With the rise of the whole “experiences over things” trend, it seems like people are travelling more than ever before. You can’t log on to Facebook or Instagram these days without getting holiday envy. Every day there’s a cheeky airport check in or perfectly framed sun lounger photo to get you dreaming about booking another trip.
We’re big fans of this “little and often” approach to travel. You work hard, why wouldn’t you want to squeeze in as many holidays as you can? But we also know that things can get expensive pretty quickly when you’re jetting off every couple of months. So to help you keep racking up those air miles without the risk of bankrupting yourself, we thought we’d share our favourite tips for saving money if you travel often.
1) Change your mobile network
One of the things we all forget to factor into our travel costs sometimes is how much we spend using data abroad. How many times have you landed in your gorgeous destination, ready to upload your photo to Instagram only to be stumped with a £5 data charge? If you travel often, it may well be worth changing your mobile network to Three. Their “Feel at Home” programme lets you use your data, minutes and texts abroad for free. No more worrying about scary bills.
2) Change your credit card
Another way people get stung when travelling is those pesky fees that banks hit you with for using your debit card abroad. They can quickly rack up to make your spending money much more expensive than you’d budgeted for, so if you travel a lot it may be worth applying for a credit card that doesn’t charge you for spending or withdrawing cash abroad. The Halifax Clarity Credit Card often comes out on top as it is widely accepted overseas. However – make sure you always pay the card off in full to minimise any extra costs.
3) Utilise loyalty points
Loyalty points schemes like Nectar can be really handy if you travel often. For example, you can collect Nectar points whenever you book with Expedia or many UK train providers, and then once you’ve built up a decent amount you can put them towards flights with easyJet. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you could end up with some free flights – what’s not to love?
4) Buy annual travel insurance
If you’re going away a couple of times a year, you could save money by investing in annual travel insurance. Ain’t nobody got time for purchasing single trip cover for each holiday. Annual cover could also give you some extra protection if your trip is cancelled for any reason. Always remember to use an insurance comparison site to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal.
5) Use TopCashback
If you’re regularly going to be booking flights and hotels online then it’s well worth signing up to a website like TopCashback. They work on a commission basis, and pass some of that money back to customers. You could get over 10% of your money back if you book through them. It’s also well worth booking things like airport parking through the site too as you could save yourself over 30% – which should more than cover your pre-flight Prosecco!
Want some more tips on saving money while travelling? Check out our post on travelling on a budget.
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