Heading off on your hols?

We've got some great tips to help you save some money in the sunshine.

Backpacking in Thailand, all-inclusive in Mexico or a city break in Rome... wherever your travels take you this summer, we've got some great tips on how you can make the most of your break without breaking the bank.


If you aren't lucky enough to own your own Tahitian island, you might need to holiday on a budget. Problem is, when you're away on holiday, the weather's great and you're relaxed and happy, a budget is very easy to blow. Knowing how to convert currencies back into Sterling is essential to keep track of your spending. For a helping hand, download currencyapp which keeps you up to date with exchange rates in over 100 currencies.

A travel money card is a really good idea if you are working to a strict budget. They are prepaid cards designed especially for use overseas. You top up the card with cash before you travel and use it in the same way as you would a credit card over here. There are no charges for foreign transactions or for withdrawing cash abroad and you can reload it online, via your phone or by SMS, anywhere in the world. The Caxton FX global card is completely free for all transactions except withdrawing cash in the UK, and can be used in any establishment where Mastercard or Visa is accepted.


Getting a good deal on your currency is important - and like most things, it's worthwhile shopping around for it. Usually the best deals are on an 'order online and collect at branch' basis, with slightly less favourable rates if you want the currency delivered to you. travelmoneymax.com is a website created by MoneySavingExpert's Martin Lewis to help you find the best rates by comparing all online currency bureaux. Whatever you do, don't leave it till the airport.


Many people book their holiday excursions through their hotel because they're considered to be trusted sources. However, if you're willing to shop around, you could save yourself a tidy sum. Often with local tour operators you can haggle the price down and find yourself part of a smaller tour - far more enjoyable than being crammed on to a hotel tour bus with 30 others.

If you can, buddy up with other people wanting to head to the same attractions as the bigger the group, the more muscle you have to flex when driving the costs down.


Many people think that holiday essentials such as sun cream are cheaper to buy abroad but for the majority of destinations, this is not the case. There are often many offers on both branded and own branded sun creams in supermarkets and health and beauty superstores. You should be able to get great offers such as 'buy one get one free' or 'half price', so make sure you buy it before you go!


If you need to get in touch with the folks back home, phoning from your mobile can be ridiculously expensive - some networks charge up to £5 for a 10-minute call in the EU, or £25 outside the EU. If the person you're calling is on Skype, you can call them for free. Alternatively you can credit your Skype account before you go and enjoy super low call charges - from 0.7p per minute.

Another app is Pinger, which is a free global text messaging service that is also available for the iPhone and Android. International sim cards from companies such as Go Sim or SIM4travel charge you nothing to receive calls and less to make them than your UK network.