Going on holiday does not have to be prohibitively expensive. In fact, there are a lot of ways in which you can save plenty of money wherever you go – regardless of whether you plan on visiting an actual “budget destination” or a “less budget-friendly” one. Here are some great, simple ways to save money on your next holiday too:

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Be more flexible

….especially when it comes to flights. You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of money to be saved when it comes to flying in a more flexible way. For instance, booking ahead of time can get you a cheaper ticket (and so can booking last minute, depending on what kind of offers your chosen air travel company practices). Booking for the entire family can help you save money too. And choosing to fly over the week and not necessarily on the weekend can end up costing you less as well. With a bit of flexibility, you can save  a ton of money just by doing simple things such as those mentioned above.

Careful how you pick your accommodation

When traveling to a foreign country, we tend to choose the accommodation we’re most familiar with – and this means that we mostly end up in chain hotels. However, if you are traveling on a budget, staying at a world-famous chain hotel is a really bad decision for your finances. With a bit of research, you can find absolutely amazing local accommodation options that will charge you much, much less for your stay. From luxurious local hotels to family-owned hostels and B&Bs, there’s something for every kind of traveler.

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Travel by train

…especially when it comes to Europe. If you want to take a Euro-trip or if you want to visit multiple spots in one country, the best way to do it is by train. You can buy affordable Euro Passes that will save you almost a half of your transportation money. You have multiple options when it comes to these passes: some of them are valid in one country, others are valid in one region or on the entire surface of the EU. Also, some of them are valid for shorter amounts of time, while others are valid for up to one month as well.

Enjoy Free Activities

It doesn’t matter where in the world you will go: there will always be “freebies” to enjoy. Even the “most expensive” cities in the world have plenty of free things to do and see for every kind of traveler. In Paris, you can visit the Louvre for free on certain days or if you are under 26 of age. In New York, you can see the Statue of Liberty, as well as enjoy a number of museums for free as well. Plus, there will always be free concerts, fairs and cheap-to-free activities almost everywhere you go in the world. Sure, you will have to take the time to do some research, but it will pay off (and quite literally, if you think of the amazing things you can do with little money).