10/13/2020 — By Andrea Smith
A new survey is predicting cheaper flights, last-minute travel and longer stays this holiday season in the US. Travel search site Kayak believes that many Americans may travel this holiday, but they just haven’t booked it yet.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kayak’s data indicates that travel interest for the winter holidays is seeing drastic declines. Domestic flight searches are down 81% and hotel searches are down 74% compared to the same time period last year. As the uncertainty around COVID-19 remains, it predicts a surge in travel planning won’t be seen until much closer to the December holidays, and spontaneous trips will gain momentum.
Its search data suggests that extended stays will replace short getaways this year. With the majority of colleges wrapping up the semester mid-November and offices continuing to go virtual, holiday travel can start sooner and end later. Searches for alternative accommodations, such as cabins, chalets, cottages or RVs, are on the rise compared with 2019.
For those willing to travel, domestic flight prices are down nearly 16% year over year for the holidays. Cities in Florida lead with the biggest domestic flight deals. Major cities that typically lure US travelers are being replaced with warm weather destinations and ski towns. Denver, Salt Lake City, Cancun and Honolulu are among the top trending flight destinations compared to 2019.
“We believe Americans will travel this holiday season, it will just look different,” says Steve Hafner, CEO of Kayak. “Expect domestic instead of international travel, longer trip lengths and last minute decisions. For those who feel comfortable flying and are flexible on routes and dates, there are deals to be had.” For more information on Kayak’s trend forecast, please see here.
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Please can anyone explain why an off-peak return Basingstoke-Torquay is £5 cheaper than Basingstoke-Exeter? Even though the journey is an hour longer? Strange.
Train fares are a law unto themselves and there are loads of apparent anomalies.
Thanks Michael – I am now scrutinizing some West Country train fares – they are unbelievable, and on the whole so much cheaper than fares around here!
You might be comparing Off-Peak fares via different routes – Reading or Honiton, for example.
No – definitely using same route via Salisbury! What a crazy system – no wonder people drive their cars everywhere 🙁
Rail fares are demand responsive on a lot of long routes, just like air fares, but no one complains about them in the same way.
Not many people perhaps want to go from Basingstoke to Torquay, but as Basingstoke to Exeter is on one train with the same company, they set the fare.
It used to be possible to buy the cheaper fare and get off early, but automated ticket barriers put a stop to that.
Judging by the numbers using the trains I have been this week while in the UK (Sussex) there are a few thousand around here who aren’t driving everywhere.
By Patrick Hatch
Virgin Australia’s new boss Jayne Hrdlicka has predicted a return of airline price wars on flights between the country’s three largest cities as Virgin and Qantas fight to retain market share against new competitor Regional Express.
“It will have never have been cheaper to travel in this country,” Ms Hrdlicka told a CAPA Centre for Aviation online event on Wednesday.
Jayne Hrdlicka says airfares will have never been cheaper. Credit: Attila Csaszar
The former Jetstar boss, who private equity firm Bain Capital parachuted into the top job last month after it bought Virgin out of administration, said Rex had a good business flying in regional and remote parts of Australia and it might seem logical for them to launch flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
“But I think they should expect it’s going to be super competitive because we’re all rebuilding the market [after COVID-19],” she said. “Prices will be very sharp for a long time to ensure that everyone re-settles in the marketplace in the way they intend.”
Rex will start flying three Boeing 737s between Sydney and Melbourne in March before adding Brisbane to its network and growing its fleet to between eight and 10 aircraft by the end of 2021 in what will be the biggest shake-up of the domestic aviation market since Virgin’s launch 20 years ago.
The “golden triangle” between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane is one of the most profitable routes in global aviation and makes up 40 per cent of the Australian airline market.
But Ms Hrdlicka said Virgin would not give up the roughly one-third market share it had prior to going bankrupt in April and neither would larger rival Qantas and its budget arm Jetstar, meaning profit-making on the lucrative routes would suffer for “a long period of time”.
