Save money by booking holidays early

There’s no denying that I love travel, all types. Even if it’s just an overnight trip, I get super excited about the freedom and adventure. But with the freedom travel brings, I also like to be organised, until it comes to paperwork in my office – that’s an entirely different matter.

Inflatable doughnut in swimming pool

I’m writing this having just booked a trip to Ibiza for August 2018, now I know what you’re thinking – what the hell and we’re not even out of August 2017 yet. But there is a reason for me being super organised.

Cafe Mambo Ibiza sunset

Every year for the last 10 years my BFF and I have always said ‘next year we’ll be in Ibiza for the Radio 1 weekend’ and every year we manage to miss it or go to book it when it’s too late and the accommodation options range from the downright cheap and nasty to the super spenny. If, like me, you missed Radio 1 in Ibiza this year you can catch up on everything on Iplayer here.

It’s no secret that I LOVE Ibiza, it’s one of my most favourite Spanish destinations so much so it was the destination of choice for my hen do last year.

cafe mambo sign

I firmly put my travel organisation hat on and made sure we are going in 2018! We will be swanking it up in Sol House Ibiza safe in the knowledge it’s only cost us £770 each including the flights, transfers and half board. Hurrah!

So often it’s thought that last minute booking can provide the best deal, which in some cases it can if you don’t want to travel on very specific dates or to a specific hotel. But, if like me you want to travel on particular dates, especially ones which fall in school holidays then it pays to book early.

You can save quite a lot, £££ if you’re willing to spend a bit of time researching online, prices for the same hotel can vary from website to website. I’ve found that booking trips like Ibiza work out cheaper when I booked with a travel agent like Jet2 Holidays over booking the flights and hotels separately using sites like Often travel agents are able to secure cheaper hotel rates due to the volume of holidaymakers they send away each year.

For my Ibiza trip next year I looked at a number of different sites all giving me a different price for the same package. I managed to save over £150 each just by shopping around.

I thought I’d put together some of my travel money saving tips, less money spent on the flights/accommodation etc. means more money for the really fun stuff like amazing restaurants and experiences.

Top five money saving tips for travel

  • Flights are released 11 months in advance of travel and this is when they are at their cheapest. When we travelled to Australia for Christmas last year we saved over £400 each by booking when the flights were first released
  • Use cashback sites like TopCashBack to earn cash back and discounts on bookings
  • Don’t change money at the airport – airport currency converters often give the worst rate around again shopping around can help find the best deal. I often use the Thomas Exchange which I’ve found to give the best rates
  • This is a no brainer but taking food on board short haul flights is often far cheaper (and often nicer) than buying in the air
  • Pre-book experiences online. If there are particular things you want to do on your trip pre-booking online can save you money and also guarantee entry to those which have restricted entry or sell out quickly like Alcatraz.

Have you got any money saving tips which you swear by when booking your trips? Any destinations already lined up for 2018? I’d love to know!



  1. 09/11/2017 / 9:15 pm

    Completely agree with all of these money-saving tips! And I’m an avid user of Topcashback too 😉 have you tried collecting Avios points? I’ve manged to get two free business class flights to Belfast by collecting my Avios points! Winner! x

    • delphineblublog
      09/11/2017 / 9:20 pm

      I’m collecting avios too but have never managed to actually use them. I’m hoping i’ll have enough for flights next year. I’ve done the thing where you can switch all your Tesco club add points into avios too xx

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