With summer just around the corner, the idea of a holiday probably sounds like bliss! However, be it a local destination or an across the globe adventure, the costs of a holiday can quickly spiral.
There are a number of ways to save on costs during the holidays. One way to get the most for your money is to look at package holiday deals. Depending on where you want to go and how long you want to travel for, there could be a number of deals out there for you. Package holidays tend to be trips to popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Turkey and other well-known locations and include flights, hotels, transport and other features. Be careful when looking at package holidays, be sure you know what is and is not included and more importantly be sure that your package is insured in case of any issues.
There are plenty of other ways to save; stay local, look for self-catering accommodation, don’t be afraid to bargain and above all, know when to book.
It seems simple and it is; be first in line when looking for holidays. Booking early means you have an abundance of choices and can snap up the cheaper fares before someone else does. It makes economic sense for you and the airlines – you save money and they are guaranteed to fill up seats. Subject to your chosen destination the timeline for booking your flights may be slightly different. For example, if you are booking for peak travel times such as July or holiday periods such as Easter or Christmas, it may be a good idea to book early to avoid disappointment. Holiday periods are incredibly busy and many flights are likely to sell out or become more expensive closer to the time of departure. Booking flights early also gives you more time to shop around for hotels and activity deals with the security of having pre-booked flights.
Booking late often means you can secure a last-minute deal but if you are not flexible in regards to dates or locations, it can be a bit of a gamble. Booking late is often a money saver for package holidays because companies have already pre-booked hotels and flights and make a loss on every empty seat so would rather accept lower profits than be hit with losses. To specify, booking late does not mean waiting until the days before you want to fly but rather up to 6 or 8 weeks before. Waiting longer could mean more compromises on where you are going but if what you are looking for is a beach in any location and you are not strictly tied to certain dates then go ahead and wait for a possibly great deal.
Whichever option you choose just be sure to take your time to shop around for deals and be sure you know what you are paying for.