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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