Money Saving Tips for Cheaper School Trips
An educational trip abroad can be an extremely rewarding experience for your students but, understandably, sometimes the cost to individuals can be a concern. If you’re considering taking a group of students abroad and are keen to keep costs down, see our simple money saving tips below:
Despite the increase in low cost flights and popularity of budget airlines, the coach is still a cheaper option for travelling to Europe. You can usually save £50-£100 per person by choosing to travel by coach, especially as there are no additional airport transfers to consider. Coach travel is also the more convenient choice for school groups, as it is a door-to-door option and bypasses the hassle of an airport.
When travelling to Europe, particularly to countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, it is a great idea to stay in a youth hostel rather than a hotel. There are many new and refurbished hostels in Europe with fantastic facilities and in great locations. Great for larger groups and ideally suited for younger visitors, hostels offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for school groups.
It is much cheaper to pre-book dinners at your hostel or hotel rather than eating out. For lunch, rather than risk ending up in a cafe or restaurant with tourist prices, it’s a good idea to pre-book packed lunches for the group which are excellent value.
4. Activities and attractions
Choosing your activities carefully could save you £20, £50, £100 per person. Days packed with activities can really bump up the price of a trip if you only choose the most popular, world famous attractions. There are however, hundreds of free attractions of equal interest and educational value which are worth considering. Many European cities host local markets or have fascinating architecture, so you could easily spend an afternoon walking around the centre without spending a penny. Our Christmas market trips are also an excellent, inexpensive option, as you don’t have to spend extra money on activities to keep your students occupied.
As exciting as a long haul tour might be, if you are on a tight budget, we can find you a cheaper and equally rewarding European equivalent. There are plenty of exciting destinations across Europe and we are always happy to help you create a special and unique tour.
6. Day trips
A day trip to Europe rather than a long tour is another inexpensive option. This is a great option for schools in the south east region in particular. Choose between France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.
7. Time of year
Ferry crossings run on a low and high season basis, so you can easily cut the cost of your school trip by travelling in the low season. Any time between September and March will be much cheaper than other times of year.
8. Day of the week you travel
Naturally, the most popular day of the week to travel is Friday so, on Fridays there is a £1 supplement per person for ferry passengers. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the journey costs £1 less per person, so choosing a good day to travel can also guarantee you savings.
N.B When comparing quotes, always make sure that you are really comparing like for like. Read the ‘not included’ section, as you may be surprised to find that not all tour companies include the same services!