Klook recently announced that solo travel was their top trend for holidays in 2019 and, with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, now may be the best time to give some time to ourselves. Overtaking St. Valentine is St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, as Brits swap out couples’ dinners for alone time in a foreign country. However, studies show that solo travelling can be more expensive, especially when it comes to accommodation and transfers. WeSwap, the world’s first peer to peer currency exchange service, reveals the top five ways to reduce the cost of your solo trip.
- Monitor the exchange rates. When you buy your travel, money can make all the difference in the current tumultuous market. Being clued up on important political dates and when a currency is performing particularly well can mean the difference in hundreds of pounds worth of extra currency. Alternatively, using an automatic exchange service like Smart Swap, where WeSwap swaps your currency for you as soon as it gets to the best rate.
- Don’t be fussy with dates and times, if you can help it. The beauty of travelling alone is that there is no need to work to anyone else’s schedule. If you are fine with travelling on a cheaper day or at unsociable hours, make sure you take advantage of the savings on offer here.
- Use comparison sites for everything. Many people use comparison sites for hotels and flights. However, you can find sites that compare the best deals for transfers, excursions and travel insurance, saving you money at every point.
- Prioritise what’s important to you. Without the need to appease a travelling companion, you are free to choose what you spend your money on. Whether you prefer staying in luxury or eating the best food, allocate your spending according to your preferences.
- Choose your currency provider wisely. Prepaid currency cards are simpler and usually better value for money. However, be careful that the one you choose doesn’t come with any unfair additional fees, such as ATM fees, transfer fees or transaction fees.