Make Memories, Save Money

Now that the festive period is over, the lull of January can often feel underwhelming, increasing the need to start planning some exciting things to look forward to!

We’re all feeling the pinch after Christmas, so editor (and travel-junkie!) Danielle shares some of her top tips: whether you’re a long-haul lover, or prefer a staycation (that’s a vacation in the UK!), check out how to bag yourself a holiday bargain…


Flights

Try… Skyscanner.com

Booking direct with the airline isn’t always the cheapest option. By using comparison sites like Skyscanner (also available as an app), you can look at all the available flight options on your chosen dates, as well as searching the entire YEAR for the cheapest flights, if you’re flexible or looking for inspiration! It even gives you the choice to ‘Search Everywhere’; offering you the cheapest destinations for the month you want to travel in. 

Bonus tip…

Once you’ve found your perfect trip, head to KAYAK.co.uk and input the same dates and destination to see if you can pick it up even cheaper.


Experiences

Try… Groupon

If you haven’t heard of Groupon yet, where have you been?! The original ‘voucher experience’ site, Groupon pulls together everything from household goods to restaurant meals, at hugely discounted rates. Better still, you can book hotel packages, holidays (including flights) and – my personal favourite – days out. Whether you’re looking for an unusual activity for a day off, or something to entertain the whole family – from go-karting to zoo trips, rock climbing to spa days – Groupon has something for everyone!

Bonus tip…
Some experiences are time-restricted, so always check the fine print before buying a voucher.


Hotels

Try… Trivago.co.uk

I’m a huge fan of sites such as Booking.com for finding the perfect room for my trip. The only downside to most of these, is that it doesn’t include budget hotels such as Travelodge and Premier Inn in the search results. Enter, Trivago. This comparison site will not only show you results including all the typical chains, but will give you various different booking sites to compare the prices, too. 

Bonus tip…
When you’ve found a good deal, head to the hotel’s website to check they don’t have any special offers or discount codes that comparison sites may not show.