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Cut cost holiday

Www.Thisismoney.Co.Uk
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Flexibility and all-inclusivity is the name of the game as you plan to slip away for a holiday or weekend away, www.thisismoney.co.uk says as they offer some cost-saving tips for your little getaway.

Bend and stretch and be flexible. If your heart is set on flying on the 16th, be flexible anyway as air fares and hotel rates can vary considerably when a couple of days apart.

Grab the lot and go all inclusive. Go for an all-inclusive holiday so that your costs are relatively fixed and you don't have to worry about food and drink bills adding up while you're trying to relax.

Fly midweek. While charter flights may only operate on certain days of the week, when flying with scheduled airlines be prepared to travel midweek.

Flights on Tuesday and Wednesday—the least popular business travel days—are often better value. Be open-minded—go anywhere! If you're not tied to a location then you're more likely to find a bargain—be flexible about where you want to go on holiday to find the best deal. Look for less popular destinations—these may still offer what you want, such as winter sun or family activities, but could have better deals to attract visitors.

Think outside the airport box. Check prices as driving or taking the bus to a different airport might be cheaper than flying from the nearest airport to your home.

Cut costs elsewhere. Look at other holiday costs that you could reduce, such as travelling with only hand-luggage, taking public transport rather than parking at the airport, not buying new holiday clothes, and getting foreign currency without paying fees on your credit or debit card.