Avoid hotels, don’t use cash and other tips for Irish tourist holidays in Spain, Portugal and other EU locations
Many families will be planning their first vacation in years this summer as international travel reopens after a Covid shutdown.
But with the cost of living rising and the prices of fuel, energy and food rising, some will be looking for ways to save money while travelling.
It comes as new research has revealed the true cost of peak season family holidays in 2022.
Thomas Cook, the main travel group, told Express: “Generally Spain is more expensive than Greece, which is more expensive than Turkey.
“What people will tend to do is spend the same money and trade up or down based on star rating or star rating (an all-inclusive five-star package in Turkey can be priced similarly to four-star half-board in Spain, for example).”
According to their research, vacationers can expect to pay the following for an average trip in June.
- Benidorm, Spain – Around £525 (€634) per person for an all-inclusive four-star holiday
- Crete, Greece – An estimate of £439 (€530) per person for an all-inclusive four-star holiday
- Alanya, Turkey – Around £476 (€575) per person for a five-star all-inclusive holiday
Meanwhile, experts have released money-saving tips for people planning a vacation.
NetVoucherCodes has released its best hacks ranging from finding discounts to avoiding fees and finding the best exchange rates.
According to NetVoucherCodes, hotels tend to be more expensive than renting a vacation home or a self-contained villa.
If you’re traveling with a large family or group, choosing a dining option could save you a lot of money.
However, anyone choosing to stay in a hotel is warned to watch out for cheap deals on five-star hotels. A spokesperson said: “The likelihood is that it’s too good to be true. Hotel ratings are not standardized around the world and many are only an indicator of facilities rather than quality. Don’t fall for the wrong star rating and check out the real life reviews.”
Find discount codes
A number of tour operators offer discount codes and benefits for all-inclusive holiday packages and deals, as well as free places for children and last-minute deals.
However, NetVoucherCodes warns that if you have done a lot of research online, make sure when making a reservation that you use a different device, as some websites increase the cost when they see that users are interested in a special offer.
Pay with a credit card
Paying by credit card means you’re covered if something goes wrong, according to NetVoucherCodes.
For example, if the airline goes bankrupt, you will get your money back from the card company. However, be sure to pay off your card in full at the end of each month to avoid any interest charges.
The group also says you can also sign up for credit cards designed to make it easier to spend abroad with perks like no-fee foreign transactions or attractive exchange rates.
Have an up-to-date European health insurance card
Make sure you have an up-to-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when traveling in the EU. It gives you access to treatment in public hospitals and GP services at the same price as the locals. Check if your existing EHIC is still up to date before travelling. You can apply for the card via the HSE.
Be warned and safe
While most of Ireland’s remaining Covid restrictions have disappeared, many holiday destinations still have them in place and they change regularly. People are advised to check the latest news and advice before booking on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.