How to get the most bang for your holiday buck

How to get the most bang for your holiday buck


Hoping to travel but still want to have money leftover when you return home? Travel is now cheaper than ever, with a wealth of resources online to help you travel for longer and for less money.

If you’d love to take a trip, but you’re not sure whether you can afford it, this post is for you. Read on to learn how you can get the most bang for your holiday buck.

Research early

While you can definitely grab some great last-minute deals, this also depends on you having a very flexible work schedule or a very understanding boss. If you’re not in a position where you can book a last-minute cruise or holiday deal, you can still get some cheap holiday packages by booking in advance.

Some of the best deals are snapped up early on, so if you’re hoping to go on a cheap holiday, sign up for travel newsletters and be prepared to jump on a great deal.

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Do your comparisons

The people who get the cheapest holidays are the ones who are prepared to do the hard yards- and that means you need to compare car rental, airlines, hotels, cruise lines, or anything else you may be purchasing. That way, you’ll know you’re getting the best possible deal.

Choose the right destinations

Some countries are simply cheaper to travel than others. For Australians, this will usually mean Southeast Asia is a great choice, since you can often find decent airfares and once you’re on the ground the Aussie dollar gives you much more bang for your buck. This doesn’t mean that you can’t travel to Europe or North America, but you’ll probably want to save for a little longer and will be staying in cheaper accommodation once you’re there.

Take travel insurance

Hang on. Wasn’t this article supposed to be about saving money? Sure. But spending a couple of hundred bucks on travel insurance could make a massive difference to your financial future. Not only are you then covered if you’re forced to cancel your trip due to unforeseeable circumstances, but you’re also covered for your electronics, baggage, and any health issues once you’re abroad. If you get seriously injured abroad, it could cost hundreds of thousands for you to be medically evacuated and treated. Some countries won’t even treat you unless a friend or family member starts paying cash right away. Do yourself a favour, and take the travel insurance.

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