Six tips to cut your vacation costs, from the best exchange rates to the best travel credit cards

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With UK Covid travel restrictions now lifted, we can finally start planning a holiday with more confidence.

But while it’s easy to focus on finding a cheap flight or package, many additional costs can add up quickly.

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Six tips to reduce your vacation costsCredit: Shutterstock

Forward planning is key to saving money on all aspects of a trip.

ORDER YOUR TRAVEL MONEY ONLINE: Sort out your currency in advance, to avoid bad exchange rates at the airport.

Visit TravelMoneyMax at moneysavingexpert.com to compare the rates of different exchange offices.

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Save by applying for credit cards such as Barclaycard Rewards or Halifax Clarity that don’t charge ATM withdrawals.

Make sure you apply in good time before you travel.

COVER YOURSELF: Take out travel insurance when you book your holiday, so you have immediate cancellation cover.

Compare prices on moneysupermarket.com Where gocompare.com.

If you go abroad more than three times a year, an annual policy will probably be more cost effective.

PARK IT: Book airport parking before your trip to avoid high prices on the day.

Also check the offers. To visit Topcashback.co.uk/category/transfers-and-parking to see what deals are available before you book.

ROBBERY: Exceeding baggage allowances can cost you dearly.

Before heading to the airport, familiarize yourself with your airline’s rules regarding the size of your hand luggage or the weight of your suitcase. Invest in scales to check that you are following the restrictions.

Matalan sells digital luggage scales for £5.

CALL HOME : The rule changes mean you may now have to pay £2 for data roaming when using your mobile in Europe.

Costs vary depending on your carrier and phone plan.

Before you go, check if your phone company offers packages.

Use mobile data sparingly to reduce costs.

  • All prices on this page are correct at the time of going to press. Offers and offers are subject to availability.

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