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How to Travel on a Budget | 5 Tips to Help You Travel on a Budget This Summer

If you're trying to travel on a budget this summer, don't worry - it's totally doable!

Whether you're going solo, with a friend, or bringing the whole family, there are some great ways to save money on your holiday this year without skimping on the fun.

Check out our expert tips for budget-friendly travel below! 🌴

1) Choose 'Slow' Travel 🚞

Keep your travel cheap by only going overland if possible. This way, you won’t need to book a pricey flight just to get to your destination and can instead travel by coach or train. These options are also kinder to the planet!

Bonus tip: If you must go overseas (who could blame you?) it’s usually cheaper to take a ferry instead of flying out.

2) Go Off-Peak 📆

Try to be flexible when looking for dates and choose less 'touristy' destinations when planning your next holiday destination. If you choose to travel during off-peak times, you can save more money and enjoy less crowded beaches and cities - a great way to maximise your savings while also avoiding crowds.

Bonus tip: Tuesdays are typically the cheapest days to fly out of the country, so schedule accordingly for the best savings!

3) Pack Light 🧳

When choosing flights, make sure you select hand luggage only. Airline providers will often jack up the prices just for you to store hold luggage, so we’d recommend avoiding this if you’re travelling for a week or less.

Bonus tip: Just make sure to follow the guidelines on the size/weight of hand luggage you can take with you to avoid having to pay a hefty fee once you’re at the airport!

4) Choose Self-Catering 🍽️

You don't need to cook three meals a day every single day, but for at least two meals a day e.g. breakfast and lunch, try to prepare your own food instead of picking half-board or all-inclusive options. By limiting how often you dine out, you’ll have more spending money left over for the trip e.g. experiences, souvenirs - and you’ll still get to enjoy the local cuisine on the nights you do choose to go out for dinner!

5) Set a Budget 💸

Most importantly, set yourself a budget. Your holiday budget should include spending money and sinking funds for the various other expenses we often forget about. Things like toiletries, travel insurance, fuel if you’re renting a car, and a buffer for anything else that may pop whilst there. And make sure it's realistic!

Bonus tip: use an app like ImageNPay to help keep track of your spending and set up your very own holiday budget to use abroad! Find out more here.


With the ImageNPay app, you can rest assured knowing your money is in safe hands when you travel. Our Mastercard-approved cards are accepted in over 150 countries, allowing you to stay within your holiday budget through top-up limits you set, secure payments, and other amazing features.

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