Getting a great deal on your holiday

Holidays can be expensive, but there are a few things you can do to keep your dream trip affordable.

Not sure what you can afford? Try one of the many online free Budget planner to work out what you can spend on your holiday.

Shop around. Comparison sites, high street travel agents and smaller firms are all worth checking before you buy a trip, change currency or purchase travel insurance. The more places you ask the more likely you’re to bag a bargain.

Book your tickets at the right time. Find the best time of year to get cheap holiday deals. If you’re flexible on dates, comparison sites can help you work out the cheapest time to travel.

Haggle with high street operators. You might get them to offer you something cheaper than an online deal.

Package holiday vs DIY. Package holidays include flights, accommodation and sometimes food and drink. They can be cheaper, but less flexible than holidays where you book everything separately.

Match your trip to your budget. It’s no fun spending the rest of the year worrying about money after going on a holiday you can’t afford. If money’s tight why not consider a cheaper trip, or a ‘staycation’?

If you’re really stuck in a financial crisis, maybe one of our short term loans can tide you over to get you back on track saving for your next holiday.