• We’re all feeling the post-summer crunch. And we’re all in need of a holiday, too. But heading off to sunnier climes without splurging a load of cash, or compromising on quality, can be done. We promise. Here, we reveal nine ways to win at budget travel that’ll get you more bang for your buck…


    1. Pick a flight that includes baggage

    There’s nothing that kills the pre-holiday buzz more than having to cash out when your hand luggage tips the airport scales.  Well, apart from wearing 10 bikinis on the plane ‘cause you can’t squeeze them in your bag. If you’re keen to avoid the £30+ price tag that comes with having hold luggage, find an airline that includes it – it’s worth spending a little more at this stage to avoid the fees later.

    Saver tip: First Choice package holidays come with at least 15kg of luggage included.
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    2. Go All Inclusive

    You’ve bagged a great deal. You’ve landed in Spain. And then you realise that the nearest restaurant costs more than The Ritz. Not ideal. Avoid this – and the thought of having to budget beforehand – by plumping for an All Inclusive holiday. All your food, drinks and snacks are included, so you can leave your wallet at home and save any spending money for the things that really matter. Like souvenir fridge magnets. And key rings.

    Saver tip: Find out what’s included on an All Inclusive holiday here.
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    3. Stay by the beach

    If it’s a toss-up between walking half an hour to the beach, or paying for a taxi, we know which we’re most likely to do. It’s all about those extra minutes in the sun, right? But, if you opt for a hotel that’s right on the beach, you can be rich in Vitamin D and save on taxi fares. Win.

    Saver tip: Have a nose at our fave beachfront numbers here
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     4. Find a hotel that’ll keep the kids entertained

    €5 on face painting. €25 on waterpark entry. It all adds up, and up, and up… So, look for hotels that include activities that’ll keep the little ones happy for less. Holiday Villages offer Football Academies, Stage Academies and Swim Academies for a small fee, as well as loads of free kids’ clubs. Yep, we said free. They even have Aerial Adventure courses that’ll have them swinging from the trees (think Go Ape, but in the sun). Or, try one of our SplashWorld numbers. These hotels include unlimited entry into some of Europe’s best waterparks, so if you find a deal don’t let it slide away…

    Saver tip: Make packed lunches for the kids to tuck into at the airport.
    Saving potential: ££


    5. Be flexible with your dates

    If you can avoid the summer holidays, do. If not, try October half term instead. Holidays aren’t as in demand, so you’re likely to bag a great deal. Try a destination that’s still sizzling, like Lanzarote and Tenerife, or Turkey.

    Saver tip: Find great deals for October half term here.
    Saving potential: ££


    6. Get free Wi-Fi

    Did you even go on holiday unless you posted the whole thing on your Instagram stories? Bragging about #pooldays are a vital aspect of your trip. But paying for added data costs of roaming abroad can make you want to hide under the sun lounger. Our Holiday Villages provide free Wi-Fi, so you can surf worry-free.

    Saver tip: Most airports have free Wi-Fi, so connect when you arrive.
    Saving potential: £


    7. Check your holiday includes transport

    Trying to load Uber in Spain is an absolute headache. And trusting an unofficial taxi to take you there for €20 is just as worrying. Pick a holiday that includes transfers, and you’ll be met at the airport and whisked away to your hotel pronto. Opt for a First Choice holiday, and your flights, accommodation and transfers are all included. Kerchiiing.

    Saver tip: Look out for hotels that have free shuttle buses into town.
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    8. Take the kids for free

    Taking the little ones away can cost an arm and a leg. But, it’s hard to resist those puppy dog eyes. Use our free kids’ place finder to secure yours and you can take one of your little ones away for free, and revel in the fact that flights, hotels, transfers – yep the works – are all included.

    Saver tip: Remember to buy sun cream in the UK as it’s always more expensive abroad. 
    Saving potential: £££


    9. Make the most of low deposits

    There’s not much you can get for £50 these days. A new pair of shoes? A massage? Put it towards something more exciting and secure your holiday with a £50pp deposit. The rest of the cost won’t be due until eight weeks later, and you won’t miss out on bagging one of great deals in the meantime. Or, take advantage of our handy Direct Debit scheme and spread the cost of your holiday. Find out more here.

    Saver tip: Aim to put some cash aside each month for spending money – it’ll soon add up.
    Saving potential: ££


    With tips like these, what are you waiting for? Browse our best deals and get boasting about how savvy you’re going to be on your swanky holiday.

    And, make sure you keep up to date on our latest articles on our First Choice Inspire homepage.