5 Ways To Save Money On Your Holiday In Spain
Its that time of the year again, when you are looking for a value for money week abroad with the family. Even considering the current economic downturn families still wish to take that foreign sun holiday, and they want it obviously at a competitive price. It’s only natural that with the short and sometimes disappointing summers in Ireland and the UK people want to get away to the sun!
Spain and its magical Islands continue to be a very popular holiday destination – so we have compiled a list of 5 money saving tips in which you should bear in mind when booking that holiday to Spain! Read on for more…
Be Selective about your Destination – If you want to save money on your Spain Holiday, perhaps you should check out alternative locations on the mainland or on the islands. For example the likes of Marbella, Malaga and Alicante may be that bit more expensive than someplace like Northern Spain. Find out where the locals go by researching travel websites. You could base yourself someplace an hour away from the main seaside resort yet your accommodation may not be overly expensive if you travel off the beaten track! Shop around and search for the perfect fit for you and your family!
Be Flexible with the time of year you wish to travel – Remember that if you want to go to Spain at peak times that you will pay accordingly for both flights and accommodation! So perhaps try and travel at off peak times, which are less likely to be thronged compared to the school holidays in July and August. A week in May or September can be just as enjoyable as during the peak times, and less crowded in the process!
Plan and Book Well in Advance – Travel Weekly ran a report in 2008, which stated that British people are eager to book their holidays to Spain well in advance in order to save money for the holiday, and also in the hope of grabbing a hotel deal by confirming their availability early! Research has shown that 10% of people actually book their summer vacation before Christmas. Even though there has been a credit squeeze for the past year, this has not deterred holidaymakers from eyeing up a bargain – so with access to broadband and the world wide web never being wider, get online and search for that Spain travel deal, and secure that hard earned holiday!
Look for Free Attractions – Remember that entertaining the kids is not just about water parks and theme parks that may cost you 50 at least to enter for a family! If you plan your vacation well in advance, you will find that many areas in Spain have free attractions to enter such as museums, natural parks, and obviously the resorts! Walk the countryside, take trips to the relics of the Roman and Moorish civilizations, make films with your video camera, and play games with the children – these activities don’t have to cost you anything!
Avail of a Value for Money Car Rental – Obviously the best way to explore a vast country with so many attractions is to avail of a car rental. Not only will it give you complete freedom and flexibility throughout your holiday, you will also avoid paying extra and waiting on public transport every time you and the family wish to visit a major attraction, visit a waterpark or get to the beach! To get the best deals in car rental, shop around and make sure that you are completely satisfied with what the car hire contract includes. For the best deals available in car rental, check out our Car Hire Spain page.
Things like 3rd party insurance, Collision Damage Waiver, protection from theft; unlimited mileage and roadside assistance are all-important factors.
Ensure that you hire a vehicle that suits your travel requirements (luggage and number of passengers). To save money further on your car rental, ensure that the pick off and drop off locations are the same – there may be an extra charge if you pick up the car in a different place to where you drop it off! Endeavour also to see if there are any hidden extras with your car rental - requirements like GPS Systems and child restraints/baby seats may incur an extra charge so check this all out. As with planning the holiday, try and secure your car rental well in advance!
Hope you enjoyed our tips as to how to save money when holidaying in Spain! Have you been to Spain in the past? What other money saving Spanish holiday tips would you recommend for our readers? If you have any extra Spain travel tips that our readers should be aware of please let us know. We appreciate your comments.