“Virgin Australia has no intent of backing off that market share,” she said.
“We’re well funded, we’ve got the strongest balance sheet in the marketplace right now and this is a long game. Nobody’s trying to make a lot of money in the first 18 months or the first two years, we’re trying to build the business.”
After being largely grounded for most of 2020, domestic flying is bouncing back rapidly after the reopening of state borders with Virgin expecting to be at 60 per cent of its pre-COVID capacity by January and Qantas expected to hit 70 per cent by Christmas.
Qantas and Virgin waged a two-year price and capacity war until a 2014 ceasefire after the smaller airline threatened Qantas’ dominant market share which left their finances in tatters.
Rex, which flies to 59 remote and regional destinations with its fleet of turboprop aircraft, has said it would use its lower cost base to offer Qantas-level service at Jetstar prices.
Virgin announced on Wednesday it had recut its long-delayed multibillion-dollar order with Boeing for a new fleet of its grounded 737 MAX, which were set to arrive in the middle of next year. Virgin will now buy only 25 of the larger MAX 10 variant, with delivery to start in 2025, and it has cancelled 23 smaller 737 MAX 9s. Boeing’s best-selling short-haul aircraft has been grounded since March last year following two crashes that killed 346 people but the US aviation authority cleared it to re-enter service last month.
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Traveling the world might not be the irresponsible choice anymore.
If vacations are an indulgence for the well-off, then long-term travel must be a luxury reserved only for the 1%, right? Maybe not.
This may have been true a few decades ago, but times are changing. Travel is more accessible than ever, and slower, longer-term trips tend to be the most affordable form of travel on a cost-per-day basis.
However, long-term travel isn’t only affordable when compared to short vacations. It can even be cheaper than staying at home. Here are three reasons why.
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1. The cost of travel is lower than you think … especially when you travel slowly
The three biggest expenses involved in travel are transportation, hotels, and eating out. If you’re traveling long term and have the ability to move more slowly, you can cut down on all three of those expenses.
Traveling for months at a time allows you to take advantage of long-term rentals, which significantly lowers the price per night that you’re spending on accommodations. Rather than spending $200 per night on a hotel, you might be spending $1,000 per month on a month-to-month rental. Base yourself out of a major city for a couple of months, do day trips and weekend trips to explore the rest of the surrounding country, then rinse and repeat with a new location. You’ll cut down on food costs tremendously by staying in these rentals, as you’ll have a kitchen where you can cook your own food.
You can even get your accommodation costs down to zero by taking advantage of websites that promote housesitting and petsitting opportunities. These websites connect travelers in an area with hosts who are willing to offer up their home as a free place to stay in exchange for someone to feed and walk their dog while they’re on vacation.
In terms of transportation, flights tend to be the biggest expense — especially if you don’t have the flexibility to go for the cheapest ones. Long-term travel cuts this cost on two fronts. First, because you have a lot of flexibility regarding when and where you travel, you can opt for only the best flight deals. Second, because you’ve got plenty of time to get where you’re going, you don’t always have to rely on flights. Instead, you can get from destination to destination via bus, train, or car, which is usually much cheaper.
If you really want to cut down on your travel costs, the best travel rewards credit cards will earn you points and miles that can be used to cover your flights or the occasional hotel stay.
2. Travelers can now make passive income off of their stuff
You can cut down majorly on the cost of travel by traveling for longer periods of time, but you’ve still got bills to pay back home, and you aren’t bringing money in.
Well, thanks to the sharing economy, that’s not always true. Plenty of people now make money off of the stuff they left back home while traveling. Home-sharing apps allow you to rent your house or apartment to travelers while you’re out seeing the world, and that alone has the potential to bring in a generous stream of passive income. If you’ve got a car back home, there are apps that will let you rent that out as well. There are even websites that allow you to rent out storage areas like your garage or space like your driveway.
