Saving Money on Your Summer Holiday – Ultimate GuideAny self-respecting globetrotter is aware that traveling is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it is not always child's play. Things can be simple, but they can also be complicated. From unexpected bank charges and hours spent looking for an internet cafe, there is always something unexpected.
If you are not traveling alone, first check the price for a single passengerDepending on your destination, the flight itself may be the biggest expense of your trip. Even a slight reduction can mean a saving of a £80; hence, it is worth conducting some research beforehand. By purchasing a ticket for a single passenger before buying the other tickets, you may get a better price in the end. This is due to the airline's tiered fare system.
If there is more than one seat available at a lower price and you are looking to book directly two seats, the prices of all tickets will be inflated to the higher level. To work around this, you can follow the following steps:
Compare prices; you need to conduct two searches, the first search including only one passenger and the second search all passengers. If the price quoted per passenger is lower in the first search than for a single passenger then buy the ticket separately from the others.
By taking the ticket separately at a better price, you can divide the savings with other passengers so that everyone benefits from a reduction. Proceed to buy the remaining tickets at the same time you take the first ticket. You will be sure to take seats for everyone on the same plane.
Take advantage of a better exchange rate at the airport
It is only when you arrive at the airport that you realize that you forgot to exchange your money. Most airports have a currency exchange bureau but their relatively high rates mean that you will lose on the deal. Do not be afraid to find yourself in this situation, there is a simple solution.Most of the foreign exchange companies that you will find at the airport have different online rates than those listed directly at the counters. Thus, for the transaction to be more to your advantage, simply order your currencies online while you are at the airport and then collect them at the counter after the transaction is completed.
Reset the clock and save time (Wi-Fi)
Many airports offer travellers an hour of free Wi-Fi while they wait for their flight. This may seem enough but if your flight is late, you will probably want to access it longer. Fortunately, it is possible to extend this time with a simple trick. The timing of Wi-Fi is based on the clock of your mobile phone or laptop. Going up the clock before the time is right, you can get free Wi-Fi for as long as needed.
Use on board Wi-Fi smarter
Those who travel often by plane know that the price of on board Wi-Fi varies depending on whether you access it with your smartphone or your laptop. Wi-Fi access for laptops is usually more expensive because we tend to consider that we use more data on a laptop than on a smartphone. This simple trick can save you a little money.
Before your flight, follow one of the following links to the "User-Agent-Switcher" extension for your Chrome, Firefox or Opera browser. Add the extension to your browser. User agents allow your browser to identify the type of device on which it is used. Open the drop-down menu that you can find by clicking on the icon at the top right of the screen and change the user agent by selecting a mobile phone.
After take-off, you will be able to connect to the internet while having changed user agent. This means that you will make the network believe that you are connecting from a smartphone and not from your computer, so you can enjoy Wi-Fi at a lower price.
Download a map of the city offline from Google
It can sometimes be difficult to find a map for the destination of your choice. Fortunately, Google Maps has a simple solution to your problem. The functionality of Google "Ok Maps" is not very well known. It allows you to download the regions of your choice to be able to consult them offline. This feature is also very easy to use.Download the Google Maps app for your phone, if you have not done so already. Use the app to search for a particular city or region, then use the zoom function to cover the territory you need. It is recommended to zoom out, since the "Ok Maps" feature can save areas up to 50 miles, once this done, type "Ok Maps" in the search bar and the option will then appear to save the map.
Once the map is saved, you can access it offline by using the "my addresses" tab located on the sidebar of Google Maps. You will not be able to use offline route calculation, but GPS functions will remain active. The maps are also very detailed and will be available on your Google Maps application for 30 days.
Taking free samples in your toiletriesIf you are going away for a small break then you don’t really need to pay for check-in luggage, instead you can apply on free sample website and apply to get small samples of perfume, shampoo, body creams, which will allow you to go through the gate as they are all under 10ml. This way you can save up to £40 extra to get check-in luggage.