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How to save money when planning a dream holiday

If you are wondering about holiday costs, JustMoney shares ways for you to experience the magic of travel while keeping your wallet happy.

PERHAPS your plans for a festive season holiday changed due to current circumstances or financial constraints.

In case you are worried about whether you can afford it, know that planning a dream holiday does not have to turn your pockets inside out. JustMoney.co.za, which is a site that helps South Africans make good money choices, shares some tips for saving money when planning your dream holiday.

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Shafeeka Anthony, a marketing manager at the site, outlines the ways for you to experience the magic of travel while keeping your wallet happy.

She said, “A holiday helps reduce stress and improve your mental well-being, allowing you to return to your daily life with a fresh perspective and greater motivation. During these tough economic times, it is important to remember that careful budgeting is key to unlocking great travel experiences. You do not want to come home to unexpected bills and debt that will limit your options in the new year.”

Anthony believes that travelling on a shoestring is more about finding the balance between adventure and your budget. With careful planning, it’s possible to have a great time and make lasting memories without spending a fortune. Be flexible and remain open to changes in your travel plans. Spontaneity can lead to budget-friendly adventures,” she added.

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Here are some tips for saving money when planning your dream holiday shared by JustMoney:

  • Plan ahead: Create a detailed budget and travel locally, or visit destinations that do not require visas. This helps maximise time and minimise expenses.
  • Compare prices: Search for deals on flights, accommodation and transport. Budget-friendly options include camping, house swaps, hostels and guesthouses, which are cheaper and more social.
  • Make the most out of loyalty programmes: Use airline miles, airport lounges, hotel points and other benefits. Ensure that you earn more miles or points with your latest travel plans.
  • Travel in a group: Holidays with friends or family enable you to split costs.
  • Pack light: A carry-on bag helps you avoid baggage fees and makes your journey more flexible.
  • Take out travel insurance: Avoid the expense attached to unforeseen events. Be aware of policy exclusions before signing up.
  • Download travel apps: Get information on last-minute deals and real-time currency exchange rates.
  • Stay connected: Use free Wi-Fi in public spaces and cafés to avoid data-roaming charges.
  • Eat local: Save money and enjoy authentic local cuisine by cooking your own meals or eating at local markets and street stalls.
  • Walk or bike: Explore destinations on foot or rent a bike to save money and get some exercise.
  • Pack snacks: Carry snacks and a refillable water bottle to keep hunger and thirst at bay, and avoid expensive tourist traps.
  • Visit free or low-cost attractions: Explore parks, museums, art galleries, and historic sites. Check for days with reduced or free admission. Check local event calendars for free concerts, festivals, markets and other community events.
  • Be frugal with drinks: Alcoholic beverages can be expensive at bars and restaurants. Limit your alcohol consumption or choose budget-friendly options.
  • Practise safety: Avoid risky areas, and be cautious with your belongings.
  • Limit souvenir shopping: Choose a few meaningful items from local markets.

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