Going on vacation is an exciting time for anyone, and it helps to save money wherever you can. There are many ways to get more bang for your buck before and during a trip to your next international destination, so we’ve decided to create a helpful checklist of ways to save while still enjoying a blissful international getaway! Keep reading below.
Why you should save money while planning your next trip
There are tons of reasons to save money while planning your next vacation, and it doesn’t mean that you won’t have any less of a special time during your trip! The main reason we recommend being careful with your spending is to ensure you that you have some money waiting for you when you return from your destination. From smaller items to big purchases, there are so many ways to cut back on spending without compromising on the quality of your overall experience.
From costly unforeseen medical bills to expensive flight tickets, there are all kinds of expenses that may place a damper on your budget and your travel experience! We’ve compiled a few helpful money-saving hacks to help you save during your next international vacation.
- Book through a travel deal curator
With so many expert travel agents creating the best money-saving travel packages, you can save big on accommodation, flights, airport transfers, and even food and beverage. Paying separately for these can result in a shockingly hefty bill before your vacation has even started, which is why we recommend browsing specially curated travel offers that cover the majority of your most expensive spending. Opt for all-inclusive travel deals that have been hand-picked to provide you with the best value for money, with all the bookings, recommendations and assistance you may need generally being covered by the travel agency itself!
- Invest in travel insurance
From unpredictable medical emergencies to flight cancellations, bad things can happen while travelling in a foreign country. Your best bet for covering yourself as much as possible is travel insurance. Get coverage for baggage loss, flight changes or cancellations, lost or stolen items, and more to avoid an unsightly bill during what should be a care-free time.
- Travel during off-peak seasons
When you choose to travel actually matters and will affect your budget differently. This includes costs on accommodation, flights, and even bookings for any tours or attractions you may have in mind. Do your research on when the off-peak season applies to your destination of choice, as this may vary depending on the location of your trip. While you may experience a few spits of rain or overcast skies during your vacation, it’s definitely better than paying an arm and a leg for a costly trip overseas (in our opinion).
- Travel lighter
Over the past few years, airlines have started milking travellers for checked baggage. While not all flights apply, it helps to be aware of unforeseen costs that apply to additional baggage. You can avoid this entirely by doing your research beforehand on the amount of included baggage you’re allowed to take with you to your destination that’s applicable to each airline and flight. Pack less clothing and organise your items strategically, utilising your free carry-on luggage space to store additional items that otherwise won’t fit in your bigger luggage bags.
- Choose to fly during the week
Mid-week flights tend to cost less because they avoid the weekend getaway bustle. You can save big on your flight costs if you choose a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to fly instead of weekend days or Mondays. Opt to fly mid-week for at least one of the flights during your vacation in order to save on spending.
- Build up your travel mileage
If you travel often, it may be a good idea to get a credit card that awards you with travel mileage. Charge as much as you can muster onto your credit card throughout the year and pay it off in regular intervals to enjoy the benefits!
About Allianz Travel and Allianz Assistance
Allianz Travel has over 30 years of experience in offering first-class services and products to tourists from around the globe. Our global headquarters are based in Paris, but we also have regional offices in more than 28 countries worldwide. Allianz Travel and Allianz Assistance is the largest travel insurance and assistance company in the world, providing end-to-end travel insurance solutions to those in need.
It’s possible to have the time of your life without breaking the bank! Make use of our money-saving hacks and enjoy the freedom of returning to some cash after your holiday ends.
If you are considering a trip overseas and are looking for travel insurance, contact us to learn more about our products and services today.
Disclaimer: some of the content in this blog post has been repurposed from an original article by Fantastic Viewpoint.