As we move away from the peak summer period the price of flights and vacation rentals is already starting to drop, so travellers can afford to spend more time in their chosen destination, or stay for the same period but for less. The price of day trips and other travel expenses also falls, so you can enjoy a hassle-free stay filled with activities without breaking the bank. But aside from travelling outside the peak summer months, what are our other top tips to save you money on your travels without sacrificing luxury..?
The website CheapFlights.com carried out some extensive research that looked at 1.3 billion airfares (that’s pretty thorough!) and found that in terms of price, 54 days in advance was the optimum time to book a flight. The variation was pretty small, with some flights at their cheapest when booked 50 or 60 days in advance, but for a lot of the flights, 54 days before was the best time to buy. Bear that in mind when booking your next break.
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If you’re comfortable online, then this simple tip could lead to big savings. The reality is that the point of sale of an airline ticket can have a marked impact on its price. For example, a domestic Italian flight could well cost less if it’s booked in Rome rather than in London.
A virtual private network (VPN) can be used to make it seem like you are browsing from another country and it’s actually very simple to set up. Alternatively, you may also be able to change your ‘point of sale’ by altering the settings on the airline’s website. Of course, you will have other currencies and languages to contend with when booking your flight, but currency converters and Google Translate can help with that.
If you have your heart set on a certain restaurant but the presence of a Michelin star or its excellent reputation makes it particularly expensive for dinner, try going for a set menu or visiting for a lower cost lunch. That gives you the chance to enjoy the excellent cuisine and even some cocktails and champagne but with a much more appetising price tag.
For significant savings and much more square footage for your money, consider staying in apartments that are privately owned but have been personally verified so you know they’re up to scratch. You can find luxury apartments right in the city centre that not only cost far less than equivalently priced hotel rooms, but also provide more space and have all the trappings of a home.
At Altovita, we offer luxurious apartments in the city centres of some of Europe’s top destinations. Search for your perfect apartment today.