A big holiday abroad can be the experience of a lifetime, and often people save up for years to afford one great trip away. After so much preparation, you want to make sure that your holiday is perfect, and if possible, save a few pennies so you can spoil yourself that much more when it comes to getting on the plane.
Start with a good exchange rate, at places like Currencies Direct’s travel-money service. Foreign exchange costs a surprising amount and particularly if you’re exchanging a lot. Unless you’re going to the Eurozone, it’s worth making sure you have a few dollars, and as the dollar to pounds rate is so good at the moment, they’re more than worth it as a backup.
Next up is to buy things when you get there. This saves you a little space in your bag and maybe a lot of money. Things like suntan lotion are usually a lot cheaper abroad (except in Latin America) so it’s worth waiting until you get out there before splashing out.
Again, depending on where you’re going, it might be worth looking up local transport routes. Generally speaking you can buy things in advance from the UK, but a trip that could cost £50 when bought from the UK could cost a fraction of that when you get out to your destination, particularly if you’re willing to hop on a bus with the other local travellers.
Last of all, restrict your mobile phone use when you get out there, if you’re going to be at your destination for a long time it’s worth buying a local sim, but otherwise, roaming data charges can be huge so it’s best to reduce your phone use as much as possible.