Getting a good deal on your holiday is quite easy really, if you know a few tricks to help you get the best deals around and that way your money will go that little bit further. Shopping around online is easy as there are lots of sites out there that will assist you with your booking. I’ve got a few tips here to help make the most of your holiday money and you’ll be able to snap up a good deal in no time.
- Be Flexible. If you can be flexible about the dates and times that you can travel, it’s much easier to get a good deal. Flights later in the day can be cheaper than earlier flights and whilst you might be keen to get away as quickly as possible, you can save some serious cash this way. Flexibility is key too for accommodation as generally it will be easier and cheaper to book if you avoid peak times, so high season, or even something as simple as avoiding weekends for a tourist destination or avoiding weekdays for a business destination.
- Consider less obvious options. It might be that you can save money on flights by traveling via another point. Your journey might be a bit longer, but you’ll have more to spend when you get there. Another idea is to see if there is somewhere nearby that you can stay with good transport links and you could travel in each day to visit the place you had in mind. This can work well with big cities, as there are often good commuter links and you can stay a little further out and get a bit of a bargain. It might even be that you get to explore two places: the one you intended to visit and the place you ended up staying in.
- Book in advance. Generally the earlier you book, the better the deal. Keep up to date with release dates for flights, etc. and make sure you pop the date you need to book in your diary. If you can’t book earlier, then sometimes booking at the last minute can be a great way to get a deal, but it does make things a bit more stressful unless you are the sort of person who is really chilled out about traveling.
- Do your research. There are loads of forums and rating sites out there and they are a useful tool to help you find the right place to stay, sights to visit or restaurants to eat in. Don’t take it all as the gospel truth and make sure the reviews that you are relying on are fairly recent. A lot can alter quite quickly if there has been a change of ownership or management of an establishment.
- Make sure that there aren’t any hidden charges or extras. Using a site that is transparent about its pricing is a key way to avoid any nasty surprises. A good way to do this is to book with a reputable website that you know and trust.