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Consumer Expert Sue Hayward’s Holiday Moneysaving Tips

Finance Journalist, broadcaster and author Sue Hayward is a well-known Personal Finance and Consumer Expert.  Sue is passionate about sharing her tips and tricks on ways to save, how to hang on to your hard-earned cash and avoid being ripped off.  Here she shares her holiday money saving tips not just for summer holidays but for every trip you take.

Cabin bags only

Ditch ‘hold’ luggage and travel light to save over £30 with budget airlines and guarantee a speedy exit on arrival. Done this for years and it’s pretty easy to do with some clever packing tricks!

Know your limit

Airlines set their own limits on cabin bags so check the rules or it can mean a hefty £50 fee at the gate. Forget buying expensive ‘travel size’ toiletries. I get packs of ‘flight friendly’ bottles for £1 at Primark and decant my own.

Clever cards

Pack the wrong one and you’ll come home with a nasty souvenir in the form of a big bill. Ask your bank or card company how much you’ll pay using your card abroad before you go. Two of my favourites for fee free cash and spending are the Santander Zero and Halifax Clarity credit cards.

Holiday swaps

 Yes there’s ways to see the sights for less. Loved every second of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge but that view will cost you over £150 a time. So for a cheaper view over the city, (and less steps!), go up the bridge ‘Pylon Lookout’ which costs around £10. And when in New York, head for the Top of the Rock at the top of the Rockefeller Centre. Cheaper than the Empire State Building and means you’ll get the iconic Empire State Building in your snaps too.

Pack protection

I’d never dream of going on holiday without travel insurance and always amazed how many people mistake the ‘EHIC’ card for doing the same job. You can pick up a week’s travel cover for a trip to Europe for under a tenner; that’s around the price of a couple of drinks.  Well worth it when you think you the bill for an air ambulance home from Spain is £25,000.

Happy holidays!

An experienced journalist who contributes to the media on a regular basis,  Sue writes a weekly magazine column ‘Money Talk’ as well as writing for other magazines, newspapers and websites. She also airs her views on her blog and in her frequent appearances on TV and Radio. From talking energy savings on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show to discussing car insurance, holiday deals and debating pension issues on BBC Radio 4, she is regular money pundit on a variety of radio stations and TV news programmes such as Sky, GMB and BBC Breakfast .

You can find out more moneysaving tips by following the consumer expert Sue Hayward Twitter @suehaywardmedia or visit and Sue can be booked through The Speakers Agency by calling +44 (0) 1332 810481 or emailing

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