Saving Money on Holiday
Discover the top 10 ways holidaymakers make their money go further
Saving money on holiday can be an important issue for many. For other it is simply a means to have more to spend enjoying yourself.
Weigh down hand luggage, rather than suitcase, to avoid extra baggage charge: A fifth (21%) put heavy items in their hand luggage or buggy to avoid excess baggage charges.
Wear extra clothes to avoid excess baggage charge: 15% wear extra clothes such as jumpers and coats on a flight to avoid excess baggage charges. Young people are the most likely to do this.
Sleep on transport/at the airport to avoid paying for accommodation: One in ten (10%) sleep on transport or at the airport to avoid paying for accommodation. Unsurprisingly, younger age groups were almost twice as likely to do this than over 55s.
Avoid expensive in-flight refreshments: A third (36%) take their own food on flights to avoid expensive in-flight food, but those living in the Northern Ireland are particularly savvy, with half taking a packed lunch on flights (50%).
Breakfast buffet lunch thieves: A third (34%) admit to the old favourite of taking food from the breakfast buffet for lunch.
“Don’t forget, you are 4 not 5 today!”: One in ten (10%) lie about their child or children’s age to get cheaper entry into an attraction, show or event.
Freebies from the hotel room: The most popular money-saving trick is taking hotel freebies, such as shampoo and conditioner, with nearly half (47%) doing this.
Eat in less touristy areas rather the pay the premium of attraction / sea front: There can be a big price difference for a meal with a view, and a third (36%) are happy to do without to save money on holiday
Book activities online when away to get the best prices: Nearly a third (32%) book activities online in advance to save money.
Drink own alcohol before going out: A quarter (25%) drink alcohol they have bought with them, or from a supermarket, before going out to save money, but please do not be tempted to take your own alcohol into a venue, or you may find yourself being unceremoniously removed.
The survey, commissioned by iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of stand-alone car hire excess insurance
How many of the above have you done and what other ideas for saving money on holiday do you have? comment below.