No matter whether it’s South Africa, the Dominican Republic or Australia, we’ve all got a dream holiday destination in mind. Quite often, a dream holiday location is somewhere that we’ve dreamt of since childhood, so when we finally fulfil this dream, we’re conscious of the fact that we want to do it right. Here are 10 top tips to help you save up for your dream holiday.
On some airlines, as seats fill, the price rises, so sometimes booking early can help you to get the cheapest seats available. Make sure you take advantage of this knowledge by getting in there before anyone else and booking well in advance.
Scour Comparison Sites
The days of simply popping into a travel agents and booking a holiday are long gone, and now it is far cheaper to buy online. Due to this, you must make sure that you scour every option and comparison site to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal. It could save you hundreds of pounds.
Add a Sense of Realism
It may be your dream, but you also have to be realistic, especially when you’re planning trips or excursions. Most people are so desperate to cram in activities that they lose sight of the bigger picture: the enjoyment of the holiday. So, be realistic with your holiday timeframes, and save money by avoiding rushed activities.
Stay Focused on Your Goal
Booking a flight early is all well and good, but it’s easy to lose focus and forget the end goal. To prevent this, print a calendar that shows dates, and place photos around the house that will provide you with a little extra drive and determination and help you to stay focused.
Drop the Bad Habits
Whether alcohol or cigarettes or junk food are your vice, they’re costing you money. By dropping the bad habits you could save hundreds of pounds over the course of a year… as well as a few pounds round the waist.
Adopt Charity Chic
Holiday clothes add around £200 to the cost of a holiday so, instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, go on a charity shop trek and pick up some bargains.
Be Willing to Play the Plane Game
As well as booking your flight early, you have to be wary of when you book. Some budget airlines charge more at evenings and weekends, so always check back to see if the price has changed.
Study for Exchange Rates
Most people leave currency until the very last second, but this should never be the case. Exchange rates change rapidly, so you need to be aware of the rate at all times. The best time to buy could be a couple of weeks before.
Keep a Spending Diary
If you write down exactly what you’re spending then you might be surprised about how much is wasted. Write down everything you spend and review it monthly. Any savings you identify can then be added into a savings jar the next month.
Consider Splashing Out (Within Reason)
If all of these things still don’t get you the money you require then you’ll have to consider some extra help. Specialist holiday of a lifetime loans can help you pay the excess bills – you just have to be wary of the repayment rates.
It may be your dream holiday, but that’s no obstacle to making it your reality – save up and you won’t even need to break the bank.