If you don’t own property or a car, you can at least sell your belongings online before you leave to make some extra cash. Without rent or a car payment to worry about, your monthly expenses while traveling will be rather low.
3. Remote work can make going abroad extremely profitable
Once you’ve figured out how to live cheaply while traveling and cover the costs of your stuff back home, there’s still the problem of not bringing any money in.
This is where remote work comes in. From new companies hiring teams that are fully remote to freelancing and entrepreneurship, there are more opportunities than you might think for building a career online. Even if you’re only interested in taking a year-long break from your career to travel, picking up side gigs online can help fund your gap year.
When you consider that the U.S. is one of the most expensive countries in the world, you can see how making U.S. dollars while traveling through the world’s more affordable countries can leave you with more disposable income than what you’re used to having back home. This approach of earning income from a high cost of living area while spending it in a low cost of living area is called geographic arbitrage, and it’s an approach that people are starting to take advantage of to pay off debt faster or drastically increase their savings rate.
If you’re taking advantage of low-cost methods of travel in affordable countries, renting out your unused property, and making money online, then traveling for several months, a year, or even indefinitely can end up making more financial sense than staying home.
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Take time to explore the places you pass every day. (Photo: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images )
- Family Road Trip Planning
- Food to Pack for a Long Vacation in a Car
- Family Weekend Trips
- How to Keep Food Cold While Camping
Planning a cheap road trip is not only easy; it adds a new dimension to your adventure. Whether you want to head out for a day, a weekend or a week-long vacation, you do not need to break your budget to have a good time. A good trip really is more about the journey and the company you keep and less about the destination, so focus on how you will get there and how to find joy in your companions.
Pool your resources. If you have family members or friends who are also looking to save, consider traveling together. One member of your group might have a better vehicle, while another has camping equipment to donate. You can take turns sharing the driving or consider renting one large and more economical vehicle in which everyone can ride. You also might be able to find discounts on room prices or meals for a larger group that wouldn’t be offered to a couple or small family.
Stay local. Most states have a wide variety of state and local parks and public lands with low-cost or free admission, inexpensive camping fees and numerous outdoor activities available. These facilities are often surrounded by other tourist attractions and points of interest. Families can take several overnight trips to nearby parks for a far lower cost than a week-long stay at a hotel or resort. For an even less expensive version, use home as your base camp and plan daytime road trips to local venues you don’t usually frequent. You will save on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle and all of the headaches that come with long distance travel. Visit an old-fashioned arcade, local games and performances or take lessons in a new sport. You can go even simpler and share a picnic in the park, a family cookout or a walk in the country to look at the stars as part of your outing.
Bring along the extras. Even saving the price of a few cold sodas and bags of chips can leave you the extra cash for a memorable event you might otherwise have to pass by. Buy — or borrow, and save even more — a cooler. Head to the store and collect your family’s favorite snacks, beverages and a few simple items for meals on the go. Buying in bulk and at the grocery or discount store can save you significantly over convenience store prices. Pay at the pump when you gas up and you will be less tempted to add impulse purchases.
Go healthy. Road trips don’t have to mean sweet and salty snacks or calorie-laden meals. In fact, a vacation trip can be just the occasion to change your habits for the better. Instead of hitting the drive-through for fast food or a sit-down restaurant for lunch — eating greasy meals and paying a premium price — plan a midday stop and build your own sandwiches from a few favorite options, share a family-size container of a favorite side dish and stretch your legs with an after-meal game or walk around the park. Pack only healthy snack items, like fresh or dried fruits, cut and washed vegetables and some simple dips. Bring along a gallon-sized jug of water to share instead of sodas or to refill individual bottles. Water is much less expensive and will go further than other drinks. You also will feel better at the end of a long day without the highs and lows sugar can bring.
