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Top tips for cheap trips

By Olivia Sandelin | Nov 29, 2017 |
Cut costs with LayAway’s top tips for budget friendly travel.

It’s all about timing

This is arguably one of the most important budget friendly tips. Plan your trip during off-peak holiday seasons and avoid school holidays. Travelling on public holidays, such as Christmas and New Year is often cheaper and you can still enjoy the festive season. 

Book in advance

The beauty of LayAway is you can manage your finances and book a trip you can afford! This means you’ll pay your holiday off before you leave, over a period of 5 to 24 months, and when booking in advance this is very achievable. Remember, the longer the layby, the smaller the payments!

Choose accommodation wisely

Accommodation can be the biggest money scammer, so look for the following features: 
- Kitchen facilities: Avoid dining out and opt for in-room dining and cook at home. 
- Location: Ensure it’s a central location to avoid expensive transport costs.
- Bunk in: Book twin or shared rooms to accommodate your entire group. Extra rooms means extra cost. 

Be inclusive

Look for inclusive offers and get more bang for your buck. Many LayAway holidays include complimentary meals, Wifi, accommodation for kids or attraction passes.  Cruises also offer all-inclusive packages, including main meals and a variety of free activities and events.

Do your research

Research before your holiday! Pay for theme park and attraction passes in advance and save on costly up-front fees. Advanced booking gives you access to discounted packages and you’ll avoid long queues and entertainment taxes. 

Save on food and drink

Eating out daily can drastically reduce any budget. Not eating out three times a day will save you a bundle, shopping for ingredients is a great way to discover local markets. Avoid the mini bar, prices are often higher than local supermarkets! Take snacks and water to theme parks and attractions to avoid shelling out huge costs at these venues. 

Avoid transportation costs

Transportation costs are often extremely high when travelling, and can easily drain a holiday budget. Choose accommodation in a central location you to save money on costly transport and you’ll be able to explore on foot! Using public transport or ride sharing services is also a good way to get around, and cheaper than a taxi. Most LayAway packages include the transfer cost to and from the airport, another great way to save on a costly trip! 

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