It doesn't matter how comfy your home is or how peaceful your job might be - everyone needs a holiday from time to time. But when you consider the costs of getting from place to place, staying overnight, seeing the sites, and eating meals, it's easy to get frustrated with travel costs, and it may be tempting to avoid them altogether. Are holidays a pointless splurge we need not bother with? Not necessarily.
We live in a stressful age and should make time to relax whenever possible.
Breaking free of your routine, even for a short weekend retreat, has great potential to bring you into the coming workweek refreshed, relaxed and more productive. If you love to holiday, you can still make it happen while living on a tight budget.
Go-To Tip of the Month
Budget before you travel. As you create your holiday itinerary, plot out every expense you expect to incur. Then once the journey has begun, don't stray from the plan.
1.Book your trip as early as possible
2.Be flexible with travel dates to take advantage of the cheapest rates
3.Sign up for travel memberships and cash in on the rewards points
4.Search for the cheapest flights at www.WhichBudget.com
5.Take the most cost-effective mode of transport you can find, even if it means taking a different route each way
6.Avoid taxis and tourist double-decker busses - take the local transport instead
1.Bid for your hotel rate at a site like www.Priceline.com
2.Keep it simple and stay at a hostel
3.Plan a trip someplace where you have family or friends and stay with them
4.Find a household to host you through a site like www.Couchsurfing.org
5.Get close to nature and stay in a cabin
6.Get even closer to nature and pitch a tent
1.Cook your own food as often as possible - simple meals you could prepare in a hotel room or on the road
2.Instead of going out for dinner, eat out at midday and have the lunch special
3.If you're staying in a hotel, keep away from the mini-bar and room service
4.Also, never eat in hotel restaurants
5.Buy your breakfasts at the grocery store instead of the local cafés
6.Carry around a refillable water bottle
Save £3,000 by this time next year!
£8.22 a day £57.69 a week £250 a month
Believe it or not, transport is the largest monthly expense for people in the UK. We Britons spend about £64.90 per week - or nearly £260 a month - on travel costs alone. That's less than the £242 we spend a month on housing, fuel and power! 2 If you can cut down on travel expenses at all, you'll be saving a bundle over time.
Kick high-priced travel to the kerb this July by switching up your transport routine. Do you generally drive a car everywhere you go? It gets expensive, as you know. You have to pay for petrol, insurance, annual road tax, annual service, emergency maintenance, parking and more. This month, share the costs and the rides by joining a carpool. You could team up with a few co-workers, mates or family members, or register with an online carpooling platform to find friends you haven't met yet. Your monthly petrol costs will soon reduce, and you can put the extra money into your savings.
Another way to cut travel costs would be to take public transport if it's available in your area. From the Tube to National Rail and from busses to trams, there are many alternate ways to travel, some of which may be just as convenient as the means you currently use. On public transport, you can let someone else worry about the commute and simply enjoy the journey. On the other hand, it could also lengthen your trip. But in exchange, your time won't be occupied by focussing on the road, so you can use your commute as a time to relax.
Do you already take the Tube? Up the ante and see if you can ditch public transport altogether. Instead, walk or bike to your destination. If this seems impossible, start small. Choose one day a week to be your eco-friendly day, where you completely avoid railway and motor vehicles. Once you get accustomed to the change, try it twice a week.
However it works best for you, if you look into alternate types of travel than what you're using right now, you'll likely find some ways to save!
Goal: £1,750 saved since January