A new year and a new decade means a new wanderlust list we need to start ticking off. And over the years we’ve become quite savvy in ensuring our travel habit won’t break the bank. Here are our top money saving tips for the frequent traveller to help you get the most out of your adventures.
Join a hotel rewards programme
Ok, so you won’t start saving money as soon as you sign up to a rewards programme, but, like all points based reward systems the more you use that service, the more points you’ll rack up. And in the hotel world, points mean anything from a discounted stay, complimentary upgrade, to free nights. In order to make the most out of the hotel rewards system, it’s worth doing a bit of research around each one to discover which one would be the most beneficial for you. Key things to look out for:
- Is it free to join?
- Is it simple to understand?
- How many hotels does the chain have, and are they in locations you want to visit?
- What can you spend the points on?
Remember, the hotels you choose might not be in the country you want to travel in but could be based at the airport you frequently fly from- perfect for those early departures, or those late night arrivals.
Save on your travel to and from the airport
Speaking of the airport, if your wanderlust list contains destinations you need to fly to, it’s worth factoring in the cost of getting to and from the airport. If friends and family are unable to transport you, investing in a booklet of carnet tickets is your best option. Designed for those travellers who make regular trips to the airport by train, they’re ideal if you plan on flying a few times a year.
If travelling by train to the airport isn’t an option, and you’re considering parking your car there, there are ways you can save here too. Signing up to airport newsletters for discount codes and special offers, as well as booking in advance are all great ways of saving those pennies when it comes to airport parking.
Use a multi-currency account
Avoid paying extra abroad when you take out money from an ATM or when using your debit or credit card by opting for a multi-currency account. Relative new-comers, Monzo offer users free withdrawals up to £200 and don’t charge when you use your card abroad. Their user-friendly app also allows you to top up your card whilst you’re abroad and helps you keep an eye on your spending too. Similarly, Caxton and the Post Office offer pre-loaded currency cards. Simply choose the local currency and top up as needed. These seemingly small savings on overseas transactions soon add up – especially if you’re a frequent traveller.
It’s said that travelling makes you richer, and with these tips you’ll at least make some savings – perhaps to put towards your next jaunt.