Travelling needn’t be stress, but all too often, it is. Costs add up, stress levels rise and to top it all of you’ve got to navigate your way round airport terminals the size of small cities. These issues are amplified when you’re flying with older relatives, like your grandparents, and you want the beginning of their holiday to be as carefree as possible. Take the first step to breezy travelling and catch a flight from somewhere smaller and closer to home. As well as keeping you calm, it’s cheaper! Here’s why…
You won’t need to buy transfer flights
There’s nothing worse than spending hours upon hours travelling to an airport only to have to jump on another flight to get to your final destination. Fly from somewhere nearby and put the money aside which you would have spent on transfer tickets. Why not incentivise yourself further and spend it on a plush meal when you get to the hotel? After all, it’s a lot more fun splashing out on exquisite foreign cuisine than it is on a few extra hours aboard a plane.
You can stock up on food before you leave the house
Got an early morning flight and worrying about how you’ll fit breakfast in? If you’re transferring to one of the UK’s biggest airports, then unless you plan on going hungry, you’re left with one option – buying something in the terminals. This doesn’t exactly involve breaking the bank, but food here tends to be pricey, especially if you want to eat enough to beat the mid-flight hunger pangs! Be savvy and cook yourself up something substantial before you set off. This might involve waking up a little earlier than you would usually, but think of the savings you’ll make. Set the alarm for the early hours and get cooking – you can always catch up on sleep once you’ve boarded.
Demand is higher from bigger airports
As you’d expect, busier airports have a larger influx of passengers. This can result in prices being pushed up as more and more holidaymakers battle it out for tickets. It’s important to note that this isn’t always the case (London’s airports often have some of the cheapest fares in the UK) but it’s worth bearing in mind for whenever you’re on the hunt for a bargain adventure.
Parking may be cheaper
Parking fees in larger airports can be extortionate, particularly when you turn up in the heat of holiday season without booking in advance. Travel smart and read up on the airport’s parking fees and policies before you depart. That way you’ll be ahead of the curve and poised to make savings. Why not take it one step further and get there via public or private transport? Sometimes what initially seems like a slightly expensive taxi will still save you money in the long run.
Whenever you’re planning your next trip abroad, think practically. Not only will you be able to get there quicker, you’ll likely save money on other expenses, like parking and snacking. Regional airports are the starting point for an untold amount of treasured holiday memories. Pack a bag and get ready to create some of your own.