Related Travel Trends Where to go on holiday in 2

first_img RelatedTravel Trends: Where to go on holiday in 2017We’ve gathered the latest travel insights to bring you the top holiday destinations for 2017 to add to your bucket list this year.10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip. Keeping the cost of your flights down by choosing one of these short-haul holiday hotspots means that you’ll be able to spend more on ice cream (for them)…Top tips to help you save for your dream holidayFar flung and exotic holidays may seem like an impossible dream, but give up that cup of coffee on the way to work and a few other favourite treats and you could save enough for the holiday of a lifetime. Find out how easy it is and how you could… For some, planning a holiday can be a stressful experience. However if you do take the time, and do your research, you really could reap some financial rewards.The most important influence on the cost of your holiday is probably where you go. Countries like Spain and France are the most popular destinations for British holiday makers looking to get away from it all, according to the recent ONS Travel Trends survey.However, you could potentially make significant savings by looking outside the eurozone. Not only could it make your travel money go further, but you’ll also be able to enjoy unspoilt, sandy beaches, authentic restaurants and some great cultural hotspots too.Perhaps you always go to the same Greek island, or you love to visit the historical cities of Tuscany in Italy. But if you’re prepared to think creatively, you could switch Greece for Croatia, which has islands just as gorgeous and fishing villages just as pretty; Spain for Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast with its beautiful beaches, wooded countryside and mineral springs; the Canary Islands for Morocco, which is thought to be just as good a windsurfing destination but with far cheaper hire charges – and a beautiful, ancient port and souks for added atmosphere.Once you’ve decided where you’re going, there are plenty of other ways to help you save some money:1. Shop around in advance for the best currency dealsYou could be surprised at how much you can save by just doing your research. Look online for the best rates and take advantage of free delivery at home or in store; avoid paying delivery charges twice by combining your travel money with friends, and keep your eye on the market, as rates fluctuate constantly. Be a smart shopper – keep an eye on which way the rates are going and act fast. Some credit cards also offer commission-free travel money, so it’s worth looking out for those.2. Once you are there, keep a close eye on your costsIt’s tempting to take a gondola in Venice, but a vaporetto will get you to the Piazza san Marco for a fraction of the cost. Whilst on holiday, check where the locals are eating and you’ll be sure of a good value meal. Hiring a car could be fun, but it could also end up costing you more than you can afford, so take the bus to the beach. Shop for delicious produce at the local markets – and pack a picnic.3. Using your card? Keep withdrawals to a minimumSome cards offer free withdrawals and free purchases abroad. But if you don’t have one of these, keep your withdrawals to a minimum to cut down on charges. Britons abroad withdraw £14.2 billion every year from overseas ATMs on credit and debit cards, costing holidaymakers £391 million collectively in withdrawal fees.(1) You could also choose to buy a cash passport before leaving, which safeguards your money, locks in the exchange rate, and can be topped up while you are away.4. Make sure you are covered by travel insuranceHaving the right level of travel insurance could prove invaluable. Although many of us don’t anticipate having an accident or falling ill on holiday, recent research shows that the average medical claim made by Britons who do fall ill or have an accident in a foreign country now stands at a staggering £1,333.41.(2) So it really does pay to be covered. Taking a European Health Insurance (EHIC) Card is useful, as this should allow you to access local state-provided healthcare in the EU and Switzerland either free or at a reduced rate. Though it is important to check exactly which countries the card covers you for – as ‘Europe’ may only mean European Community members, which will exclude Turkey, for example. Also remember that it’s not an alternative to proper travel insurance, and won’t repatriate you should you need to be flown home early.5. Take care if planning to use your mobile phone to call homeCheck what the call charges will be with your phone provider before leaving; it may be possible to add a booster which will substantially cut the costs of texts and calls either from fellow members of your holiday party or (in emergencies) to and from the UK. And now that so many people have smartphones, call charges aren’t the only problem – it can cost a fortune to receive and send emails. Use an internet café instead. And either switch off your email function or switch your sim card into another phone for the trip. Chances are you’ll find that your battery will last far longer, too.6. Finally, shop locallyThere’s nothing wrong with having a browse through the shops. But you’re more likely to find something striking and original if you visit local art and flea markets – and it could cost you far less too. And if you have packed light, you will be able to squeeze in a few little gifts on the way home. Just think how pleased your family will be to see you.(1) Research carried out by ICM on behalf of Sainsbury’s Travel Money, July 2011(2) Analysis of 2010 claims data by Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance, August 2011 Available at by Sainsbury’s FinanceReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img


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