Top Five Holiday Money Saving Tips

Going on holiday is likely to be one of the most expensive times of the year for most people. Here are a few ways to keep the costs down and make sure you enjoy your hard earned vacation.

Get Discounted Airport Parking

Save 10% to 30% on airport parking charges

Save 10% to 30% on airport parking charges

Airport parking can really bump up the cost of your holiday, if public transport isn’t an option then this may be a necessary evil. Make sure you don’t leave booking your parking until the last minute. Use this link to Holiday Extras website to get 10% to 30% off airport parking prices in UK airports.

Get free Sat Nav for Your Hire Car

Download the free Navmii app to access maps without using any internet data

Download the free Navmii app to access maps without using any internet data

If you are hiring a car when travelling on holiday, the chances are that you will need sat nav to find your way around. Car hire companies can add hefty charges to rent these, or you can end up spending hundreds of pounds on data roaming charges if you use your mobile for this. However, if you download the free app Navmi on your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone you can access maps via GPS without using any internet data as the maps are stored offline on your phone.

Get an EHIC Card and Make Sure its Valid

Woman holding a European Health Insurance Card

Woman holding a European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card you can apply for free of charge and it entitles you to free or discounted medical treatment in state-run hospitals in any European Union country. The card entitles you to the same medical care as locals, including emergency care so make sure you get one and keep it with you. You can apply for the card by clicking on the link above. If you already have one, make sure it’s still valid!

Get an Overseas Spending Card

Halifax Clarity credit card website page

Halifax Clarity credit card website page

No matter what great exchange rate you get on holiday currency, you won’t beat the Halifax Clarity credit card that has no foreign exchange fee anywhere in the world. It also has no charge for withdrawing cash with this card, unlike most other debit and credit cards. There is no annual fee for the card but make sure you repay the card in full each month to minimise the 18.9% APR.

Don’t Buy Food or Travel Accessories at the Airport

When travelling save money by making your own sandwiches!

When travelling save money by making your own sandwiches!

Once you have passed security at the airport you are trapped into paying over-inflated prices for everything from a sandwich to an adaptor plug. Save yourself money by getting things like plugs and travel pillows from pound shops before you go.

Food at the airport and on the aeroplane is generally expensive (especially if you are travelling with kids.) Rather than paying £5 for a sandwich in the airport, make your own. Many people think that food cannot be taken through airport security, but it is only liquids that are prohibited. It might only seem like a small thing but who wants to pay £2 for a bag of crisps?!

So there you have our top tips for saving money on your holiday. To make sure you get the best deal when booking your holiday check out Panoramicvillas.com today for a great choice of villas and apartments at reasonable prices.

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