is to weigh your luggage before the airport. Top airlines can add extra charges of up to €50 if you go over your baggage allowance and hit 23kg for a large suitcase. Simple luggage scales cost just £5, be small enough to take away and save you money outward and inward flights.
Research Your Destination to Save More
By carrying out research on where you are going you can find the cheapest restaurant to eat in, plus vouchers for trips and tours.
Our Bargain hunter recently went to Rome and with her obvious bargain expertise saved money on several areas of her holiday. She found an old-fashioned restaurant La Spageterria (around the corner form Trevi Fountain) that does authentic pasta dishes starting at €5. Using our very own voucher codes our bargain hunter saved 7% on a Hop on Hop Off Bus tour of the city. And for a more personal experience the family did a walking tour that was entirely free – tips are discretionary.
Her research showed she could take advantage of free entry to the Colosseum on the first Sunday of the month. She saved €39 for a family of four by not taking a tour. But turn up early as queues can be long. Rome also offers the same free entrance on the last Sunday of the month to the Vatican.
From the annual family trip to a once in a lifetime experience, finding the savings and discounts for your trips is so important when booking your holiday. However, ensure that you do not get caught out with unexpected costs. A few practical steps and a little time can save you enough money for some extra treats either whilst you are away or maybe towards to your next trip.
From all of us here at My Favourite Voucher Codes we wish you a Happy Holiday.
Posted By: Tegan Groombridge - 3rd January 2018