Our top tips on how to beat the Euro this summer. There is no need to downgrade you simply follow our tips and minimize what you pay for things.
Pre-book You can halve the cost of Parking at the airport by booking in advance and slash prices further by opting for an 'off-airport' car park..
How to get to the airport - If you need to travel at peak times, you may save a small fortune going by coach instead of train visit www.nationalexpress.com. Flying from London Gatiwck? Train deals: Gatwick Express offers a fouradultsfor-the-price-of-two deal.
Airport hotel deals - Stay-and-park rates at airport hotels can work out cheaper than the parking alone at an airport car park.
Insurance - If you travel abroad more than twice a year, you can easily save by buying an annual insurance policy. Families can also save when everyone is under one policy
Buy Before your Fly - Most airlines such as Ryanair now charge to check in bags and also charge to check in at the airport. A family of four with one checked-in bag each could pay as much as £128 extra on return flights If you can't travel light, pay online in advance as the charges usually double if you pay at the airport.
Picnic in the sky - Its simple buy in the air and pay more. Once you have traveled through Security buy food and drinks to take onboard and save (but buy your drinks after security to avoid restrictions on liquids).
Credit and debit cards - Hefty commission charges, adding from 2.75 to 5 per cent to the bill or cash withdrawal.
Use the local Currency - Cash points, shops, restaurants and hotels, are now offering customers the option of converting credit and debit card transactions into sterling. Don't be tempted: the exchange rate is likely to be lousy. It's best to pay in the local currency instead.
Don't buy currency at the airport - Airport bureau de change offer some of the worst deals. Pre-ordering your currency and picking it up at an airport bureau. Or simply book through our online currency buyer and have them delivered to your own home.
Should I take my mobile? - You pay to receive calls on your mobile phone while abroad, rates for doing so are usually about half of what they are to make calls . If you travel outside of Europe and are a heavy mobile user? See if your operator offers an international package with lower rates in return for an up front fee. Texting abroad is much more expensive than in the UK.
Airport to Hotel Transfers - Always take the shared shuttle transfer option between the airport and resort as this will be much cheaper than using a private taxi.
Excursions - A family of four to take a day-long excursion from Marbella to the Alhambra in Granada, we found that many operators quoted £209.50 for transport and entrance tickets to the palace. You could do it yourself for under £100 (£23 for a hire car for the day, about £35 for petrol and parking, £40 for tickets).
Car Hire - Save money by taking your own child seat rather than renting one, and return the car with a full tank of petrol to avoid rental companies' rip-off refueling charges.
Breakfasts - In some countries such as France and America, hotels usually charge separately for breakfast. It will work out much cheaper if you have breakfast in a nearby cafe or diner instead.
When Booking - Why not book All Inclusive holidays so that you have all your meals and drinks paid for before you arrive Outside the Euro Zone travel to Croatia or Turkey where the euro is not available. Even travel as far as the USA and save more!
Midweek Can be Cheaper - Try not to travel at weekends. If you go midweek or at less popular times such as early in the morning you will get a better deal.
School Holidays - Find out the time of school holidays in the country where you are going and try to go at a different time to avoid higher prices
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