These are the 5 most important pieces of travel budget advice you will need! From booking flights to getting the best from last minute deal sites, savvy budget tips for family summer holidays will help you start saving money even before you travel!
When it comes to booking a flight, timing is everything and the common myth that booking early or really late may not actually be the best way to bag a cheap seat this summer. It's thought the most expensive time to book is between 8-10 weeks and 2-3 weeks, so try and buy your ticket around six weeks before you fly for the best price.
It's also a good idea to avoid shopping for airfare on the weekends. Airlines often cut their prices in the middle of the week, so look for good deals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Make sure you're getting the best deals by checking comparison websites such as Travel Supermarket and Skyscanner.
Fancy staying in a 5* hotel for a fraction of the price? Make sure you check out websites such as Travel Zoo, Secret Escapes and Last Minute.com which advertise deals from a range of 'secret hotels'. The fact you only know the description and star rating before you pay, means prices come crashing down for posh pads.
Booking in advance for car hire abroad can save you hundreds of pounds, and if you look for off-peak periods when demand's tiny, you can drive down costs to as little as £3 a day!
Watch out for company's that make you pay to receive a full tank of fuel and return the car empty, as you could end up paying for unused petrol if you don't drive that much.
Alternatively, look out for local bus timetables and book your airport transfers before you fly to save hassle.
Stay all-inclusive. Spending the few extra pennies before you leave could end up saving you so much more abroad. Gone are the days when catered hotels offered a standard buffet with English food, now resorts offer different cuisines across a string of restaurants within the complex to showcase the local cuisine.
If you're not the type to sit in a hotel restaurant then make sure you avoid tourist hotspots and research where the locals eat to help cut down on costs and get maximum authenticity.
Self-catered holidays can get expensive too, so scouting out the local supermarket and making pack lunches to eat during day trips will help save the pennies.
Seeking out local magazines and using Google Translate will help you seek out less touristy entertainment. You'll save cash and have a more authentic experience!