We all love to travel, but whether you travel for business or fun, you can plan ahead to make sure your next trip away is affordable. With a little forward thinking, you can plan and budget to make your traveling goals more attainable.

There are a number of ways to cut down on your travel costs and stay within budget. I like to think every little bit helps, those pennies and pounds soon add up and those savings can be spent on your travel wish list instead.

Our top tips to stay within budget on holiday:

Book your trip as early as you can

You can save a lot on the cost of your tickets and reservations by booking well in advance. Early planners also grab the best hotel and transportation deals by booking way ahead of time.

It’s not uncommon to save 50% or more on the cost of your airline ticket if you can make your reservations 6 months in advance of your trip.

You can save even more on your airline costs by using nearby regional airports rather than flying directly into a large city.

If you’re required to travel on short notice, seek out the services of a travel club or online travel site that offers price comparisons, discounts for bundles, and special rates for members.

If you’re travelling internationally, use the train or bus to save big. Go directly to the provider’s website at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance to save up to 50% on train and bus tickets.

If you’re planning to make stops in several international cities, consider buying a rail pass for your entire route for additional savings.

If you plan to attend a concert or theater event, get your tickets online rather than waiting. Online vouchers and discounts can help you save up to 45% off the price you would pay at the box office.

Travel during the off-peak season

Hotels, hostels, and resorts offer steep discounts to travelers who visit during a specific location’s off-season.

Most hotels and resorts also offer lower rates for rooms booked for Sunday through Wednesday nights, rather than the weekend.

Prioritise which holiday activities you want to do

It’s easy to fall for local tourist traps when you’re on a holiday in an unfamiliar location. Entrance fees and other charges quickly add up. Look for free things to do on your trip.

If there are attractions that you’d really like to visit on your trip, look for free ways to enjoy the site. A great way to enjoy a site for free is to picnic and play on the grounds outside rather than paying entrance fees to take an inside tour.

Reducing the number of locations that you explore on your trip will help you preserve your energy levels as well as your wallet!

Buy your own food rather than eat out

Shop at a local grocery shop to provide some of your meals and snacks each day.

Many hotels offer their guests complimentary breakfasts during their stay. Be sure to take advantage of this deal if it’s offered!

When dining out, do so during lunch hours or happy hour times to receive special offers and discounts.

It’s unnecessary to go into debt or exhaust your life’s savings just to have a good time when you travel. These simple, money-saving tricks will help you stick to your budget, even when you’re on holiday!