Top travel tips to help those heading overseas make the budget stretch further

The pandemic has left us short of travel practice - we're here to help.
The pandemic has left us short of travel practice - we're here to help. Photo credit: Getty Images

It's the school holidays and borders around the world have opened back up but, for many, the COVID-19 pandemic has left us a little short of practice when it comes to overseas travel.

With new research revealing nearly half of Kiwis (45 percent) postponed overseas trips since the start of 2020 but more than a quarter (27 percent) hankering to head overseas in the next year, it's time for a refresher.

The data, released jointly by Flight Centre and finance company hummgroup, revealed more than half of those planning a trip are heading to Australia or the Pacific Island, with Asia (15 percent) and North America (11 percent) also popular.

So here are five things to consider when you're planning your next overseas trip to ensure it's affordable and you've got more money to spend on those holiday treats you so richly deserve.

A kitchen is key

Yes, being on holiday does mean a break away from the drudgery of cooking and doing dishes.

However, what better time to channel your celebrity chef than on a stunning getaway to the Pacific Islands or in the exotic climes of Japan?

To make these masterful meals happen it is key to book accommodation with a kitchen and make the most of local produce. 

And eating in most nights on holiday means you can really seek out those high-quality restaurants wherever you're staying.

Shop local

From seafood markets to roadside stands, when you're on holiday there is always delicious local produce to treat yourself to on a daily basis.

As long as you have a kitchen (see above), cooking up a locally inspired storm for dinner is a must.

There's always a bargain to be had in the local market, and it's more fun and likely cheaper than the supermarket. Plus you'll get to practice your local language skills.  

Choose the right credit card

Having the right travel credit card in your pocket offers freedom and choice along with the ability to save you money and provide travel benefits.

Look out for those which don't charge international currency conversion fees, have generous rewards, reasonable interest rates and low annual fees.

The last thing you want is to come home and find out you've spent way more than you'd thought because of the fees.

Dig deep for deals

There are always deals to be had - you just have to ask.  It may mean you need to be spontaneous, but if the last few years have taught us anything, it's how to adapt and pivot.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? And they can always say no.

Is there anything quite as exciting as heading somewhere overseas that you haven't spent months planning?

Travel light

Carry-on luggage is not for everyone, nor does it work for certain destinations, like skiing. 

But packing light can save you valuable spending money when you go to purchase that plane ticket.

Let's face it, when do you actually wear every single thing you packed in that giant suitcase of yours? Not me!