Essential travel tips every holidaymaker should know

Jenai Laignel / 26 February 2015 ( 17 November 2015 )

Quite often, being a savvy traveller comes with years of experience; a lot of it is down to trial and error and learning from past mistakes. However, Saga has some essential travel tips to help.

Here are three of our top travel tips to become the ultimate savvy traveller and have friends turning to you for advice when planning their next holiday...

Essential travel tip #1: Pack light

First things first, you need to pack sensibly if you want to avoid excess baggage fees. Be ruthless and resist the temptation to pack for every eventuality.

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Essential travel tip #2: Travel out of season

Travelling out of peak season (i.e. school holidays) will ensure you receive the best deals. The trick is to find what is known as the 'shoulder season' – the sweet spot between the high-priced peak season and the poor weather of the low season. This is the perfect time to get away; not only will you maximise your travel budget, but you'll avoid the crowds.

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Essential travel tip #3: Shop around

Finally, any seasoned traveller will tell you that it really does pay to do your homework and shop around before committing to anything.

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