Well it’s the time of the year where we all pack our bags, check if our navigators are working and start hitting the road.

Besides not going to work, travelling might be the most exciting thing about our holiday and it can be expensive even though we budgeted for it – especially if you venture outside the country.

From airfares, the hotels, to food and even just staying connected… it tends to all add up undercover, really quickly. The sad thing is that at this time of year, it adds up to even more.

Everyone is looking for ways to profit this season.

With all that said, we can’t avoiding travelling, but we have to be clever and look out for all the saving opportunities available.

Before you start to think that this is too much of a pie-in-the-sky notion, try adding the following tweaks to your budget and see how you end up with a lil’ extra cash in your pocket.

1. Be wise about accommodation bookings

Some travellers know a few useful tricks on accomodation bookings and they are always willing to share it. Be on the look out, now more than ever.

Suggestion: Join Travel Facebook pages

1. TravelBud
2. STA Travel

For example, if you are travelling alone or in a group, call for a reservation, because it might be cheaper than booking on a website or via a travelling agent.

2. Get your connection sorted before you leave. 

If you’re travelling abroad?

Using a phone outside your country will give you all kinds of challenges. If you stick with your South African network, you’ll pay the kind of global roaming rates that make grown adults cry. So use WiFi.

3. Use your points or rewards card everywhere.

Don’t worry about being the annoying person who is always looking for cheap deals. It will save you a few rands, for example you can earn points on your Clicks club card or Pick n Pay smart shopper, that you can use for snacks when you are travelling back in January.

Be savvy with your savings, you will enjoy your holiday and have a few rands left.

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