8 Money Saving Travel Tips for 2022

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A guest post for you this week.

My good friend Josh hosts a travel blog twopassports.co.uk with girlfriend Sasha. They travel Europe and North America offering travel tips and inspiration that doesn’t break the bank. Thinking of heading somewhere this summer? Check out their site to kick-start your planning.

And while you’re at it Take a look at part 1 of my write-up about my trip to Mevagissey & Fowey, Cornwall on their site.

We’re blessed in the UK to have Europe on our doorstep. In just over two hours you can reach Portugal’s wonderful northern city Porto, or Sweden’s magical capital city Stockholm.

Yes, long-haul adventures to North America or Thailand are life changing (and strongly encouraged), but city breaks are your bread and butter – and they don’t have to be expensive. They really, really don’t.

With these simple tips and ideas, you can easily maximise your holiday enjoyment without breaking the bank unnecessarily.

1. Choose a cost-effective destination

If you are desperate for break but want to watch your purse, flexibility is key.

Avoid countries which have a high-cost of living. Scandinavia in general is pricey. As is much of Italy, France and Germany, as well as major tourist-heavy cities such as Athens, Dubrovnik and Dublin.

Some cost-effective European destinations include:

  • Spain, but specifically Malaga, Cádiz and Madrid (surprisingly);
  • Portugal in general, but specifically Porto;
  • Zadar in Croatia;
  • Prague in Czech Republic;
  • Poland in general – Warsaw and Gdansk are fabulous destinations!

2. Choose the right time of the year

Be flexible about when you go.

Avoid high season (between June to early September, and Easter). Try and avoid school holidays too, when prices rise exponentially to take advantage of the rise in families looking to get away.

If you choose Porto or Southern Spain, don’t be afraid to visit in February – March or October – November. The weather will remain comfortably around 20 degrees, perfect city walking weather.

Everything you would spend your money on is much, much cheaper. And the destination will be less busy too!

3. Do your research for the best deals – flights and accommodation

Use price comparison sites such as Skyscanner for flights, and Hotels.com for accommodation. You can tailor what you’re looking for and it will find the cheapest option. 

Often, flying between Sunday and Wednesday will be considerably cheaper.

Consider AirBnBs too. You can rent a private room in someone’s house for a remarkable price. My friend and I shared two single beds in Copenhagen (breakfast included) at £100 for 3 nights!

4. Consider which airport you fly from

Take all your transport options into consideration. If you immediately book the cheapest flights and forget it costs extra to travel there, it may be better to travel from a closer airport. You will save time and stress of extra travel.

This is really important but does take extra research. The Trainline and National Express are your best friends!

5. Try and fly with just a backpack

Consider packing light and taking only a backpack, which comes with the cost of your seat. Extra baggage costs mount up considerably and how airlines really make their money.

And to be honest, if you’re travelling to a warmer climate, you can easily travel with just a backpack.

6. Consider buying a city card or travel card

If you’re planning on packing your trip with activities, consider buying a city card. They will last between 24 – 72 hours (sometimes longer) and allow your entry into most of the city’s top attractions along with use of all public transport too.

They might seem expensive at first, but having your travel and attractions already paid for makes your trip a lot more enjoyable and stress-free.

If a city cards aren’t for you, try a travel card instead, offering you unlimited travel in a 24 – 72-hour timeframe.

7. Search out the local markets for lunch or dinner

Local markets are the heartbeat of a community. You can get so much from a city’s culture from its food produce.

Search up the local market, pack a picnic, and head to the nearest picturesque park. Not only will the food be brilliant, but it will cost a fraction of the price of a restaurant. Plus, if you have leftovers, you’ve got a great breakfast the next day.

8. Make lunch your main meal

Restaurants often put on deals to tempt in customers during the day. You can often eat abroad for €10 – €15 for 3 courses – half-price (sometimes even a third) of the price in the evening.

Stay up-to-date with Josh and Sasha’s travels at twopassports.co.uk or over on instagram @_twopassports.


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