Today I am thrilled to be hosting the wonderful Rhian from Rhian Westbury, I absolutely adore following her travels and seeing which shows she goes to and here today is sharing some great travel tips.
I’m forever going away on city breaks as I think they’re one of the best ways of exploring Europe and heading to a city for a few days will give you a good overview and you’ll know if it’s worth visiting again or whether you’ve done all you want to do. Working a full time office based job can make travelling hard which is why city breaks can be fantastic as you can use just a day or two around a weekend to make a good holiday, or max out on bank holidays. Over my years of city breaks here are some tips on how to save money when exploring the continent.
Be open to destination
Most of us have lists of places we want to visit but if you’re set on going away at a particular time you might find your top location is pretty pricy to fly to. Use a flight site/ app like Sky scanner and choose your dates then click search everywhere and this will show you where the cheapest places to fly to are. This is the reason why I first went to Copenhagen as flights were so cheap (about £40 return) and I ended up falling in love.
Try to go for non-Euro using countries
With the pound not being the strongest the Euro exchange rate can be pretty expensive and make going abroad even more expensive. I’ve generally found countries in Eastern Europe particularly who use their own currency tend to work out cheaper for living costs when it comes to public transport, food etc so don’t be drawn into the conventional Euro using countries.
If you can be flexible on flight dates
Normally when I’d look to go away over a weekend I’d opt for Friday – Sunday, but even moving it by a day and going Saturday – Monday can affect your flight prices. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s tend to be the cheapest days to fly so if you can be flexible do it. If you use Sky scanner you can browse through the prices each day to a particular location to know which days are best to fly.
Look for very late or very early flights
Most people want to travel early but not super early so flights around mid-late morning tend to be the most expensive. Being prepared to have a 7am flight could save you lots of money, or even going late the night before around 9pm can be cheaper.
Book flights in an incognito window
When you browse online your computer collects cookies so that what you have searched for and browsed is searched so if you keep looking at similar flights you might find that on the second/ third look they’re more expensive. This is because the airlines have seen you’re interested in the flight as you’ve looked before so they want to get more money out of you/ frighten you into booking. If you look through an incognito window the cookies aren’t stored and it’s like searching afresh so you could find a cheaper version of a flight.
Don’t be afraid of the word hostel
Before a few years ago I’d always thought hostels were just for young travellers who wanted to make friends and were rooms full of hundreds of bunk beds, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. When I first went to Stockholm hotels were pretty pricey so I looked at hostels and found that private rooms do exist, and even private bathrooms too. All of the hostels I’ve stayed at before have been really nice and far more like hotels than you’d expect.