There is a serious and relatively clear divide between the kind of money-saving travel tips that actually work and those that offer absolutely no practical worth whatsoever to any of us in the real world. Sadly, the latter of the two categories happens to be the most sparsely populated to say the least, with most having found that their only apparent option is to bite the bullet and pay over the odds.
However, for those willing to exercise a little cunning and invest a little pro-activity there are in fact ways and means by which to save a bundle on travel costs. True, some come at the expense of luxuries and in some instances maybe a little pride, but when it comes to saving cash in the face of sky-rocketing travel and transfer costs, pretty much anything’s fair-game…right?
Flying Without Wings
The number of UK holidaymakers that seem to forget on an annual basis that there are forms of transport other than flying is spectacular. Even those no further north than Manchester frequenting holiday cottages in Cornwall make the decision year after year to “take the hassle” out of the trip by flying, when all they’re really doing is needlessly emptying their pockets. Not only is flying across the UK seldom the cheapest option on the cards, but once you’ve added in transfer, check-in and general waiting times, chances are you can have already arrived for much less.
If insistent on flying, why not consider making it a bit of a game with yourself to see exactly how far your hand-luggage allowance will go? Especially when travelling to warmer climes where you’ll be wearing next to nothing, there’s no sense in NOT trying to first fit everything you need into your hand luggage and saving a good £25 or so per person each way. And don’t be fooled into thinking it’s worth the extra to take your own toothpaste, shower gel, hair mousse and so on and so forth – they do have shops where you’re going, you know?
Here’s where the balance between pride and personal savings comes into the matter, as who’s to say you can’t bulk-up and wear as many layers as possible to cut down on baggage costs? I have personally been known to check in wearing three pairs of jeans, four hats and with most of my underwear stuffed into my jacket pockets – and pocket £50 savings per round-trip for my troubles!
Explore the various payment methods your “affordable” airline of choice offers, as some certain examples that shall not be name here will fleece you for up to a tenner per person per way, depending on the credit or debit card you use. If travelling often, it might be worth investing in one of the cards they don’t take you to the cleaners with – most of which are free anyway.
Last but not at all least, if you’re one of those that has little choice BUT to pay the premium for 20 kg suitcases, you feel the need to get on the plane first and plan to have a drink or two on the way, there is a very, very good chance you’d be better flying with a standard carrier rather than a budget airline. Never forget that the “budget” moniker applies only to the ticket – for everything else they will hang you upside-down and shake every last penny out of your pockets…figuratively speaking, of course.