With the value of the pound having fallen dramatically as a result of the Referendum result last week, it’s time to think about how to make your holiday money go further.
Whether you are on a budget holiday or going for something more luxurious, you can save £££ by organising your currency, parking and phone calls in advance – leaving you more spending money to enjoy while you are at your destination.
Cheap foreign currency: Airports are the worst places to change money as they give very poor rates compared to the high street. Buy your currency in advance from a local travel agent, or better, still, order it online from www.travelex.co.uk or www.postoffice.co.uk.
Best cards to use abroad: A lot of debit and credit cards really rack up the charges if you use them to shop abroad, and you can be hit by hefty fees if you withdraw cash via an ATM. This can amount to 3% of the purchase price or a £1.50 fee each time you spend. Beat the charges by opting for the Halifax Clarity card or The Post Office Platinum Card which charges no fees on purchases overseas and 0% interest on balance transfers for 22 months with no balance transfer fee.
Save money on calls abroad: if you have a Skype account you can use an internet café to make calls via a wi-fi network. Or you could use a service like Just Call which claims to cut the cost of landline calls overseas.
Find supercheap flights: If you can be really, really flexible, then a website like Cheap Flights which has a bunch of bargains – some flight-only, some with accommodation. Many of the offers expire within days, but if you can travel with very short notice you could get a great deal. Also worth trying is Expedia.
Plan ahead for airport transfers: Instead of using expensive airport taxis when you arrive at your destination, why not pre-book your transfer to your hotel or apartment with a service like Shuttle Direct or Travel Republic and beat the queues as well as saving money.