Get More Bang for Your Buck on a Couples Holiday
Jetting off on a well-deserved holiday with your partner is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together. Whether you’re a newly married couple or celebrating an important anniversary, escaping the daily routine should make your relationship stronger.
But for those on a backpacker’s budget, finding an affordable romantic retreat can prove difficult. How can you whisk your loved one off their feet and still keep a hold on your limited funds?
Fortunately there are a few tips and tricks out there to make sure you get a decent break together without forsaking the decent price.
Find the perfect hotel
This will depend on personal preference as well as budget, but you can find hotel deals for a fraction of the original price if you change your tactics a little. Shop around for the best deal using comparison websites and look at online review websites for first-hand experiences from other couples. Try ‘blind booking’ websites which slash prices on unfilled hotel rooms. You won’t know where you’re going but the added element of surprise might just up those romance levels even more…
Consider a package deal
Organising every aspect of a holiday, from flights and transfers to accommodation and food, can be a difficult undertaking. But with a package holiday, you don’t have to worry about a thing. What’s more, last-minute all-inclusive can be a bargain, as holiday companies are keen to sell off as many plane seats and hotel beds as they can.
Be flexible with dates
You will almost certainly get a better deal if you avoid going on holiday during peak times, such as the summer holidays, Christmas and New Year. What’s more, taking time off work at quieter periods will mean fewer tourists at your destination and more chances to fully appreciate the surroundings.
Fall and early spring are generally good options for most destinations, but watch out for tropical seasons in places like the Caribbean, where the busy winter period runs from December to April.
Make sure you have a budget
Even if you treat your partner and pay for everything while on holiday, having a clear budget in mind is a good idea. One good tip is to change your money before you leave (avoid airport rates) and set yourselves a spending limit this way.
Save money on your daily spend by shopping like a local for your own food, whether it’s picnics for your day excursions or going completely self-catered and cooking meals together. This way, you’ll still have some left over to go for a luxury meal at the end of the week and really enjoy the treat.
Tally Holden is a travel journalist who’s been on the road with her partner for two years now. Together, they have taken on India and Vietnam and are moving southwards towards the Pacific Isles.