1. Book early
Airfares almost always rise the closer it gets to your chosen dates, so the earlier you book your flights, the better.
2. Time your travel
Most families are fairly keen to make the most of the holidays early on, so the busiest times are often in the first weeks of the summer holidays or the first few days of term breaks. Opt to travel towards the end of the school holidays, and you can make some great savings.
3. Pay attention to exchange rates
If you’re planning on going overseas, pick a destination with a good exchange rate. Favourable currency exchange rates make overseas travel far more affordable.
4. Fly mid-week
Most families tend to travel Saturday to Saturday, so consider a mid-week flight for a few extra savings. According to Expedia, the cheapest days to travel are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Flying early in the morning or late at night can also be cheaper.
5. Do your research
The Internet has opened up so much of the world that there’s no excuse for opting for the first destination you read about. Instead of following the crowds to the holiday hot-spots, do some research and find places of interest off the main tourist trail. Chances are you’ll find somewhere just as nice, if not better!
6. Book an organised tour
Organised tours let you see your costs upfront, so there’s fewer surprise costs along the way. Tour companies often get the best prices, so by travelling with others, you can save significantly.
7. Book with your credit card
Some credit cards offer deals such as free travel insurance when you book your holidays using your card, so this can be an easy save.
8. Travel on days of significance
Most people want to be at their destination for the ‘important’ days, such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Good Friday. But flying on these days can save you a lot of money. If you don’t mind putting Christmas off for a few days, it’s well worth considering Christmas on-board a flight.
9. Look for free attractions
Forget theme parks and other costly activities and look for free, local attractions instead. Museums, art galleries, temples, lookouts and waterfalls are great for exploring and cost nothing.
10. Carry a cash passport
The costs associated with international ATM withdrawal fees can quickly rack up and give you a nasty surprise on your next bank statement. To avoid unnecessary overseas surcharges, keep a cash passport handy. A cash passport is safe, secure and easy to use, with no links to your bank account.
11. Double check your weight
While it’s tempting to pack everything you could possibly need on your holiday, being stung with excess baggage can be costly. Reduce the risk by double checking your weight or even better, pack light and take carry-on only!
12. Look for special deals
Keep your eyes open for special deals that will help you save. For example, G Adventures offers a $150 credit exclusively for teachers, on travel anywhere in the world.