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Give up and jet off: How to save for your dream holiday

Far flung and exotic holidays may seem like an impossible dream, but give up that cup of coffee on the way to work and a few other favourite treats and you could save enough for the holiday of a lifetime. Find out how easy it is and how you could save more than £1.4k a year for a flight to Fiji, a dream honeymoon in the Maldives, or even explore a new European city every weekend!

where you could go if you give up treats

Skipping coffee = Return flights to Bangkok

By skipping the morning take out coffee on the way to work you could pocket an extra £585* a year and that saving could take you as far as Bangkok. Whether you want to join the constant, happy stream of backpackers meandering the Khaosan Road, or are looking for the most ornate temples in Bangkok, there is so much on offer. Here’s our roundup of Bangkok’s best of the markets, temples and attractions.

Ditching posh avocado toast = Posh break to Fiji

Whilst smashed avocado is the breakfast of moment, skipping the posh nosh each weekday could save you nearly £1,500 a year³! Once you’ve got that £1,500 pocketed, you’ll have enough for return flights to Fiji (average return flight price is £1,255¹) where you could explore the fabulous jungle waterfalls and white sandy beaches surrounded by coconut palms. If you can’t bare to lose the smashed avo, check out these Greek islands closer to home.

Giving up the unused gym membership = Checking out Muscle Beach in Los Angeles

A recent report cited that Brits were wasting a whopping £558m³ a year in unused gym memberships. Depending on your gym membership you could save around £600 a year (sometimes even more). If you only attended the gym 10 times a year that’s a whopping £60 per visit. You could consider using a local park as their new gym, it’s free and has the added benefit of fresh air. By making this switch you could save enough money for return flights to Los Angeles (average return flight price £586.89) where you could work out on the famous Venice beach.

Stopping smoking = Exploring Kuala Lumpur

According to the NHS, the average smoker could save at least £548 a year if they quit the ciggies. Asides from the obvious health benefits and a possible reduction in the cost of your travel insurance, you could find yourself with enough money in your pockets for return flights to Kuala Lumpur (average return flight price £526.89¹). Check out our list of the must see and must do things when in Kuala Lumpur.

Quit eating out all together = Fly Down Under to Sydney

Even if travellers only spend £20 a week on eating out, that’s a whopping £1,0406 a year which could see them heading down under to enjoy the sunshine, beaches and fab fresh food in Sydney (average return flight prices £860.82¹). And it’s not just about the Opera House, Sydney has so much more to offer. Check out our local guide to Sydney.

As well as cutting back on non-essentials, here are some more smart travel tips to help you get the best flight deals this year:

  1. Monitor prices: The best way of getting a good fare is to keep track of the prices by setting up a price alert so that you are notified when prices rise or fall on a specific route.

  2. Consider travelling on a week day rather than the weekend: If possible, be flexible and fly on less popular days of the week. It pays to do your research by using our Month View search tool.

  3. Mix and Match:Fares don’t have to be booked as returns, instead you can save money by flying out with one airline and back with another.

  4. Nearby Airports: Just click on ‘add nearby airports’ when creating your search and see if a short drive, bus or train journey could save you pounds!

  5. Search Everywhere: For those with a limited budget but an unlimited imagination, we recommend using our Search Everywhere tool, which will find the cheapest destinations to travel to for a specific date period.

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*Published July 2017. Prices and financial amounts correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.

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