Travel Tips

I’ve been somewhat of a jet-setter in 2018 so I thought I’d share some words of wisdom with you guys from things I’ve learned and picked up along the way. No matter if you’re going on a city break to London, a fun-filled family holiday to Fuerteventura or a relaxing week away at the Caribbean, these tips will definitely come in handy. 

Before I jump in, I have 2 more travel posts in the works, one from my visit to Kos in Greece and the other to Calella in Spain. Those will be live soon. I’ve been putting off writing these posts as I’ve been suffering from major holiday blues and I’m not ready to accept that I’m back to reality now and that they are now mere memories. Sigh.

The more I travel, the more I learn, and the more I want to save money so that I can afford more trips. One of the things I’ve learned is that you’ll save a decent amount of cash by booking things separately. Sometimes you’ll find that travel agencies are bumping up the prices by a crazy amount, or that you’re not actually getting a good deal by the time you add all of the extras on top of the holiday you’re already paying for, personally it’s just best to book things separately. We tend to book our flights, hotel and all of the little nooks and crannies from various different places, always seeking the best (legit) deal. 

Which brings me to my second tip: always do your research. You hear of scams and such all of the time, mostly when booking online, so it’s compulsory that you do your research. Shop around. Check legitimate sites. Read reviews, and then read some more, and seek advice from your friends/followers if you’re unsure; sometimes putting out a quick tweet about a website can give you all the confirmation/reassurance you need. Always make sure you’re doing your checks in advance, too, don’t leave it until last minute or until it’s too late. 

Another piece of advice that I’d like to share, from my own personal experience, is travel light. My boyfriend and I were being charged £100 for a large luggage case to be taken on the flight (yes, it was RyanAir…). We decided to just take our two small ‘hand luggages’ and see how it worked out. Well, it saved us a ton of money, and it was much easier and quicker at the other end; it’s something we will do again definitely in the future. We didn’t take much liquids or bits and bobs with us. Instead, we went to a supermarket when we arrived in Spain, and spent about 15 euros getting in shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam and all of that jazz. It was much easier than worrying about liquids and weight etc. – I’d give it a bash next time you’re going on holiday, especially if you’re like us and prefer to go away a few times a year, rather than saving all year for just the one holiday. But everyone’s different.

Another thing we tend to do when we go away is hire a car.  I know not everyone is comfortable driving abroad, or maybe don’t have a licence, but if it’s feasible then you should at least consider it. It saves you a lot of money in the long run (when you take in the expenditure for taxis, transfers, coaches etc.) plus it saves you messing around and waiting on other people. It allows you to go and do your own thing and properly explore. Having a car abroad has enabled us to find the most majestic and memorable places. It gives you freedom in a totally new environment and it’s so rewarding. 

Another nugget I’d like to share, which I briefly touched on earlier in the post, is that booking spontaneously can provide you with remarkable deals, usually last minute, but always extraordinary value for money. If you just save your money, and book a deal in the heat of the moment, nearer the time – you’re more likely to make a great saving. And get to go to more exotic places for half the prices. What’s not to love?

I’ve been on 4 holidays so far in 2018: Lanzarote, Mallorca, Kos and Calella and each place has offered me an entirely different experience. It’s so wonderful exploring this world and travelling to different places, for once in my life, the unknown isn’t frightening. It’s breathtaking.

Where do you plan on visiting next? Have you got any travel tips that you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

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12 Comments

  1. September 20, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Really good tips!! Loved this post x from #grlpowr

  2. September 20, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Fab tips! I have just got back from Tenerife and I would love to try Lanzarote! I agree about booking things separately, a lot of the time it does work out cheaper, sometimes you can find a great deal though! Doing research is also so important, especially when you are buying tickets for somewhere. My boyfriend drives but we have never thought about hiring a car, always thought it would be too much money and effort but I will look into it next time! xx

  3. September 20, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    This is super interesting, I had no idea that waiting to book last minute would save you money actually! I feel that I was always under the impression to book in advance or else prices would go up, haha. Great post!

    Chelsea – http://www.thedailychelsea.com

  4. September 20, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    One of my biggest fears is getting scammed when travelling one day, especially since holidays are already so expensive! Love researching before a trip, especially when it’s somwhere I know nothing about xx

    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

  5. September 20, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I love this post and I love both Greece and Spain so I can’t wait for your posts on those! Ryanair are the worst for luggage, I rarely travel with them but it always stresses me out when I do!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  6. September 20, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    That luggage charge is so expensive!! I don’t think I could manage to go away with just hand luggage though so huge respect for that. You can find so many great deals when you book last minute!! My next planned trip is Istanbul in March but I’m hoping to squeeze in a few days somewhere before that x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  7. Kim
    September 20, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    These are some great tips! For my last few holidays I’ve booked everything seperately and definitely saved money doing it. I was also able to spread the cost out more which was a bonus. I have travelled with large luggage only twice that I can recall and definitely favour hand luggage only especially on Easy Jet or Ryan Air flights.

  8. forarainydayblogging
    September 21, 2018 / 1:59 am

    Traveling light is something I definitely struggle with! Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Can’t wait to see your post about Greece. I’ve been there once and LOVED IT! Will definitely make it back there someday.

  9. September 24, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Fantastic post and I Defo agree with travelling light and the car. Cars Defo give more freedom to explore. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Bookinggoodread
    September 24, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    These are great tips, to be honest I am more of a home bird and don’t do travelling but I will keep these in mind if I decide to fly away somewhere 💕

    Emma x http://www.bookinggoodread.com

  11. Rachel Hart
    September 25, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Awesome post! Thanks for sharing this on my Twitter reach out!
    I have personally never been to the places you’ve mentioned. (Not yet anyway) However, I do love to travel. Mostly around the states since that’s where I’m from. Your tips are great no matter where someone may be traveling. Booking the last minute has kind of always been my thing.
    I just get in moods, ya know.
    For example, Valentine’s Day a few years ago happened to fall on a weekend. Well, I was OVER the cold and wanted some sunshine. So the Wednesday before V Day, I hopped on Groupon and I found my hubby and I a nice room, a few activities to do, and a couple of buy 1 get 1’s at a nice restaurant! We had a full Valentine’s Day getaway in Florida for a fraction of what it would’ve originally cost us!
    Spontaneity is sometimes the best friend you never knew you needed! LOL We drove about 5-6 hours each way, but the road trip was awesome and is still one of our favorite memories almost 3 years later!
    Thanks again for sharing!
    ~ Ray

  12. September 28, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Goodness me I’m jealous of how many holidays you’ve had this year! I’ve just come back from a weekend away in Shropshire but I was ill the entire time so I didn’t enjoy it at ALL and I think that’s the only place I’ve been this year?! I love the Canary Islands SO much! These are great tips too 🙂 xxx

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