Research shows that we spend almost half of the total cost of our holidays on pre-trip extras.
The research from British Airways shows the average cost of a holiday for a family of four is a scarily high £4,260, despite the fact that the average flights and accommodation only cost £2,238. So where does the other half go? Apparently, we spend 45% of the total amount of our holidays on a mix of pre-holiday pampering, new clothes, unnecessary extras at the airport and more.
The problem is that all of this feels like part of the fun when it comes to booking a holiday. So how do you save money without losing out on the excitement of the build up?
A trip to the salon is always tempting, but is comes at a significant cost, especially if you’re interested in having multiple treatments. Instead, why not arrange a pamper night in with your friends and family?
Buying a new summer wardrobe is often more of a necessity than a luxury. But instead of waiting for the new collections to hit the shelves, stock up each year at the end of holiday season on the basics for next year’s trip, meaning you only need to buy a couple of statement pieces at full price.
Extras at the airport
Airports are expensive, despite the fact that they often make savings on tax that they rarely share with customers. The easiest solution to saving here is to buy what you need – snacks, magazines, books – from the high street alternatives and take them along in your hand luggage.
We treat ourselves to duty free items at the airport because we believe it’s saving us big bucks, but is it? According to research done by Good Housekeeping last year, popular items such as alcohol, chocolate and sunglasses were actually cheaper online or on the high street. Although perfume, tobacco and beauty products are still better value in the duty free.
On many airlines, you pay separately for your baggage, and it’s not always cheap. Depending on where you’re flying to, it may be cheaper to leave the toiletries at home and buy them when you arrive, to cut down on your luggage weight.
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