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Personal Style & Travel: How to Holiday on a Budget

Do you want to live a jet-set lifestyle but don't have to the money to do so? Here are my tips for having a holiday on a budget, by Rosa Fairfield

Photographs by Linda & David Smith

I'm 23 years-old a self-employed blogger and a professional actress just starting out on her career. It is safe to say that I really don't have that much money to my name. That being said, I like to travel a lot and it is completely possible on a small budget. Here are my tips for knocking down the price:

Forget the suitcase
Airlines seem to charge a ridiculous extra fee for taking a suitcase. I tend to just pack everything in my hand luggage bag and forget the suitcase if it's not included in the price. You are normally allowed 10kg so it's not too bad. You just have to learn the art of only taking the essentials.

Check out websites like Skyscanner &
I'm always looking at these sites to see if I can find a good deal. You really need to shop around, sometimes it's cheaper to book the hotel and flight together, sometimes separately. have flash sales where you can pick up good deals.

Wait for the sales
Adding on to that point, wait for the sales. These normally happen at the last minute, at Christmas time or occasionally some companies do have flash sales so keep checking back.

If you want to stay longer, rent an apartment
If you are going to stay for a month or more, common sense says it's gonna be cheaper to rent out a room in an apartment. Even better, try a work abroad scheme because sometimes you can get accommodation in return for the work you do.

Try hostels
Hostels are always a good cheap option. They are great it you don't mind slumming it and sharing a room with 6-12 other people. They are pretty basic but to be honest I never end up spending that much time in my room. When I travel I'm always waking around exploring.

2 is better than 1
It always is cheaper to book a holiday for 2 people and share a room that way you can split the cost.

Eat supermarket snacks and walk a lot 
I don't tend to eat out when I travel for a few days at all. It doesn't have to be unhealthy either because you can get cheap fruit from the supermarket and pop out to the bakery. It is a great way to save money. I also walk around a lot instead of using public transport, you also get to see places you wouldn't have seen otherwise.

Fly on a Tuesday in February
For some reason, I find that flights on a Tuesday seem to be priced the lowest. I also find that February is a cheap month to fly in. If you haven't got children, don't fly in the school holidays because it will be more expensive.

Don't care about where you go
Sometimes you just have to go where the good deals are because some destinations are a lot more expensive than others.


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  1. These are great tips! Seriously, that bathing suit is one of the cutest I've ever seen! LOVE.

  2. Amazing tips, actually! I always try to look out for good deals and chose hostels or apartments over hotels. Also, it's a good idea to find not direct flights sometimes :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. Thank-you - yep, I love non direct flights because you sometimes end up being able to explore other places with a layover.

  3. Fabulous photos, I love the swimsuit. Great tips too, thank you for sharing!

    Lauren x Huggled

  4. Great tips! And I like the new look of your blog! :)

    1. Aw, thank-you. I love redesigning things every now & again.

  5. These are so useful! I always check Skyscanner for cheap flights and I love walking around!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris |

  6. Couldn't agree more about the luggage situation. I'm currently planning my packing for my upcoming holiday. I think I'm pretty good at packing light.
    The other tips will definitely come in handy too!

    1. Thanks for reading. Yep, I'm all for packing light. I think I've gotten pretty good at it lately.

  7. Those are some great tips, gotta keep them on mind! :)
    Also, you look SO stunning, adore your bathing suit and the photos are amazing!

    Wish you have a happy weekend!
    XO, Melissa

    1. Thanks so much for reading and I'm glad you like the pictures.

  8. Such a great post hun! Great tips and beautiful pictures too :D

    Kate xx

  9. These tips are so great Rosa! Love this post! Skyscanner has been such a lifesaver while booking my latest trip to Edinburgh! I usually end up buying tickets and booking a hotel at their own websites. I find that it's usually cheaper to buy it straight from the airline/hotel than to buy tickets/book a hotel via Trivago or Skyscanner! :) xx

    1. Thanks for reading. I think skyscanner is a great research tool but then going to the actual website to book is better.

  10. You look like such a unicorn dream queen in these gorgeous photos and are the ultimate beachy babe! These tips are so brilliant, boyf and I are seeking a low budget tropical holiday at some point so this post has been so handy and helpful :) I heard that it's cheaper to book on a Tuesday too, and it's such a good idea to buy food at bakeries and supermarkets instead of spending money eating out. I definitely need to get better at packing light though ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    1. Thanks so much for reading. I hope you get your tropical holiday all sorted out :)

  11. I loved this post. Such helpful tips and the pictures are beautiful!

  12. gorgeous photos! Amazing advice too, I love the fly on a Tuesday in February comment; I will defo look into this! x x

    1. Thanks for reading - I'm glad it has been helpful :)


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