I love going travelling, I really, absolutely bloody love it. But like most people in their twenties and living in Central London – I’m not rolling cash. Luckily I (like to think) have managed to get budget holiday buying down a defined art, so please find below my tips for getting holidays as cheap as possible!
Sky Scanner is your best friend – First step to finding cheap holidays online is head straight to this website. It scans all possible holiday sites for the cheapest flights. Guaranteed, it takes a bit of mastering to get the best deals so here are my top tips:
- If you don’t have specific dates to go between, go to Skyscanner and in the filter, select ‘Whole Month’ and it will give you a little calendar of the cheapest flights for every day in that month. This way you can see which is the best day to go out and when to return. The below is for New York – I booked flights there the other day for a trip in New York which was £305 return. For NEW YORK. So yeah, it works.
Bear in mind these are the cheapest possible flights so they won’t include jazzy extras like checked in luggage or meals (if you’re doing long haul) but it’s a fail safe way to find the best deals!
- And if you really don’t even know where to start when it comes to the holiday, just search ‘Everywhere’ in the location box and it’ll show you the cheapest places to go! These prices below are for return tickets by the way, £20, for a return. Thank me later.
- If all else fails, airlines have sales, and especially at the time of writing this post (January 2016) there are tons of cheap flights going. So go to your airline of choice and have a browse, it’s my favourite way to procrastinate, looking at tons of cheap holidays (I really promise that is less tragic than it sounds…)
The next shout is always where you’re going to stay… My favs for cheap accommodation are airbnb and booking.com. On both of these sights you have real people reviews and great filters to get the cheapest options possible. Another way they’re great for budget travelling is the price you get is for the venue as a whole, not per person as some travel companies like to spin it. Therefore the price can change depending on how many of you in your trip there are (especially works well with airbnb…)
I’ve done airbnb twice now and both experiences have been great. Both times were booking private rooms which means you’re living in the place with the owner, but only one of these trips the owner has actually been there, and they were lovely. Most airbnb owners have the whole thing down and do it really well, and you can always count on honest reviews with airbnb from other users, so always go with the best you can find. We have two trips for 2016 booked and both are with airbnb as it really is a great way to have quality accommodation at a cheaper price.
Booking.com also works really well at showing the cheapest accommodation and provides real person reviews which you can filter depending on what experience you’re after (family holiday, couples, travelling etc). You also have a chance to see actual visitors pictures of the places so you can see whether or not the official pictures are actually realistic.
If all else fails…
It still exists guys. Except it’s no longer on your old telly, it’s on the internet. And its a really great way to get a cheap holiday. I used it in 2014 to get a cheap holiday to Marrakech and it throws in flights, hotels and transfers in the package. Unfortunately you can’t book the holidays online, you have to call up, so it hasn’t fully joined the 21st century, but as long as you resist the constant questions they will persist at to make you upgrade, you can get a really good deal. I sing it’s praises all the time and people really take the piss, but you know what? Cheap holidays are always a winner.
So there are my tips, please enjoy. If you happen to pass this page or if I’ve forced it on you somehow and it actually comes in handy when booking your next holiday then please let me know!