Top Tips for Credit Crunch Travel
The fact that the constant barrage of credit crunch related news is so grim at home only makes me more desperate to escape to a place where at least if the news isn’t any less grim I can’t understand what they’re saying. And some sun would be nice too. That always cheers me up.
As well as shopping around for credit crunch travel discounts there are some other ways to plan for a cheap holiday, without cheap holiday meaning a fortnight sitting in a house you can’t really afford the mortgage for. These are the World Reviewer Top Tips for Cheap Credit Crunch Travel.
Like the scouts and dentists will tell you – be prepared.
No point going to Egypt and skipping the pyramids because they’re a bit pricey, if you look around in advance many destinations can offer you a combo deal, tickets to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower with a boat ride down the Seine thrown in for example.
There’s also no point going to a place where the shopping is bound to tempt with your suitcase at full weight on the way out. Leave a bit of breathing room in your luggage to avoid a scene at the airport where you have to start jettisoning your smalls to fit that coat that was too cheap not to buy.
Know what you’re got coming to you.
European travellers are entitled to a free European Health Insurance Card which means if something untoward befalls you medically you can save yourself a lot of extra cash and worry! British travellers should also check out if they’re entitled to get their travel jabs free on the NHS from their GP – a lot of people will find they are.
Stick to your budget.
You can be thrifty even after you hit the ground. Simple things like eating out where the locals do rather than in the often over priced and less authentic tourist areas, and carrying a drink in your bag can help you stick to a daily budget.
Mind the false economy
Being flexible about your travel arrangements will always save you money but if the cheapest flight available means you’re going to get into the airport at 3am and have to catch a cab to the hotel - which will promptly charge you for a whole additional night - then you may want to reconsider.
Don’t leave it to the last minute
Leaving it until the last minute only really works if you can be flexible. If you’re hoping you’ll be able to arrange cheap parking at the airport on the day you probably also think credit crunch is a cereal. These little details all add up in the end.
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