Experts’ clever ways to save money on travel – from hotel picks to flight hacks

The cost of living crisis mean that many Brits are tightening their belts this year.

But, that doesn’t always mean giving up on the things you love so long as you stay within your budget.

And, holidays and staycations can provide much needed rest and recovery from stressful periods.

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Luckily, there are ways you can keep costs down when planning a trip – you don’t have to spend a fortune every time.

One option is to opt for a cheap holiday resort like Butlin’s which offers low cost holidays with shows and other entertainment included.

Alternatively, try the hacks below to cut down on additional costs.

Cheaper package options

Butlin's adult-only weekends are back for 2023 – and the accommodation with shows, comedy gigs and pool parties included start from just £79 per person.

Alternatively, you could leave your destination up to chance with a Wowcher £99 mystery holiday.

You might end up bagging a trip to Disneyland Paris, an igloo in Finland or even a weekend in New York.

For those that want to choose their own holiday there are still things you can do to save money overall outside of a package.

Choose the business district

Jacob Wedderburn-Day, CEO of travel company Stasher, told the Sun that one way to travel for less is to reconsider the area you book your hotel in.

According to him, the business district can be cheaper than the central town square or tourist hotspots.

He noted: "A great tip is to look for hotels in the business district which will have less demand on Friday and Saturday nights from people travelling for work.

"These areas will be well connected to the city via local transport and are often closer to the airport than if you were staying in the heart of the city."

Book a later flight

Jacob also recommends booking a late flight home to give you a whole extra day of sightseeing without having to pay for another hotel room.

He added: “Before you go, research a luggage storage location where you can stash your suitcase(s) for a small cost on your last day after your hotel check-out time. “

Use Google Flights with Legroom

If you’re someone who prefers to have extra legroom on your flight, but doesn’t want to shell out more cash for the privilege then Zachary Abel has a hack for you.

The Instagram travel pro showed how a Chrome extension can bag you a seat with enough room to stretch out.

  • Travel expert shares Google Flight hack that gets you extra legroom for free

In a video, he explained: “Here’s a Google Flight hack you may not know about.

“Let’s say you want to go from LA to New York from November the 12th to the 16th.

“You see JetBlue, United and Delta are all the same price and it’s a really great deal. So what’s the best option? Enter: Leg Rooms for Google Flights.”

You can add Legrooms for Google Flights to your Chrome browser as an extension.

The Instagram star noted: “Look what it does – same flights – it tells you how much legroom you’re going to have. “

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