A peppery bill from your taxi driver, a night out in the city or all those terraces in the sun: those who make the holiday bill afterwards are usually disappointed.
However, discovering the world does not have to be expensive, but you do have to do the necessary research for it. To help you on your way, we already give you a number of useful tips.
Take into account the exchange rates!
If you travel outside the euro zone, it is useful to choose your destination based on the exchange rate. If the value of the local currency is weak or if it has become weaker against the euro, then you are doing a good thing.
Consider, for example, countries where the political or economic situation has recently stabilized, and where the economy still has a large potential for growth. To be completely sure of your piece, keep a close eye on the Foreign Affairs travel advice.
Newsletters, they can be very useful
If you are not looking for a specific destination and the airline you use makes little difference, subscribe to a few newsletters from low cost airlines or websites that specialize in cheap airline tickets. These newsletters sometimes end up in your mailbox every day, but the most attractive deals are always there.
Some of those websites also have premium versions of their newsletters where the very best deals come to the fore. Depending on the provider, this premium version will cost you between 10 and 50 euros per year. If you are a real globetrotter, then that investment may pay off.
Switch on price alarms
Do you really want to be convinced that you are doing the best deal when it comes to your airline tickets? Enter your destination and time on websites such as Skyscanner and set a price alarm. What does that mean exactly? Well, that you get an email as soon as the cheapest available deal lowers in price.
This may have to do with the number of places available on the aircraft, weather conditions, local conditions, exchange rate fluctuations, and so on. In short, if you want to do the best deal and have some time before you book, you should set a price alarm.
Book on a Tuesday!
Everyone has their own trick to get the cheapest plane ticket, but some people have found an almost mathematical rule for it. Research shows that both national and international flights are the cheapest on a Tuesday. If you want to go a little further, it would be best to book airline tickets exactly 171 days in advance. Even if it involves a few euros, you have saved them in any case!
Not make happy suitcases
The more you want to take with you on a trip, the more you pay. It is something we all know, but we still have a hard time traveling for two weeks with a carry-on suitcase. In most holiday homes or apartments you have a washing machine available and also a visit to a local laundromat hurts your wallet less than that extra suitcase. If you are unhappy with hand luggage only, check in an extra suitcase for yourself and your fellow traveler.
No children? Avoid the school holidays!
Those who have children may know the stress when they book a trip for the umpteenth time at the busiest – and therefore most expensive – moment of the year. July and August, the autumn, Christmas, crocus and Easter holidays: all times when tour operators want to get the most out of it. Sometimes it can be cheaper to fly from a neighboring country where there is no school holiday at that time but booking on time is the message.
Those who do not have children should also know that they must draw a red cross over the school holiday dates in their diary. Plan your sun holiday in Europe for example in June or September, so you avoid a heat wave and you save a lot of euros. In July and August, when hopefully there are tropical temperatures in Belgium, you can enjoy your own garden.