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Travel Tips: Budgeting for your Holiday

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Gretta Schifano
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How do you budget for your holidays and trips? From adjusting your spending habits, to knowing where to find the best travel deals, there are many ways you can save the pennies for your holiday.

With the weakening of the pound over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to look carefully at your travel costs and to work out how to meet them, to make your money go further.

Here are some great blogs, offering helpful tips and advice for how to travel on a budget where you can find helpful tips and advice for travel budgeting…

Kash Bhattacharya – Stylish budget travel

Kash Bhattacharya writes about travelling in style on a budget on his multi award-winning blog Budget Traveller (he was the 2016 National Geographic Travel Blogger of the Year). Kash aims to challenge people to think differently about budget travel, and shares a wealth of valuable free resources on his website. His post, How to visit 15 European cities for less than £250, shows how to travel across Europe on a budget, by plane, coach and train.

Heather Cowper – 50+ luxury travel

Heather Cowper’s focus in her blog Heather on her travels is on authentic travel experiences ‘with a little luxury’ for the over-fifties. Heather says that there are plenty of ways to find great value when you’re planning your holidays. In her post, Luxury for less – 8 ways to save money on travel (and still have a great experience), Heather shares her top travel budgeting tips.

Janice Waugh – Solo travel

Following the death of her husband, and finding herself with an empty nest, Janice Waugh decided to explore the world on her own. Janice created her Solo Traveler blog to share her experiences of solo travel. Her posts on travelling on a budget are very practical and helpful for anyone who’d like to save money when they travel. Her post Ultimate Travel Money Guide: How to Budget and Save on Travel, contains a wealth of travel budgeting advice.

Matthew Karsten – Adventure travel

Matthew Karsten is passionate about travel, and about helping others to budget so that they can explore the world as he does.

He explains on his Expert Vagabond blog how he saved up to go travelling: ‘I spent a year saving money, sold my car, bought a bicycle, stopped going out to clubs/bars, cooked food at home, and spent all my free time building a small online business selling eBooks.’ In his post, How I Saved Money for Travel (You Don’t Need To Be Rich), Matthew shares some very detailed budgeting advice which is helpful for all kinds of travel.

Sarah & Terry Lee – Affordable luxury travel

Married couple Sarah and Terry Lee write about luxury travel on a budget on their website Live Share Travel. They say: ‘we enjoy helping our readers travel the world without it costing them a fortune – liberating luxury on every trip.’ They’ve written a guide to affordable luxury travel, and they share useful travel tips and advice in posts such as How to book a package deal – 7 tips to find a great package holiday and transform your travels

Final thoughts

Our biggest tip to help you budget for your holiday would be to consider the additional costs that can make up your holiday. Budgeting for a holiday isn’t just about flights and accommodation.

From airport transfers, booking your airport parking and buying your medical travel insurance, to hire cars and spending money.

It all adds up and should all be budgeted for.


Gretta Schifano

gretta schifano smiling portrait  Gretta Schifano is an award-winning travel blogger and journalist. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teenagers, and 50+ travel, on her blog Mums do Travel. Her work has also been published by the Financial Times, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. Winner of the Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London.