With all that doom and gloom about the economy and many ordinary folk feeling the pinch, it’s more important than ever to find a holiday that won’t cost the earth. And thanks to today’s competitive holiday industry, both the internet and the high street are full of tempting deals and special offers to help smooth your way to paradise.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)
If you’re travelling with a tour operator, it’s best to stick to the big brand names. Companies such as Thomas Cook have buying power which means they can often transfer the savings back to the customer. You’ll find plenty of discount Thomas Cook holidays all year round – whether it’s special savings on winter getaways, discounts on next summer’s breaks or other nifty deals such as free kids’ places and hotel upgrades.
One of the best ways to save money when booking any type of holiday – whether it’s a package break or a DIY trip – is to book well in advance. Scheduled flights will only go up in price once the cheap seats have been sold, and although you might get a corking deal by waiting until the last minute to book your hotel, it all depends on availability. If you’ve got your heart and soul set on a particular hotel, it’s best not to run the risk. Plus by booking ahead you’ll get longer to pay off the cost of your holiday, leaving you with a more manageable price to pay and more time to save some spending money.
So, once you’ve decided when to go, the obvious question is where? One of the great things about today’s holiday market is that you’re never short on choice. From Turkey holidays and Bulgarian breaks to Caribbean escapes, there’s a tantalising array of destinations just waiting to be discovered. It’s just a matter of finding your favourite.