3 December 2020
In this article one of our Communications and Project Advisers, Ayesha, shares her favourite travel hacks to help you to get around London for cheaper!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and London life
We understand that some of you may be studying remotely to begin with due to the coronavirus situation and therefore unable to arrive on campus and in London in January.
We hope that even if you can’t join us immediately, that these articles get you excited for when you are able to join us here in London and give you a flavour of the amazing things to come.
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world! There is always somewhere to go and something to do. However all that travelling can often get expensive and tiresome, so here are some travel hacks to help you get around. Don’t forget that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, currently, you must wear a face mask and to try to maintain social distancing measures when using public transport. Guidelines may be subject to change so check our coronavirus FAQ’s regularly
The cheapest way to travel is with an Oyster card. An Oyster card allows you to travel between all parts of London on the Underground, Trams (DLR), Overground, some river boats, Emirates Air Line, and the iconic red London buses. As a student you may be eligible to apply for an 18+ Oyster which will give you 30% off on weekly, monthly, and annual travel cards!
Hours of travel
Planning your day in advance can also help you to save money. The Underground has two different prices for peak and off peak hours. Try to avoid travelling on the tube between 06:30 to 09:29 and from 16:00 to 18:59 for the cheapest fares.
Although the tube is convenient, London buses and trams may actually be a cheaper alternative with the introduction of the ‘Hopper fare’. This fare means that passengers can take a £1.50 bus/tram journey and then change onto another bus/tram for free within an hour of starting their journey. Planning your bus/tram journeys prior to travelling can help you save money. Also trams and buses offer a more scenic mode of travelling.
Walk and cycle
You could also walk/cycle the tube map. This may seem a little ambitious at first, however once you get to know London, you will realise that tube stations are actually positioned quite close together. Santander bikes are also dotted around London and can be hired for free for up to 30 minutes. If you want to borrow a bike for the whole day, it will only cost £2!
If you’re planning to use National Rail services to get around London or you fancy venturing out to the rest of the UK, a 16-25 Railcard is what you’ll need! This card allows you to get 30% off rail tickets. Also booking tickets 12 weeks in advance can help you get some of the biggest savings. Also, if you don’t have a student oyster card – you can go to a manned ticket office and link up your rail card to your regular Oyster card and enjoy 30% off-peak fares!
Skip the express
Most London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) have express trains that promise to get you into central London quickly. Although they provide a fast service, the tickets are often expensive, with a Heathrow Express ticket costing upto £37 to get you into central. A cheaper option is to take the Underground that will get you straight into the centre of town for less than £5.
Ayesha Khan, SSW Communications and Projects Adviser and UCL alumna
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People always want to know how much does it cost to travel the world and how on earth I’ve managed to travel for so long and to avoid getting a “real” job. Many people have the misconception that long-term travel is expensive, that it is more akin to a vacation — but that is most definitely not the case! Actually, in most cases, it can be cheaper to travel the world than stay home, as you’ll see in the travel expense report for three months of continuous travel below.
I’ve written extensively about the tactics I use to travel the world on a budget, but when you actually put those tactics to use, how much does it cost to travel the world?
In this post, I will share our detailed travel expense report for three months on the move.
Andrea and I are currently in the middle of driving across South America and we just wrapped up three months traveling from north to south through Peru. Spending lots of time in some of the most incredible places I’ve ever seen… It is an incredible country, by the way, if you love nature, and I’d highly recommend you start planning a trip to Peru.
Travel Expenses for Three Months
During those three months (89 days, actually — the visa is good for 90 days), we spent 9,997.29 Soles between the two of us.
At the current exchange rate, that amounts to $3,060.30.
If we break that down, that is $1,020.10 per month for a couple or $510.05 per month per person.
Breaking it down further, that’s just $34.38 per day for a couple or $17.19 per person (over 89 days).
In most of the United States, you can’t even rent a studio apartment for $510 per month, and yet this was our total expenses per person over the course of a month.
