Who doesn’t look forward to their summer holidays with a lot of anticipation? After a long, tiring year at work it is wonderful to be able to head off somewhere exciting for a couple of weeks of fun and relaxation.
If you want a fantastic summer holiday but aren’t sure that you can afford it then here are some tips to make sure you don’t miss out.
Book in Advance or at the Last Minute
There are two main ways of getting a cheap deal on a holiday; book well in advance or at the last minute. Doing it at the last minute is probably going to give a better value break but it is a bit riskier too. You might find that your options are extremely limited or that you can’t get anything at all. If you want to play it safe then taking advantage of early booker discounts when the new catalogues come out is going to suit you.
Consider Alternative Destinations
There are some hugely popular destinations across the world which the travel companies never have trouble filling up. The big holiday resorts in Spain, the top Italian destinations and the Greek islands are favourites year in and year out. If you can’t find the price you want in these places then you could look at alternatives like Eastern Europe and Northern Africa. As well as getting a great price you could also end up somewhere really exciting where not many tourists go and which you know little about.
Don’t Just Look at Hotels
There is no denying that staying in a hotel is great fun. Having your bed made for you every day and being able to relax and watch the television without a care in the world is part of the holiday experience. However, if your budget is tight it might suit you better to choose a different type of accommodation. Self catering villas, camping sites and caravan parks are all decent options too. If you want the best possible price then don’t rule out any of the different accommodation types until you have looked into the options. Some of the alternatives can be better fun and more comfortable than you might think.
The last point is probably the most important of all. The more flexible you are with your approach the more chance you have of getting a great deal. The first stumbling block for many holiday makers in this respect is with the time they can get off work. If you can then you should ask your boss for a few different alternative dates you can take. You can then work out which ones are going to be cheapest. It is also important to be flexible about issues such as the departure time, the departure airport and the exact destination. The more flexible you are the more offers you can choose from, which is always great news when it comes to saving money.