Summer holidays on a budget

I’ve recently booked a holiday to Rome in the summer. Although I am on a pretty tight budget at the moment I was determined to make it happen. Here are some tips for planning a summer break on a budget:

Book now!

A big money saver, in my experience, is booking well in advance. Don’t leave it until the last minute when all the flights you wanted are sold out and there is limited accommodation for what you would like available.

Of course, there are some last minute money saving tricks you can use but if you’re going to book in advance book well in advance.

Be flexible on your destination

Rome is exciting but there are so many other destinations in Italy that I could have picked that would be just as amazing but a bit less expensive. It’s simple supply and demand. If you go to a destination that is less popular and off the beaten track you can usually save some money.

Be flexible on everything else too (dates, airport location etc.)

It’s not just the destination that can save you money. Be flexible with all aspects of your summer holiday to get the best deal. I really wanted to book to leave on one Friday in June and return the following Friday. However, I found that Thursday to Thursday flights saved me a lot of money. I also found that leaving a bit earlier to fly from a bigger airport saved by over £50 which was ultimately a bit of a bargain.

Airbnb it

Okay, so I have no admit I am an airbnb newbie. However, I have booked the cutest flat in Rome and I am saving a lot of money on the hotels that I was looking at in a similar location. What’s not to love about it? I get to stay in a whole flat and immerse myself into the life of someone who actually lives in Rome for a week.

I’ll write a post about my actual experience with airbnb in the summer.

Make a realistic budget/itinery in advance

You don’t really know how long a week in a nice destination is going to set you back until you sit down and realistically consider what you want to experience. It’s a good idea to consider the types of tours that you want to go on, food that you want to eat and nights out that you want to have before you go so you can stick to it. If you have a budget to stick to while you’re at home it makes sense to have one while you’re away too.

Let me know if you have any other tips for budgeting a summer holiday trip!

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