It seems like a pretty weird time of year to be talking about going on holiday, but so many of us do it throughout the colder months! Whether we want to escape to some sunshine, or even a wintery wonderland far more wondrous than our own, it really could be the perfect time. Of course, with so many Brits struggling even to afford the costs of holidays at the moment, but wanting to take them more than anything else, it’s also a good time to get booking for the months ahead. Like with most industries, just after Christmas and New Year will be a great time to book things, because there may well be some lovely January Sales…
Use Comparison Sites
Don’t just rely on the travel agent to sort you out – it’s 2014, after all! Some of the best deals can be found using sites like Kayak, or similar. You can create your own unique and bespoke package to suit all budgets and needs, and you’re free to do it at your own leisure.
Don’t just expect that the place you’ve booked is going to look exactly as it does on the brochure – remember, in a lot of cases they’ll present it a certain way in order to make sales! Don’t get swept up in parting with your money if it’s going to turn into a massive waste of your investment. Trip Advisor is brilliant, because you can access candid images and frank summaries which seek to prove what it’s REALLY like.
Don’t Just Fly
Flying can be a really expensive way to get somewhere, depending on where you’re going. Of course, there are some fantastic deals, but it’s not always a necessity. If you can car share with a group of you, driving around Europe is a cheap option, especially with the recent dip in petrol prices. You could also consider services like Megabus; for larger groups charter your own bus from International Coaches!
Consider Self Catering
Eating the local cuisine is brilliant when abroad, but it can soon add up if you’re eating all your meals in restaurants! Why not consider eating out for just one meal a day instead, and make lunch in your hotel or apartment? If that sounds like hell while away, why not look into all-inclusive options?