Everyone loves a summer holiday. It’s peak tourism season for good reasons, with the best weather and long school holidays in which to enjoy it. However, the perks of summer travel come at a price, and it’s by far the most expensive time of year to go on holiday, particularly when the kids are still off school. However, with a bit of extra homework, it’s perfectly possible to find ways to save money on summer travel.
The summer savings begin with the start of your journey: your flights. There are lots of great flight comparison websites, such as Skyscanner, which will help you find the cheapest available flights to and from any destination in the world at any given time. However, as useful as these sites can be, they only display flight prices at the moment you search, meaning you have to keep on checking back and you could miss out as great deals come and go in the meantime. That’s where sites like Airfarewatchdog are helpful, which notify you of the cheapest fares so that you don’t have to go searching for them yourself. This site is also renowned for finding extra-cheap, ‘hidden’ deals which most comparison websites don’t offer. The new Montcalm comparison feature promises to deliver the very best rates available on your stay at The Marble Arch by Montcalm , a luxurious London hotel a stone’s throw from Oxford Street. Which airport you choose to fly from can make a big difference, too: if you can manage to make your journey work with flights from and to regional airports rather than major international ones, you could end up saving a lot of money. Another great way to save is by only taking a carry on bag and not checking any baggage into the hold. You may think that you couldn’t possibly manage to pack enough stuff for a week’s holiday into your hand luggage, but you can find small suitcases which fit into most airlines’ carry on guidelines. This will save you a significant amount of money in a time when baggage fees are becoming increasingly exorbitant.
It’s important to be aware that saving money on summer travel is not just the preserve of budget travellers and backpackers. Sites like Jetsetter can save you up to 40% on high-end holidays, with the added bonus that all the hotels, resorts and tours featured on the site have been verified by a correspondent. This saves you the nagging worry that a great deal might just be too good to be true and turn out to be a scam. Needless to say, it’s also the case that where you go on your summer holidays makes a big difference in terms of how much you pay, with short haul flights much cheaper than their long haul counterparts. That’s not to say that you should necessarily limit yourself to short haul holidays. It simply means being strategic when it comes to planning your break. If you’re lucky enough to be spending a month or two abroad, then you can maximise value by going further away to places where luxury can be found more cheaply.