A frugal mum best known for saving $30,000 within 12 months has shared the travel hacks she swears by to score a cheap family holiday – and how not to blow the budget when you’re away.
Olivia White, 30, from Melbourne, is well-versed in trips abroad – with her Instagram feed showing that in the past six months alone she and her family have gone away to London, Singapore and Tokyo.
Olivia said that while she makes travel a ‘big priority’ in her family’s budget, over the years she has found many ways to make it happen on a shoestring.
‘It doesn’t always have to be a big lavish beach holiday somewhere overseas,’ the mum-of-two wrote on her blog.
So how does Olivia make cutbacks while travelling the globe?
Olivia White (pictured with her family at the departure gate), 30, from Melbourne, has in the past six months alone gone away to London, Singapore and Tokyo with her family
Olivia’s tips for travel (pictured with her kids in London) include always booking your flights mid-week – as they will save you cash
1. She always books flights on a weekday
While it might suit you best to fly out on a Friday night or Saturday morning, Olivia said you should always opt for mid-week if you can.
‘Flights are always more expensive at the weekend,’ she wrote.
‘I know for families, juggling leave and school holidays can be hard work, but it can also save you thousands.’
Olivia recommends checking which day the public holidays fall on for the year ahead, and working out the ‘maximum’ amount of leave you can wrangle with the least amount of days taken.
‘This also helps with booking flights in mid-week times. Just do some research and be strategic,’ she said.
The 30-year-old also puts flight alerts on for the places she wants to go – just in case they go on sale (pictured in Tokyo)
2. Choose somewhere you can afford
While you might fancy somewhere like the Maldives, your budget might beg to differ.
Olivia said you always choose your destination based around what you want to do and what you can afford.
‘I sign up to newsletters and travel websites,’ she said.
That way, you will get frequently told about the best deals and offers.
The 30-year-old also puts flight alerts on for the places she wants to go – just in case they go on sale.
But, Olivia said it’s important to remember that the best holiday isn’t always the most expensive.
Sometimes, you’ll have just as much fun going on a camping trip up or down the coast.
The Whites earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and have booked several flights – with the odd business class upgrade – through their Classic Reward program (Olivia pictured)
3. Use your points to pay for flights and hotels
Olivia said that one of the best ways to save on travel is by not spending any of your own money.
The Whites earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and have booked several flights – with the odd business class upgrade – through their Classic Reward program.
Olivia said she was also able to use her Qantas American Express Ultimate Card while travelling around Sentosa Island recently.
‘This meant I was able to earn up to 1.25 Qantas points for every $1 spent on eligible card purchases including small souvenir stalls at Universal and even the small boutique cafes,’ she said.
Olivia highlighted that there are always offers available for new joiners – such as the current one where you can receive 55,000 bonus Qantas points when you apply online and spend $3,000 on your new card within three months.
When you’re on holiday, it can be tempting to eat out all the time and justify it by saying that you will pay for it when you’re home later – but by stocking up on breakfast foods and snack essentials, you can save cash (the Whites pictured in Tokyo)
4. Stop eating out for every meal
When you’re on holiday, it can be tempting to eat out all the time and justify it by saying that you will pay for it when you’re home later.
But Olivia said there is no need to do this, and by visiting the local supermarket the day you arrive somewhere, you can save lots of money by stocking up on breakfast items, milk, water and snacks.
‘I usually suss out what is close to our accommodation before we arrive as well, and pop Google pins to save them,’ Olivia said.
This means you’ll always know where the closest and best budget bites are on hand.
Olivia (pictured) said that by planning your itinerary early, you can get the best deals on tours, activities and amusements
5. Book ahead
It always pays to be organised – especially on holiday.
And Olivia said that by planning your itinerary early, you can get the best deals on tours, activities and amusements.
Make websites like Groupon your best friend, so you can see what deals they have and speak to travel agents for tips too.
Lastly, the mum-of-two (pictured with one of her kids) said you should always think about how you pack – and whether you’ve got too much or too little with you
6. Pack smart
Lastly, the mum-of-two said you should always think about how you pack.
Whether it’s because you pack too much and it costs you more to fly with or you pack too little and have to buy phone chargers and clothing items while you’re away, you can save valuable cash by packing just the right amount.
Olivia recommends checking the weather forecast just before you fly, so you’re not caught out.
To read more from Olivia White, you can visit her website here.