Readers’ travel tips: How to save money when travelling overseas

Do a happy hour recce, follow builders at lunchtime, and other holiday nuggets

Travel tip: Always pay on your cards in the local currency. Photograph: Getty

Travel tip: Always pay on your cards in the local currency. Photograph: Getty

 

It’s always great to get an insider tip when travelling, something that uncovers that must-see but barely known attraction or the amazing cheap-as-chips restaurant or a way to get from A to B without spending a fortune. But such nuggets can be hard to come by which is why we’ve taken to social media in search of them. This week we asked for people’s best money-saving tip when travelling overseas . . .

If you get a local train from Gatwick Airport you can pay an extra 80p to use your ticket on all zone 1 tubes for the rest of the day. Handy.
– Brian Daly

Fly off on Thursday and back on Monday. No weekend flying.
– Audrey Carville

If you can see a tourist attraction from your cafe/restaurant/bar seat, you’re paying too much.
– Eamon Donovan

Better accommodation for shorter times is on balance more enjoyable than poorer accommodation for longer.
– Martin McKenna

Travel very, very light and do what the locals do. For lunch, follow builders to find best value places.
– Ethel Crowley

Good quality takeaway food during the day – just find park benches to sit and eat. So much cheaper and very pleasant too.
– Martha Higgins

Don’t check bags. Travel red-eyes where possible. Don’t go on tours. Stay in offbeat Airbnbs off peak.
– Stephen Kinsella

Buy breakfast if it’s a buffet and bundled at a discount when booking a room . . . then make sandwiches and fill your pockets without shame.
– Shawn Pogatchnik

Use Kayak’s plus/minus three days tool to pick the cheapest possible flights. Regularly saves me around €200 transatlantic.
– Enda Hargaden

Work out a local bar happy hour timetable before going out. Day one of the holiday should be spent on a recce of all of the local bars.
– Steven Cassidy

Get a pay-as-you-go toll tag for driving through France. Annual excess car hire insurance. Always pay on your cards in the local currency.
– JP Diggins

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