With money tending to be tighter than ever and more and more families having to save much harder to make their spend go further, the regular two weeks abroad can sometimes seem like a stretch too far, with holidays and other luxury items often the first things that are postponed or scrapped in the effort to make the budget reach further.
However, a few weeks away as a family is so vitally important, as when you work all the hours you can during the week and are often tired on the weekend, family time can often get put on the back burner, which is why these few weeks of no work and just being surrounded with family are important. However, it is still possible to have a holiday on a cheaper budget than you are used to, as long as you are willing to compromise and possibly try something new.
Below, we offer our 5 ways to save money on your next holiday in Turkey.
Book Out Of Season
Possibly a very obvious way of saving money when booking your holiday, but if you can try to avoid booking the main weeks of the school holidays, then you can often save a wealth of money, with the savings often really significant. You can also save money by booking odd days if possible, so a Wednesday to Wednesday, rather than a Saturday to Saturday and of course, if you can book outside of the summer holidays when prices are much higher than the rest of the year, you can save some serious pounds. If you do have to travel during the school holidays, then right at the start or at the end is often the cheapest periods of travel, or you could always look at booking during one of the later half terms in the year, as the prices drop the closer you get to the end of the main season in most overseas resorts.
Try To Book Early
Prices often rise the nearer you get to the holiday date, so the sooner you book, the more money you often save. Although you can sometimes grab a last minute deal when walking into a Travel Agent or booking online, generally, the sooner you book your travel arrangements then the bigger discount you will get. If you then need to book other travel arrangements on top of this, like trains to the airport or hire cars, then you can save quite a bit of money by grabbing the tickets as soon as they are released, as paying to travel on the day will often cost you far more and you may not always be lucky enough to get what you want.
Try Somewhere New
For most of us, we will normally find a place we fall in love with on holiday and return many times, as the comfort of knowing where you are going, what you are going to see and the kind of environment you are going to enjoy can often be a winner for most people. However, you can also miss out on some seriously nice and also less expensive holidays, as you have failed to look at the travel market and see where you can go for less money. A holiday is of course what you make it, and whilst the comfort of knowing where you are going can make it perfect, if you can save some money and see somewhere new, why not give it a go this year?
Use The Internet For A Bargain
The Internet has literally transformed the way we shop, from ordering our weekly shop online through to browsing through hundreds of web pages to find the best new car for the family. No matter what you want to buy, you can find it online and quite often at seriously lower prices than when you walk into high street shops. This is no difference for holidays and travel, as booking online can save money and also time, and because you have a wealth of information about the potential resort you are going to and the company you might be using, the decision often feels a lot more informed. Even if you just narrow down your potential locations using the World Wide Web, then at the end of the day, you will be ready to find the right price when the time comes to book those few weeks away.
Buy Packing Essentials Early
Things like suntan lotion, summer clothes and other vital travel essentials are always on special offer at most of the leading supermarkets and major brands over the course of the year. This means that instead of just leaving everything right until the day before you travel, work out a pack list well in advance and then start buying these items when you notice they are on special offer. Even if you can just save a few pounds here and there, it makes no difference to you when you buy these items so you can actually end up saving a nice amount, which you can then spend on holiday or simply use to pay for the day to day bills that come into the home.