If you’re booking a summer holiday, the best time to do so is early in the year. According to research from Skyscanner.ie, for example, booking flights to Amsterdam around 17 weeks in advance could net you a discount of up to 35%.
Try and travel on a weekday if possible (weekend travel tends to be more expensive), and get an early morning flight if you can. You might also be able to get yourself a deal if you book at the last minute, but you probably won’t have as much choice.
If you’re driving to the airport, save some money by pre-booking your parking. Drive up costs at Dublin Airport are €7.50 (Long Term Blue) and €9.50 (Long Term Red) per day – if you book online it starts at the lower rate of €4.95 per day.
Make a daily budget and stick to it – nobody wants to be stuck abroad without any money! If you’re going for a week or two, try and stay under your budget for the first few days, and you can then go on a spending spree towards the end. When you arrive, make sure to check out the local tourist office – they might have some advice on cheap or free events or locations.
Before you travel, do some research on how much local currency you’ll get for a euro. It’s easy to lose track of how much you’re spending, or to worry about overpaying if you’re unsure of the exchange rate – 400 Czech koruna might seem like a lot, but it’s actually just over €18. Use www.xe.com for some quick calculations.
Eat like a local
When we go on holidays we tend to eat out a lot more often – it’s a lot handier, offers less hassle and leaves you with more time to explore your destination. If you don’t have much to spend, visit a local supermarket for snacks or the odd dinner – you’ll save a lot and get the chance to really eat like a local.