Money, money, money! When it comes to holidays, if you’re not paying something, you’re saving for something, or you’re changing over into another currency. It’s all money!
It can be confusing, but the bottom line is this – save what you can and you’ll have more to change over before your break.
Driving yourself to the airport is a good way to do this, because it saves the need to book expensive train and coach fares, and also cuts out the stress. I’ve been known to have been sat on a coach for six and a half hours to get to an airport before now, when I could have driven in less than half that! Because this particular incident, I decided to drive and park up, using ParkBCP to get the best deals. I won’t go back to public transport now, and I’d recommend this particular service to anyone able to drive. To further press my point, I recently booked Glasgow airport parking for my upcoming flight from Glasgow Airport, and the price I was quoted more than beat the train fare!
The money you do save can be converted into the currency of the place you’re visiting. If you’re heading into Europe, for the most part this will be Euros, however be aware that the popular resorts of Turkey aren’t in the Euro. They do accept them, however not so widely, and it’s better to transfer your money to Turkish Lira for a much easier time. The rate for Lira at the moment is fantastic when you’re changing from pounds, so if you’re heading there this summer, I’d recommend changing it sooner rather than later!
A good way to get the best rate, wherever you’re going, is to keep an eye on currency rates in the months leading up to your departure. When you see a rate that is higher than before, think about it, and then change a little over. Don’t think about it too long! This currency game is known to fluctuate in both directions! I tend to change a little over here, and then take the rest in sterling and change it over in resort, as I always find a better deal whilst away. In major tourist towns, you’ll find that most restaurants will change money for you, so just ask around regarding their rates, and go for the best. This is a good way to beat commission charges, which your transactions are often subject to in change offices.
Any extra currency you can get for your pound is worth it, even if it’s a little, because it could add up to the cost of a few drinks, or even an evening meal, and let’s face it, none of us have money to burn these days.