Shocking, isn’t it? Yes, travel is cheaper than you think
** Item-by-item expenses for each day are available at the bottom of this post **
Quality of Life
Now, you might think that we are living like paupers or suffering, but that’s really not the case.
We typically eat out at least once per day, if not twice. The majority of the time we stay in budget hotels — but always in private rooms with a private bath, never in crowded dorm rooms.
We can’t always stay in the cheapest place, because we need to have secure private parking for the truck. But we also go truck camping in national parks and go trekking sometimes (put the Santa Cruz Trek on your list to do!).
We go to coffee shops quite often, go out for drinks at night on occasion, and even go to the movies or something similar every once in a while.
We’re never going hungry. On the contrary, we’ve both got a soft spot for sweets like chocolate cake or ice cream, so we’ve got to put in the work to stay in shape and exercise while traveling.
We also pay the same as everybody else, we aren’t bartering for discounts by offering website publicity.
FYI: many travel bloggers get free or comped trips, hotels, activities, etc., which allows them to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do and save loads of money — something I’ve done on occasion, but NOT something that happened at all in Peru, thus it has no bearing on this expense report.
When we go somewhere expensive, like the ruins of Machu Pacchu, we make an effort to do it on the cheap so we don’t break the bank.
I kept a 4G data plan active throughout most of Peru, which was data-only (no minutes) so I could keep up the blogging business, freelancing, social media, etc, while traveling as well.
The budget numbers listed above even include 2,320 soles for gasoline ($710.32), since it is a shockingly high $4 or so per gallon throughout Peru, meaning we spent more than $200 per month on gasoline between the two of us (approximately 20% of our monthly expense).
These figures also include the costs for all of our various tourist activities, whether it’s visiting the ruins at Chan Chan, taking a boat tour to Isla Ballesta, seeing the Nazca Lines (though not by plane), or visiting Machu Picchu, among other things.
* I did not include a $350 guided mountain climb or the $160 Bolivian visa in these figures since both of those were one-time expenses only for me, but that would increase *my* monthly average to $680.05 or to roughly $22.90 per day.
Long-Term Travel Expenses
Many people reach out to me about wondering how much does it cost to travel the world, or mentioning how they wish they could travel, but they just can’t afford it… And yeah, it can be tough to afford it when staying home costs so much more than it costs to travel, making it tough to save money to travel.
It can be difficult to imagine spending in a month for everything, what many people in the US spend on their rent (if they’re lucky) or pay for the car payment.
Once you can break the cycle and quit your job to travel, you’d be surprised at just how cheap it is to keep traveling indefinitely. Being able to earn a living online is another secret for how to afford to travel, even allowing me to build my savings and investments while I do so.
So, when you combine cheap long-term travel with my monthly income reports (which doesn’t include freelance work), you get a pretty clear answer as to how I’ve managed to stay traveling (in many different forms) since January 2013.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my book Big Travel, Small Budget for more real-world examples of saving big money while traveling.
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When you’re getting ready to travel, you begin planning how you’re going to get there. If cost is your primary focus, your decision may hinge on if it’s cheaper to fly or drive. Flying and driving both have their own set of expenses as well as pros and cons. This guide will help you decide if it’s cheaper to fly or drive for your next trip.
Desert in the Atacama highlands near the Andes Mountain Chile
Is It Cheaper To Fly or Drive? Compare These Expenses First
To get an apples-to-apples comparison, you need to get an accurate list of costs for each travel method.
Below is an extensive list for driving and flying expenses. Note that not every expense may apply to you on this trip.
- Ticket Price(s)
- Checked Baggage Fees
- Airport Parking
- Transportation To or From the Airport
- Airport Terminal Food Costs
- Airport Lounge Visits
- Rental Car
- Flying Time
Flying has a lot more variables, but it doesn’t mean it’s always the most expensive option. In addition to looking at the monetary cost, you need to look at the total travel time too. Time is just as valuable as money, especially when you want to spend more time at your vacation destination.
