Top five ways to keep Christmas holiday costs down

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Sitting round a lively fire in the company of friends and family whilst watching the snow settle outside: many British families will be spending Christmas in the traditional way this year.

Travel cardsHowever, sun, sea and sand are on the cards for others, with 27% of families with young children having booked a winter getaway over the Christmas period, according to data from On The Beach.

Christmas is an expensive time whether you’re at home or abroad. Here are a few ways you can keep the costs of a festive holiday down whilst overseas.

Be flexible

Have a rough date in mind when booking a holiday, but try not to have your heart set on it. A little bit of flexibility can make for big savings, as some dates and times will be significantly cheaper than others.

Currency exchange

Getting organised on the run-up to a holiday is stressful, and it can be tempting to leave some things to the last minute.

With travel money, however, it is important to get sorted early to avoid expensive airport conversions. By comparing the market well in advance, you will reap the financial rewards.

Set a budget

And stick to it! Remember to include all possible expenses, including car hire, taxis and food. A great way to keep on top of your budget is to take a prepaid card. These cover many different types of currency and are safer than carrying around stacks of cash.

Travel newsletters

A lesser-known way to make savings when booking a holiday is to sign up to online travel newsletters. A number of hotels and airlines hold a weekly sales period, where prices are cropped significantly.

Choosing accommodation

After booking flights, you will need to look for somewhere to stay. By making sure your hotel is within easy reach of the main sights and attractions, you will save on taxis and public transport; and by booking somewhere with cooking facilities you will spend less on food.

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