Key tips to make the last-minute getaway stress-free
The warm weather of June and July, not to mention memories of last summer's heatwave may have persuaded many to stay in the UK this year. However, now being faced with what is set to be the wettest Augusts on record, many Brits are making hurried plans to ditch their staycation in search of some last-minute sunshine to see out the summer. With this in mind, we've done a round up of things to be aware for holidaymakers making a sudden getaway this month.
Easy on the baggage
For those going away, it's important to pay close attention to aircraft baggage allowances when booking flights. In November 2018, carriers including Ryanair announced that non-priority customers would be restricted to a single piece of carry-on luggage measuring 40cm x 20cm x 25cm, which is no bigger than the average handbag. Since the change in regulation was introduced there have been various guides released on how to travel with only a small carry-on bag, highlighting how passengers can review their packing habits. For those keen to keep costs down it's advisable to be clear on potential luggage charges, and then work hard to avoid them by sticking to a strict packing strategy.
Consider the destination
Cost is often a key consideration when making any plans, especially when booking at short notice. Whilst holidaymakers will often do a lot of research into destinations and style of trip that suits their budget ahead of booking, impulse breaks mean less time for this. But, with ongoing currency fluctuation, driven primarily by ongoing concern and confusion around Brexit, places that are often relied upon to be cheap and cheerful are now considerably more expensive. Holidaymakers would be wise to consider looking further afield to destinations outside of the eurozone as these could offer something more affordable that fits the bill.
Be money wise
The depreciation of the Pound also means holidaymakers are likely to be more aware of spending when they are away - particularly if they had originally been planning on staying at home. Time may be of the essence, but consumers would still be wise to double check costs of everyday purchases in the destinations they are visiting, so they aren't met with an unwelcome financial surprise. We're likely to see an increasing number opt to pay by card rather than exchanging cash before they travel in order to avoid getting an unfavourable rate. For holidaymakers paying by card, selecting to pay in their home currency via Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) offers an effective way to track spending.
Locking in the exchange rate at the point of purchase, which also incorporates all fees, means that the cost seen on the card terminal at that specific moment is what appears on the bank statement. Cardholders don't have to worry about potential currency fluctuation over the next day or two, and ultimately have more clarity around the payments they are making whilst they are abroad. Going on a last-minute holiday is usually filled with stress and can end up costing more money than previously thought, but it doesn't have to be. Keeping these tips in mind can help ensure those in search of sunshine can enjoy a relaxing trip to round off the summer.