When Is It Cheaper to Drive?
Unless you’re making a cross-country trip and renting a large vehicle, driving is almost always the cheapest travel option on paper. You’re driving your own vehicle which means you don’t have to “rent” a plane seat or rental car. You also have the flexibility to stop anywhere along the way to rest, eat, or sightsee.
With driving, your largest expense is likely going to be gas. To help you quickly estimate gas prices, use tools like GasBuddy for help determining prices for your entire route. If you have an 8+ hour drive ahead of you, also include the cost of a hotel room.
Driving can be the cheaper option in these instances:
- Traveling with a large group
- When you don’t need to book a hotel room for the drive
- Ticket prices plus airport parking exceeds the cost of gas
- You can drive your own car
- Drive time is approximately the same amount of hours as total flight time with layovers
In many cases, you might find it cheaper to drive to destinations that are 8 hours or less. When you have several family members, you might extend that range to a 12-hour drive if you are rotating drivers. A drive of more than 12+ hours might be too straining on everyone.
If you can’t book a direct flight, it can be better to drive since it can take roughly the same amount of time to fly once you factor in the time required to check-in and the layover between connecting flights.
Saving Money When Driving
Driving might be the cheapest option for you. Even though it can take longer to drive than fly for long-distance trips, gas and lodging can be cheaper than plane tickets, baggage fees, and rental cars.
If it takes at least two days to drive to the destination, consider getting a rewards credit card with a free hotel night certificate. This benefit covers the cost of a hotel night so your only travel expenses are gas and food.
Three cards that offer free annual night certificates include:
- The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
- IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
- Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
When Is It Cheaper to Fly?
Flying is faster than driving when you need to travel a long distance. If you need to make a connecting flight, flying is usually quicker for trips with an 8+ hour drive. Time is money, especially for long-distance trips.
For flying, your largest expense is the cost of each plane ticket. You have to buy a ticket for any child over the age of 2, but they can ride for free in your car. If you’re a solo traveler or have the Southwest Companion Pass, it might be cheaper to fly even for short-haul flights that require a rental car.
In these cases, it’s cheaper to fly when:
- Don’t need to pay checked baggage fees
- Driving requires multiple hotel nights (i.e. driving from Virginia to Arizona)
- Only have to buy one or two plane tickets
- Don’t need a rental car at the destination
- Have a flexible travel schedule to book the discounted flights
If you have a flexible travel schedule and can fly on cheaper travel days or can take an early/late flight, you can also save money on airfare. When you need to check a bag, you might try to avoid checked baggage fees so you only have to pay for the plane ticket and any food you buy in the terminal.
How to Travel Cheaper
If you’re planning an epic trip that requires you to fly or drive, you can save money with rewards points if you hold a best travel credit card. Reward points provide an opportunity to book award flights, hotels, or even car rentals. Plus, you can transfer your rewards points to several leading airline and hotel partners.
Not having to pay cash for airfare, hotel, or car rentals means you have more money for your other travel expenses.
Is It Cheaper To Fly or Drive? You Decide.
Now that you know what expenses to calculate and how to minimize them, it’s time to calculate which option is cheaper for you to figure if it is cheaper to fly or drive.
While you can do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper, you can also use a travel calculator. In a few minutes, you can compare driving costs to flight costs. Don’t forget to compare alternative travel dates and airports if you want to fly but can’t afford to at the moment.
Finally, you need to value travel time as much as time. You need to decide how far you’re willing to drive in one day before you need to stop and get a hotel room. If you can’t drive it all in one day, flying might be the better option when the ticket costs are reasonable.
Be travel savvy with Skyscanner’s top tips for slashing the price of your holiday.
