Kevin's tips on finding a cheap holiday and keeping costs down whilst you are abroad

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Saving Money on your European Break


Holidays have always been a great way to relax, do something different, and forget about the stresses of everyday life. And with Europe at your doorstep, there is so much variety to explore nearby, from more regular holiday spots like France and Spain to unusual locations like Estonia. Unfortunately, many people are reconsidering their usual summer holiday this year thanks to the credit crunch. However, if you're willing to get a bit inventive with your money, you can still have a great European holiday on the cheap. Listed below are a few ideas of how you can save.

If you want something a little more conventional, you can try sites like Lastminute.com and LonelyPlanet.com. The former should help you to book a cheap combo deal on flights and accommodation, whilst Lonely Planet has made its name searching out cheap but worthy places to eat, sleep and entertain yourself.

For something a little less conventional and a lot cheaper, you could always investigate the craze of house swapping. This is now available across Europe, as well as a lot of other countries, with a wide variety of accommodation for all tastes. You'll get free accommodation and advice on where to go and what to see, provided you're willing to trust others with your home in exchange. If you search out reputable sites like homexchangevacation.com you shouldn't have to worry too much about risks, but of course it's ultimately up to you.

If you're really on a budget, why not check out the new phenomenon of couch surfing? It's not really one for a family holiday, but if you're travelling alone or in a pair it can be a great way to meet new people and travel on the cheap. The accommodation will be completely free, as you take advantage of hospitality of others. Have a look at Couchsurfing.org to see what all the fuss is about.

When you've decided how you're going to save money on flights and accommodation, you can also now save money on your phone abroad with Vodafone who have abolished roaming charges this summer. Their Summer Passport promotion is available from the 1st June to the 31st August and well worth a look. With this deal, you can make calls home or to the country you're in for the same rates you would have at home. If you aren't already with Vodafone check out their website to view their extensive range of smartphones, including latest HTC handset.

So if you're worried about not getting a holiday this year, don't despair. If you're willing to try something new, there are many ways to save yourself some money. All it takes is a little investigation, and you're bound to find a great deal that will save you bucket loads!