23, 05, 2018
This time in 7 weeks I will be in Ibiza on a girls holiday to celebrate my friend Lauren‘s Hen Do before she gets married next year. With the holiday falling in the middle of the month and due to unforeseen circumstances I’ve had to start thinking about how to survive a pre pay holiday when you are basically using that month’s wages as your spending money. I also started to think about ways to save and budget for future holidays so I hopefully don’t find myself in the same situation.
The obvious way to avoid paying out a lot of money is the pre work when booking and planning the holiday and luckily for me the hotel that Lauren chose for our holiday was an all-inclusive hotel which includes all food and drinks, which is without a doubt a large part of both an Ibiza holiday and hen do celebrations. Our hotel in particular is all inclusive until 11pm at night and a lot of the big clubs don’t open until after this so I will be taking full advantage of this as I’m quite skilled at the art of pre drinking and saving money once in the clubs because I’m firmly wearing my drunk hat still.
The food is covered in the all inclusive price as well so there is always the option to not actually leave the hotel at all when it comes to meal times but no one wants to go on holiday and not leave the hotel. If you go out for food look for restaurants and bars outside of the town centre or any heavily populated areas as they tend to be cheaper. Or if you prefer have free choice over your food then book a self catered apartment and visit the local supermarket to save on spending money, and you’ll also know exactly how your food has been cooked and prepared.
When booking your accommodation take into account that whilst it may be cheaper to book one a little further afield from the nearest town would it still be cheap once you factor in transport or petrol costs for your daily activities. If you book the holiday far enough in advance you can make monthly payments and then look into what else you can budget into said payments like travel insurance. If you are going on more than one holiday check whether it is cheaper to book your travel insurance as a single or annual booking, and you can also arrange your airport transfers prior to flying.
Another great way to save some money is to create your own travel sized toiletries by getting a reusable Travel Set of Bottles rather than paying out on all the miniature products. Whilst they are totally adorable and I have previously been totally pulled in by the cute factor they aren’t actually a good deal in terms of cost and you end up paying more for the millilitre percentage in the bottle, so why not just fill the bottles with the products you already have in your bathroom.
If prior to your holiday you know of any trips or places you’d like to visit check if you can book them in advance as not only are they usually cheaper if booked online but you also won’t be disappointed on the day if the trip is fully booked. If you are booking anything once you are abroad ask around as to whether there are any ticket merchants that have discounted offers and compare the price to what they are selling in your hotel to get the best deal you can. You can also ask the hotel or research in advance how much is expected as a tip during your holiday as this is not always something we factor in when creating a holiday budget.
I always check in advance whether the hotel has wifi and whether this is an additional cost or comes with the holiday package. I also check whether my mobile provider has a free roaming option and whether the place I am visiting falls into that category as there’s nothing worse than coming home and being hit by a huge phone bill. Although in an emergency you could opt for a same day loan to cover any expenses you hadn’t expected, especially if you come home and still have a while to go until pay day but only need a fail safe for a week or so. Do you have any money saving tips for booking a holiday and how to budget well?