01 Jun 2019

Can I still go on holiday if I’m in debt?

It’s that time of year. The summer holidays are fast approaching. 

No matter what your financial situation, fun, leisure and the forging of happy memories with loved ones are so important.

Here are some ideas on how you can get away from it all for less than you think.

Find the best flight deals

If you’re looking for cheap flights but don’t have time to keep track of all the options out there, register with apps such as Sky Scanner, Jack’s Flight Club and Momondo. You’ll get the first word on all of the cheapest deals.

It’s best to be flexible

Sites such as Skyscanner and Kayak show price variations across a whole month. Mid-week flights are often cheaper. Flights in the week can range from £18 to a whopping £132 over a weekend.

If you’re willing or capable of sleeping through anything then look at the more obscure flight times as they tend to be cheaper. Alternatively, if you don’t mind hanging around at the airport in another city for a few hours then look at flights with a layover. With layovers of up to 48 hours, you have the opportunity to be able to explore another city while saving money.

Be minimalistic – pack light!

Paying for extras such as bags, seating and food can put a significant price increase on your flight. So if you don’t need it, don’t do it!

Most airlines give you a minimum of 10kg hand luggages as long as it meets their size restrictions. This is included in the price of you plane ticket, so if you can get by with 10kg, do it!

What should I pack?

  • Clothes – which I can mix and match, dress up or dress down, don’t need ironing, and I can wash easily in the sink if needs be. There are actually special detergents you can buy for handwashing when on your jollies, and they often come in travel size pods.
  • Shoes – I try to keep to one pair if possible, but at most I pack two. Usually one pair is casual and the other slightly dressy, depending on where I’m going.
  • Toiletries – the key to these is smaller, smaller, smaller! Cosmetic shops now sell toiletries in tiny bottles. Buy ones that have multiple functions such as shampoo and conditioner or hair and body wash. Save those samples of shampoo or moisturiser you get in magazines or toothpaste you sometimes get from the dentist.
  • Makeup – keep to a natural look if possible so you can keep facepaint to a minimum. A small jar of Vaseline works wonders as a moisturiser, lip balm, mascara substitute, and temporary split-end mender.

Wear your heaviest items such as coats, trainers, jumpers and jeans when you’re travelling to save weight in your hand luggage!

Where should I stay?

Although hotels do ‘great’ deals when you pay upfront, they are often more expensive than Airbnb or apartments.

If you’re looking for somewhere to drop your bags and crash, we’d recommend looking at a hostel. Most have the options of doors, private rooms and private bathrooms and they are generally your cheapest option. It’s also a great chance to meet new people!

What can I do on by budget break?

You’d be surprised at how much you can do for FREE!

Do some research before your travels and see what you can do for little to no cost. Our top suggestions are:

  • Museums
  • Castles and ruins
  • Local concerts
  • Festivals
  • Markets
  • Art galleries
  • View points
  • Walks
  • Beaches