How pinching pennies can buy beautiful memories

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Travel hacks for budget-busting adventures

Travelling can be a life-changing adventure. Taking in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of a new city can be exhilarating but it can also cost a small fortune. Here are our top tips to help you cut costs without sacrificing comfort and enjoyment.

Book direct with your hotel

One of the most important things you can do to save money while travelling is to book directly with hotels instead of using online travel agencies (OTAs). OTAs are great when it comes to giving you a sense of what options you have when you’re going somewhere new, but hotels often have promotions and discounts that are only available when you book directly through their website. Booking directly with a hotel can also give you more flexibility with your reservation, allowing you to make changes or book additional options more easily. Many hotels offer discounts when staying with another property in the same group or sister hotel adding to the benefits of earning loyalty points and group discounts.

All about the discount 

Hotels often help travellers save money by rewarding direct bookings. Many hotels offer discounts for longer stays or for booking in advance, as well as seasonal specials and packages that can help you save money on your trip. Becoming a member of a hotel`s loyalty club or giving marketing consent most often bag you an additional discount. 

Aneli Gerber, Customer Success Manager at the award-winning booking solutions platform Profitroom says, “Being an avid traveller myself I always hunt for the best bargains long in advance. Profitroom realised this and provided hoteliers with a fantastic platform to offer their budget-conscious guests many ways to capitalise on booking directly with the hotel making the most of your travel budget ”

Take advantage of free shuttles

It’s well known that metered taxis often take tourists for a ride. Transportation costs can quickly add up so consider using public transportation instead of taxis or rental cars. Aside from being cheaper, public transport is a far more authentic way to engage with a new place. It’s also fun. Most hotels offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport or to some of the major local attractions putting some ching back into your pocket. These services are only bookable directly with the hotel and is another advantage of taking every possible opportunity to stretch your budget. 

Plan in advance

Many mothers have been heard saying “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. If you are trying to save money, then planning is essential. Book your trip and flights well in advance. Always keep alternative dates in mind when planning your trip, especially during the peak season. Bank your loyalty points throughout the year to gain access to airport lounges, reduced airfares or upgrades and experience vouchers. 

Despite what Instagram may try to tell you, making beautiful travel memories doesn’t require a yacht or a budget equal to the GDP of a small island. All you need is to keep your eyes open, do some planning and remember that hotel websites are the best source for direct deals, discounts and value adds.

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Jane Young, Marketing Manager