Money Saving Tips when Travelling
Travelling is something that everyone should experience, it broadens and mind and makes you aware of other cultures and how other people live. Unfortunately, it can be expensive to travel so we at Q Apartments have compiled a list of how you can save money when travelling.
Flight prices can vary depending on the month, day and even time of travel. Skyscanner is a useful tool that lets you compare prices of different airlines across a month or a year so you can see exactly when it is less expensive to fly. This is a great way to find the best flights at the best rates available.
Travelling in off-peak times is recommended, times to avoid are the summer months and Christmas time as they are the busiest periods for airlines meaning prices will be higher.
When it is possible try and fly indirect, while it will take longer to reach your destination flying indirect could save you a lot of money.
At the Airport
If you are driving to the airport it is recommended that you pre-book your parking well in advance. Booking parking on the day that you are flying will work out a lot more expensive. It may also work out less expensive to take a bus or train to the airport.
Bring your own snacks onto the plane, plane food is notoriously expensive and it doesn’t taste great. If you bring your own food on you can avoid paying over the odds for a tasteless snack.
You should weigh your luggage before you leave home to avoid paying extra charges. Take out any unnecessary objects and avoid bringing home more that you initially took with you in the first place.
Save money at your destination
Smart phone provide a great way to save money, once you find a wi-fi connection. You can download apps that will act as travel guides, translators, let you know what is going on in the local area and you can also use google maps to find your way around. This will save you money on phrasebook and travel guides and it will also save you time trying to find your way around.
Every big city has a place that tourists congregate, it is best to avoid these places as they tend to be very expensive. Find restaurants outside of the major tourist areas and eat like the locals do. All Q Apartments come equipped with a full kitchen, a great way to save money is to shop in local supermarkets to avoid eating out every night.
Using an ATM machine in a different country can cost a lot in charges as most banks will charge for each withdrawal as well as a commission fee. You should take out a large amount of money a few times instead of taking out small amounts frequently. Just be careful not to lose or misplace this money.
When possible get money changed in your home country although it may not always be feasible to do this if you are staying for extended periods.
Going abroad doesn’t have to be hugely expensive, there are many ways to save money. Q Apartments offer all the comforts of a hotel with the feeling of being at home. Our apartments are a great way to save money. Families say the kitchens in the serviced apartments are a big money saver. When families arrive at the accommodation they can go to the local supermarket and stock up on food and snacks for the week which makes a huge saving. Our long or short stay serviced apartments also have a television and complimentary Wi-Fi so after a long day of sightseeing the children can entertain themselves and it is not as cramped as a hotel room.
Even our corporate clients love the fact that they can cook for themselves and friends as opposed to going to a restaurant each night. It is also a good way to save on corporate expenses.