Planning the perfect romantic getaway
If you’re planning to surprise your partner with a romantic holiday, make sure it doesn’t break the bank with our helpful tips
Wherever you fancy going, it’s a good idea to check your budget first so you can plan properly.
If you have an online bank account it’s really easy – just log in and check how much you’ve got available so you can start planning the perfect trip.
Get the best deal on your currency
Before you head off, you’ll need to pack some local currency as spending money.
It’s always useful to have cash as many banks will charge you for using your debit card. And even if you have a card designed to be used abroad, you’ll still need cash for things like tips and taxis.
A great way to save on your money is to make sure you don’t pay commission. Many current accounts come with commission-free foreign money, making it cheaper for you to take money abroad.
Location, location, location
You don’t have to go to Paris to be romantic. If you’re planning to go away, try to organise a romantic break somewhere a little different.
You can often pay much more to go to a popular destination like Paris than you would for other European cities. Why not take in the sights of Berlin, tour the canals of Amsterdam or do some shopping in Milan?
While you’re off on your holiday, it’s always good to plan a few activities.
But you don’t need to be too extravagant – you’re already on holiday so why not relax and enjoy it without worrying about the cost?
You might just want to wander the streets and explore new places rather than pay top prices for a show or the latest tourist attraction.
And if the weather’s nice, you can sit outside at a café or bar and take in the atmosphere. It’s a great way to relax and experience somewhere new.
Whatever you do while you’re away, you can usually keep an eye on your money using your smartphone. Most banks offer mobile banking apps so you can check your balance on the go and you’ll know what you have to spend.
Make sure you check with your network provider first though as there may be charges for accessing mobile data while you’re abroad.
Shop around for a good deal
Before you book your trip away, do your research to find the cheapest way to do it. There are plenty of price comparison websites which will help you find the cheapest way to travel.
And by doing your research you’ll be able to find somewhere that’s within your budget.
You could also try to get a better deal by looking at some of the discounts available through third parties online.
Many travel companies will offer the latest deals through special deals websites sites so you could save money on the cost of your trip.
When to book
If you’re planning your romantic break at the last minute, you could save money by taking advantage of last-minute deals on offer at many travel companies.
As the departure day gets closer, many travel agents are keen to sell the holidays and make sure they don’t make a loss.
So by waiting until the last minute you could save hundreds on your romantic getaway. And if you’re flexible with when and where you want to go, you can get an even better deal.