Language Holidays On-a-Shoestring: Top 7 Tips
With the Euro especially strong this summer it’s more important than ever to be clever about your budgeting and spending on your language holiday. Follow our top 7 tips and you can still take your language holiday abroad, have a fantastic time and improve your language skills, without breaking the bank.
1. Different Schools, Different Prices
Different schools are priced differently according to their location, size and facilities available to the students. Cactus only offers schools with high quality tuition and accommodation however, there is a range of prices so ask your advisor for the best deal.
2. Check the Special Offers
Cactus always has some great special offers available for a wide range of languages and locations. Often these special offers are unique to Cactus and cannot be found anywhere else – so make sure you check out our offers page.
3. Change Currency Before you Go
Ordering money online or going to the Post Office is a great way of avoiding those high commission charges at the airport or when you take money out of a cash machine. Plan ahead and you could save yourself a bundle.
4. Use Skyscanner.net
There are some great comparison sites such as Skyscanner that will give you the best priced air tickets. If you are flexible on your dates then you will have even more chance of getting yourself a bargain on your airfare.
5. Get Funding from Your Employer
This is not one many people consider but it’s definitely worth asking. Most companies have an allocated training budget and if improving your language skills will help you in your job then you have a great case for getting some, if not all, of your language course paid for by your company as part of your professional development training.
6. Stay with a Host Family
Staying with a host family means a higher degree of cultural integration and an improved opportunity to practise the language you are learning. In addition to these great benefits staying with a host family is generally cheaper than staying in a shared apartment or studio, and the host family will provide breakfast or breakfast and dinner for a cheaper rate than eating out or buying your own groceries.
7. Download Travel Apps like Time Out
Travel apps give you a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, from maps to historical information, free events to the coolest bars and restaurants, it’s great to be in the know when you are new to a city. Download these before you go – you could even try using the app in the language you are learning.
Cactus language offers immersion language courses across the world. To book any of our courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:
Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French