When those three summer months come round, it’s hard to resist the temptation of going on holiday with friends, especially to get away from the 9am lectures and 5,000 word essays. It’s important however to be responsible when booking a holiday, and to not scrimp and save the important bits! Plenty of research is important, don’t rush into the first thing you see and like, make sure you know everything there is to know about the place and area, don’t go on holiday blindfolded!
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful holiday:
- Take into consideration the time of year you go on holiday, travel companies have been known to double or even triple their prices when it goes into summer holidays; so make the most of your university semester finishing before schools and save some money.
- Make sure you pick the correct board option for you; if you know that organising your food for the week will be difficult for everyone going, then all inclusive may be for you. Make sure you check all the available offers to choose the correct one for you, also take into account the prices, sometimes all inclusive will be much cheaper even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time of booking!
- Don’t be fixated on looking for holidays abroad. Remember that sometimes holidays in your own country may be just as good at getting away for a week or so. It also comes with less stress for example no money needs to be exchanged!
- An ISIC card is really useful to have when going on holiday, the International Student Identity Cards provide discounts in various different places and are well worth an investment.
- This is perhaps one of the most important parts to going on a holiday abroad, travel insurance. This is essential for all holidays when anything could happen, you don’t want to end up in hospital with then hundreds or thousands of pounds of charges to pay! Firstly don’t always go with your travel company’s insurance, it is possible to find cheaper insurance with a bit of searching on the internet. Secondly make sure you know the terms and conditions of your insurance, not all packages pay out for damages induced by alcohol for example, and if you’re doing water sports then you’ll need to check that this is covered too.
- A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a very important card also to carry around when holidaying in Europe, it provides healthcare at cheaper costs. However even though these cards are free, they do have expiry dates, so make sure yours is in date. Make sure you never pay for one of these cards; there are some dodgy sites on the internet offering fake EHIC cards, especially at this time of year.
- If you're looking for more upmarket accommodation, or there are a lot of you going, how about looking at renting an apartment? It almost always works out cheaper and gives you much more space for everyone, usually including kitchens, they allow the option of eating in as well.
- Make sure you make a budget, when you know how much you want or can afford to spend you know how much you have for the holiday and for spending money. Make sure you don’t go over this amount, your bank balance won’t thank you for it.
- Don’t go out and buy specific travel size toiletries just for your holiday, Primark for example sells 100ml empty bottles (3 for a £1) specifically for filling up to take on holiday. Use from your original stash, don’t buy more just for the sake of it!
- Pre-arrange your airport transport, if your travel company offers it for no extra charge then use it! Taxi drivers at foreign airports wait for travellers to come through just so they can charge you more than normal!
- Turn off your mobile phone data or roaming, you don’t want to get back from a nice relaxing break to a hefty phone bill. If you know you will want to use your phone abroad, check out your provider’s bundles and special offers. If not make the most out of the available Wi-Fi or internet cafes.
- Don’t always buy food from the tourist places, they will be charging you extra. This is where research comes in handy, if you know where you are going or what you are going to do you can make sure you save on the spending.
- Finally, most importantly, make sure everyone in the party agrees. The worst possible outcome of a holiday is arguments, so make sure everyone knows all the details and they are happy before anyone steps foot on that flight!
Happy holiday searching!