We all love our much awaited holiday – we don’t all however love the cost involved. On average people spend 2,542.15€ over a 2-week period whilst on holiday. Hotels, flights, transportation, food, etc. – all contribute to a whopping final bill. The following saving tips for your trip might go some way to alleviate the burden.
From our latest Auto Europe survey, it is clear to see that many enjoy to splash out during their holidays – if not more so the Swedish, who according to our “People on Holiday” survey spend an eye-watering 5,817.07€!
If cost cutting is on your agenda and you worry about spending too much on holiday, then these following tips may go some way to alleviating your woes.
Saving tips 1: Eat smartly & cut down on food spending
Often on holiday, eating out is one of the most expensive things you can do. Often ending up in tourist areas, food can be over-inflated in price. A good alternative is to pre-book your hotel with breakfast included. Many hotels now provide a good selection of breakfasts, from continental to a full English breakfast, included or at very affordable prices. The buffet breakfasts are even better and allow you to eat as much as you can before you head off sightseeing.
Whilst in town, try and pop into a local supermarket and pick up some supplies. From bread, snacks, fruits to sandwich fillers, your local supermarket will have everything you need to take back to your hotel. Just make sure it is a place where the locals shop and you should be pleasantly surprised at how much you’ll save.
Saving tips 2: Shop smartly & buy away from tourist areas
Often many of us love to shop whilst abroad. The urge to splash out on things you can often get back at home anyway is immense. Buying souvenirs for family and friends doesn’t have to break your budget. Try and avoid tourist locations when buying such things. Instead think of trying some local stores and bringing back much more personalised items – for example, a box of local tea. Avoiding those unused “I love Amsterdam” T-shirts, can save you money.
Were permitted, haggling can save you loads of money too. Not for everyone, but if you’re a sales minded person; you can normally make great savings. Make sure you have a minimum budget in mind and simply walk away if the seller is unwilling to meet it. You’ll find that 90% of the time, they’ll back down and you’ll return to your hotel with a sense of achievement.
Saving tips 3: Travel smartly & use credit cards as a solution
It is inevitable that you will need to carry cash whilst travelling. It is advisable that instead of carrying large amounts of money, you instead use your credit card. Not only does it provide some purchaser and fraud protection, it can also be the most cost effective way to shop. Often credit card transactions come at no additional cost and a minimum % if exchanging currency via its usage. For an additional charge, you are even able to withdraw from an ATM machine. Some companies also now allow you to hold multiple currency accounts under one card – which means no transaction costs.
Saving tips 4: Car hire smartly & save on your car rentals
It is always nice to be able to have the freedom to move around without having to resort to public transportation. It can also be more cost effective too. Auto Europe with its global reach and experience, is always at hand to help you find the ideal car hire solution from a long list of local suppliers. Contact us today to find out how we can save you time and money.
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