Travel Quench is here to give you the best tips to be a thrifty traveller.
We tell you all about the best deals for travelling across the UK and Europe.
Food is one of the things travellers spend a lot of money on, even without noticing it. The best thing to do is to organize: give yourself one or two meals to try the local traditional dishes and, for all the others, look for good deals in the supermarkets. In the UK, for example, most of the supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Poundland have sandwiches and other quick meals for just £1. If you’re travelling in a group remember to shop in a group since as the larger amount you buy the cheaper it gets when divided by all.
The NUS card – or student card – already gives you some good discounts but, the NUS Extra Card is a very good saver for trips. For only £12, it offers you in-numerous discounts such as zero booking fees at HostelWorld; two extra days of travel with EuRail when buying a 15 day pass; 25% off on all National Express coaches within the UK; 11% off on the cost of the 16-25 RailCard; 10% off on Megabus – among many others.
If you are wondering how to get to another city in the UK Megabus is what you are looking for! As a low-cost company a single journey can cost only £1 when booked several weeks in advance and every Wednesday all journeys on English and Welsh routes cost no more than £5. Even if you don’t manage to get these bargains the journeys’ prices are still very affordable. For example, a two-ways journey from Cardiff to London usually costs £14. Luckily enough, this will also include free Wi-Fi during the entire trip. Moreover, Megabus also connects Cardiff with other European cities such as Amsterdam, Boulogne, Brussels and Paris. This is an excellent opportunity to visit Europe for a bargain! Just remember: the earlier you book your journeys, the cheaper they will be.
However, if you are more a train traveller then the 16-25 Railcard is for you! It costs £28 for a year or £65 for three years and it saves you 1/3 off rail fares across Britain. This includes all Standard and First Class Advance Tickets, long and short trips, any day of the year. However, if you travel at or before 10 am Monday to Friday then the £12 minimum fare will be applied. Furthermore with the 16-25 Railcard you can also get discounts on accommodation and on some UK tourist attractions.