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Travel-Obsessed Mum Reveals Incredible Secret To Saving £20,000 On Travel

  • Ruby Talia, 25, a mum of two from Southampton, has saved thousands of pounds since becoming a travel agent
  • Her bargains include a corner suite for £56.86 instead of over £500
  • Ruby also bagged a holiday to Portugal for £1624 instead of £3443
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Many of us would love to travel in luxury, but the cost can be prohibitively expensive.

But one savvy mum has figured out the trick to travelling in style for less.

Ruby Talia, 25, a mum of two from Southampton, has a simple secret to saving tens of thousands of pounds on travel: becoming a travel agent.

Ruby, who works in social media and shares her travel bargains on Instagram at ruby_taliaa, has bagged some incredible bargains since becoming a travel agent.

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She estimates that thanks to becoming a travel agent and using her savvy travel tips, she has saved over £20,000.

These include a corner suite at the Radisson Blu Mercer Street for £56.86 instead of the usual rate of over £500, a holiday to Portugal for £1624 instead of £3443, and a stay at the W in London for £124 instead of £415.

Ruby told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "As a young mum to two children, I really wanted to continue travelling and give my children the best adventures abroad and here in the UK.

"I have always been interested in travelling more for less and I’m known amongst my friendship group for bagging amazing perks when travelling.

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"I was once lucky enough to receive a free business class upgrade on a return trip to Uganda!

"I was applying for university at the time and my tutors said I would be able to talk myself into Oxbridge with my persuasive skills - my teacher had to stay in economy though, I wasn’t quite good enough at talking to get us all past the curtain!

"I have always been travel-savvy and enjoyed some amazing trips around the world.

"I didn’t see why this should change once having children, but we all know how expensive it is once they turn two and have to pay full price!

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"Becoming a ’teen mum’ lots of people would say things like ‘well you won’t be able to go on all of those holidays anymore’, which couldn’t be further from the truth. I have travelled more since having children than ever before thanks to my top tips.

"Last year in total I saved £9,121 and that was just for travel between June and December!

“Since I first really travelled savvy and got a free upgrade on my flight to Uganda I would say I’ve made well over £20,000 in savings.”

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Ruby’s top tips:

Become a travel agent

"If you have a passion for travel, become a travel agent!

"This is by far my top tip! Since becoming an independent travel agent, my travel experiences have been second to none.

“I once checked into a hotel, and there was a travel agent in front of me also checking in and they received a free upgrade plus complimentary spa treatments!

"As soon as we got to our room I Googled it and found it was pretty simple to become one myself, so I did just that!

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"I work alongside some amazing brands and hotels and I get to review their properties. Travel agents unlock the ability to earn commission and save money on ALL aspects of their travel.

"I love to experience what luxury hotels bring to the market and I am currently creating my own little travel bible full of recommendations and experiences of my own.

"You can do this too! If you enjoy learning about new destinations, planning trips for your friends and family and exploring new resorts then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

"Anyone can become a travel agent! There are no minimum requirements so long as you are over 18 and no hidden fees. After paying the £142 registration fee I was welcomed into such a knowledgeable, supportive group of agents that were all travelling more for less.

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"I had support through my mandatory training that was really straightforward to complete and then got straight to booking. I’ve made friends for life!

"Many people sign up to be agents in order to get better deals on travel for themselves, their family or their friends because being an agent gives you access to exclusive hotel rates, reserved cruise cabins and even more discounts and upgrades. No matter who you book travel for you can earn a commission.

"So if you are a business traveller, a travel lover who wants to find the best deals or somebody who already books travel for a living can benefit by earning from what they are already doing - travelling.

"Being an independent agent is amazing because of the flexibility it provides. You have no targets but the freedom to sell and book travel to anyone and everyone.

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"Plus you can work as much or as little as you want to. This means that people who are looking to work full time or who already have a career, but would like to earn extra income, can easily become agents and instantly make a profit."

Collect air miles

"Avios are redeemable with lots of major credit card companies. Your air miles can then be used to purchase or go towards flights.

"They can also be used to upgrade economy tickets to a higher cabin class. I pay for all of my food shops on my credit card, pay it off in full at the end of every month and get Avios in return!

"It's a great way to travel smarter, but only do so if you can guarantee you will pay the balance each month."

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If you don’t ask, you don’t get

"Confidence is key! Always, always ask if you can enhance your experience. Sometimes you just might get lucky!

"Remember to smile and be courteous, and treat all people how you would wish to be treated, at all times, not just when travelling!"

Be sure to let hotels know if you are celebrating a special occasion

"Hotels pride themselves on guests celebrating important life events and milestones whilst staying with them. Many will want to make sure your stay is as memorable as possible.

"I recently stayed at the W in London for my birthday and it's safe to say I was absolutely spoiled by the team there! I’d highly recommend their hotel for any adult celebrations."

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Sign up to loyalty schemes

"Some are better than others and the emails can be annoying but loyalty schemes are always one to keep an eye on.

"Lots of chains will reward customers with incentives after booking a number of nights.”

Promotions

"Always look out for promotions! Hotel chains and booking sites will offer their own sales throughout the year that are specific and unique to them.

"My favourite promotion is one that Hotels.com ran in 2021. I was able to book a corner suite at the Radisson Blu Mercer Street for £55.31 instead of the usual rate of over £500."

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Cheaper dates

"The obvious one is that if you can avoid travelling during peak times such as school holidays then do! But, this doesn’t work for everyone.

"So if you are limited to dates when you can travel, fear not there are still ways that you can travel more for less!

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"For example, when booking lodge breaks and staycations, it is often cheaper to stay Monday to Friday (four nights) than it is to do a weekend Friday to Sunday (three nights).

"Last month I took my children to stay in a hot tub lodge Monday to Friday and we saved £300! I paid £280 instead of £549.”

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Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “After the pandemic, many of us can’t wait to get away: but as with so many things, the cost of holidays has skyrocketed.

“Ruby’s tips are absolutely brilliant: who knew it was this easy to become a travel agent?

“Some of her savings are mind-blowing: it seems this tip really can help you travel in luxury for less!"

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