1. Be flexible
The price of flights can vary considerably depending on the month, day and even time you travel, so do your research and be prepared to be flexible. Skyscanner lets you compare flight prices across a whole month so you can see the cheapest days to fly. Try comparing travel from a Wednesday to Wednesday with a Friday to Friday to see how much cheaper flights can be when you avoid flying at the weekend – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
2. Broaden your travel horizon
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Don’t mind where you go as long as you can get there cheaply? Skyscanner’s ‘search everywhere’ option lists the cheapest flights from your local airport in price order. You could end up with a bargain and you might discover a real hidden gem. Or check out the Skyscanner flights comparison map for an ‘at a glance’ look at which destinations are the cheapest to fly to.
3. Travel in low season
If you have the luxury of being able to avoid peak season travel, grab it! Prices jump up considerably during the school holidays. And it’s not just the summer you should avoid – don’t forget that Easter, Christmas and the two half term holidays are also likely to be more expensive. Travelling out of season will mean cheaper flights and less busy destinations – a win-win situation!
4. Be creative
If you’re not in a rush to reach your destination, consider a flight with a stopover. Skyscanner allows you to search for indirect routes (as well as direct) that are often a cheaper option. You can also save money by flying out and back with different airlines or from different airports. Even though there may be an airport on your doorstep, don’t rule out the possibility that it may be cheaper to fly from one slightly further away, even when you factor in the cost of a train or bus ticket to reach the airport. Skyscanner’s ‘flexible’ search tool allows you to mix and match your airlines to find the cheapest price, or you can use Skyscanner’s ‘nearby airports’ search feature to see how much it costs to fly from various airports.
5. Pre-book airport parking
If you need to leave your car at the airport, be sure to book your parking well in advance. And check out all your options – valet parking might sound like an expensive choice but could work out cheaper than a short stay car park, especially if booked in advance.
6. Let the train take the strain
Avoid traffic jams and rising petrol costs by taking the train. The Skyscanner app lets you search and buy train tickets for any UK route and will highlight the cheapest tickets and shortest journey times.
No, not all the way there but once you’ve arrived in a city. There’s no better way to see a place than to stroll around, taking in the architecture and looking up at those exciting new skies. But if you’re too tired to walk, then work out the metro asap before you’re tempted to jump in a cab.
8. Bring your own food on board
Don’t pay through the nose for a stale ham sandwich on your flight – save money by packing your own snacks. As long as the foods aren’t liquid (soup, humous, yoghurt), it’s fine to bring them on board. Prices are often hiked up at airport restaurants too, so if you have a long wait for your flight make sure you stock up on nibbles.
9. Beat the baggage fees
If you want to travel light, why not wear your extra items instead of cramming them into your case? A luggage jacket combined with a good hand luggage bag will make sure you get the absolute maximum amount you can on the plane. Don’t know where to start? Here’s our guide to wearable luggage. You can also avoid having to pay unexpected excess baggage charges at the airport by weighing your luggage before you leave home.
10. Pack smart
Don’t waste your money on expensive mini toiletries that you’ll just throw away once they run out. Instead, buy yourself a set of small refillable plastic bottles and fill them up each time you go away.
11. Don’t stay in the city centre
If your hotel room has a view of the Eiffel Tower chances are it’s going to be tiny and very over priced. Instead of blowing all your money on a city centre location, opt for a hotel outside the city limits where you can still enjoy all the attractions during the day but get to retreat to a quieter (and cheaper) location to rest your head at night. Use Skyscanner’s hotel search to find the best deals. For more thrifty travel inspiration, check out our budget city guides for destinations like New York.
12. Don’t worry be ‘appy
In the era of technology and gadgets, your smartphone can be a handy money-saving travel buddy. There are apps on the market for everything, including travel guides, maps, phrasebooks and even torches! Download these and you’ll save not only a wad of cash but also a lot of space in your case. Remember to download the free Skyscanner app.
13. Seek out free Wifi…
… in libraries and cafés, so you don’t hammer your data. And if you’re phoning home to find out if it’s still raining there, don’t forget to use free services such as Skype or Google +.