92% of Brits Overspend Abroad – How to Travel Cheap in Europe

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If you’re planning on travelling abroad soon, don't miss out on Bobatoo’s tips below to make sure you don’t make the same mistake as the 92% of Brits who tend to overspend while on their travels!

From packing your own shampoo and tea bags, to bagging the correct travel insurance and hiring a car abroad, here is our must-read guide to being money-wise on your holidays this year.

How to travel cheap in Europe

Know the local currency

When travelling to a foreign country, many people overspend because they are unfamiliar with the local currency – a critical error which you’ll only realise when back at the hotel, wondering how you spent £7 on a loaf of bread!

To avoid this scenario, do some travel money research and make a note on your phone of an approximate exchange rate. If you note down how much equates to £1, £5, £10 and £20, it’ll be much easier to convert your spending back to pounds when out and about.

You could also consider applying for a travel money card before you leave. They’ll offer you a fixed exchange rate from the moment you load up your card and can help you budget while you’re travelling.

Find out more about travel money cards in Bobatoo’s pros and cons guide.

Don’t be caught out by data roaming charges

Using your smartphone abroad could potentially cost you hundreds of pounds, so make sure that you contact your network provider before you leave to ask about using your phone abroad. Some networks offer it at no extra charge – particularly in Europe – whereas others might add considerable charges.

The good news is that there are certain useful apps which do not require internet connection, so you can use them for free on your travels! One of these is Google Maps, which you can use without internet connection as long as you have downloaded the relevant maps before you travel – very handy if you need to navigate around an unfamiliar location!

Don’t wait around for travel insurance

Travel insurance will be cheaper the closer you are to your departure date, but that isn’t a reason to delay buying it. Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert is one of many who insist that you should buy travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked, to make sure that you’re covered for any cancellations.

Pre-book your car hire

If you plan on hiring a car abroad, it can sometimes be cheaper to book ahead – you might even be able to add it to your holiday package. Decide what optional extras you’ll be needing (air-con, sat-nav, excess insurance etc.) and ditch anything that you won’t.

Taking your own car? Check your insurance

If it’s feasibly possible, you may wish to take your own car on holiday with you. If this is the case, then make sure that your car insurance is still valid for driving in Europe, as a basic policy will only cover you when you’re in the UK.

You should also consider purchasing the relevant breakdown cover, which would be an absolute lifesaver if you found yourself stranded in unfamiliar territory with nobody to call!

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Consider staying in an Airbnb

Airbnb is a service which allows people to rent out anything from rooms and apartments to mansions and houseboats, which can sometimes be a lot cheaper than staying in a traditional hotel! The more people you have travelling in your group, the less it’ll cost you per-person, making it an ideal option for a holiday with friends or family.

Make use of cashback sites

Whether you’re booking flights, airport parking, an entire package holiday or even just buying a new bikini, cashback sites like Quidco pay a percentage of your transaction back into your account.

For example, you can get 5% cashback when booking your accommodation with TUI, just by using a Quidco referral!

Pack your own essentials

Whether its teabags, shampoo or baby food, try to take as many essentials with you as possible (without going over on your luggage!). If you’re staying in a hotel complex, on-site shops will usually charge a premium on items which guests are guaranteed to purchase, so pack wisely.

Don’t compromise on home security

The last thing you need after a stress-free holiday is to return home and find that your home has been targeted by vandals or thieves. Not only will this cause an inevitable amount of anxiety, but it could also end up costing you a lot of money!

Make sure that you have done everything possible to protect your home while you’re away and, if you’re planning on travelling for longer than a month, make sure that your property will be covered by your home insurance – you might need to take out a short-term unoccupied house insurance policy if you’ll be away for a long time.

These have been some of Bobatoo’s top tips on how to travel on a budget, which we hope might save you a small fortune in the future!

But remember, no matter how many cheap cocktails and dodgy sunglasses you buy, your most expensive mistake while travelling would be to go without travel insurance.

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