There are so many ways to cut costs and still have the holiday of a lifetime.
Travelling abroad doesn't have to cost the earth, in fact, there are so many ways to cut costs and still have the holiday of a lifetime. Although it does take a lot of research, time and patience beforehand to get the best bargain.
To help make finding that deal easier, we're sharing our favourite travel hacks that could just save you a fortune.
Travel websites and airlines companies can track your visits by installing cookies on your browser. To avoid this make sure you turn on a private browser or go incognito when browsing. You may notice the prices increase each time you revisit the site if you don't.
There is nothing worse than realising you have forgotten your travel adaptor when you arrive at your destination. Most chargers coming in two parts nowadays, a plug and a USB cable. Make sure to check the TV in your room, chances are you will be able to plug your USB into the back of it to charge your phone.
Always carry a reusable water bottle when travelling, especially through an airport. You can pour the water out before you hit security and refill it at one of the many water stations located across the airport.
Take a picture of your passport before your travels and email to yourself. Trust me, you will thank us if it gets stolen, damaged or lost. In fact, make sure you have an extra copy of all your travel documents including flights, accommodation and any buses or trains you may have booked. Carry all your documents in a ziplock bag within your bag. It will keep all the important stuff together and make them easier to find.
If travelling to the airport by car ALWAYS prebook your parking and before you do browse the world wide web for a promo code, a majority of the time there are discount codes posted in forums and groups saving you a euro or two. Most airports have free shuttle buses from their carparks that get you to the airport in less than ten minutes.
Don't fold your clothes when packing your suitcase. Roll each item into little tubes, it will save a ton of space and may even allow you just to pack a carry on suitcase.
Save money and your back when travelling with children. Let them use their hand luggage allowance when travelling and invest in luggage scales.
Research transport at your destination with a fine tooth comb. Public transport is inexpensive, can feel a little adventurous and cuts out traffic jams especially if you are visiting a city. Can you buy a family card? Does it cover both trains and buses?
When travelling with kids or alone make sure you have plenty of entertainment. Downloads some podcasts, movies or ebooks ahead of your travels and don't forget to the pack earphones! They cost a fortune in airports and on flights.
Mark your luggage as fragile to try to prevent any damage but not only that, it helps get your bag back first. You see, bags marked fragile are normally placed in the storage compartment last so not only will your bag be handled correctly, you won't be hanging around the luggage collection area all day giving you more time to explore.
Save on expensive airplane snacks and pack some non-perishables in your carry-on luggage to keep you going until you arrive at your destination.
Remember to inform your credit or debit card company before you travel, it prevents them from suspecting suspicious activity and possibly freezing your card. Long distance calls don't come cheap.
Download Googe translate for use offline especially if you are travelling to a country and don't speak the language. To get around the offline use simply choose 'offline translation' once the through the app settings on your phone. It comes in handy especially in restaurants if they don't have an English menu, there is nothing worse than ordering something you don't like. You can also screenshot google maps to save buying a paper map too.
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of 4 kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8 (and she is expecting baby #5 in May). A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie would never turn down a coffee and she loves to travel and share every day true to life moments on Instagram of her expanding family. Follow her daily adventures on Instagram. www.instagram.com/mylittlebabog