Now the UK is moving into Spring with full force and the sun has finally put his hat on, it’s no surprise that people start thinking about planning a trip to an even warmer climate to explore/ relax for a number of days or weeks.
Nowadays the world is most definately our oyster, with airlines flying to more places than ever before and tickets easier to get hold of we should be seeing much more of the world. Having parents who love to travel they’ve taught me a thing or two about planning a trip, so with further adieu lets get onto some tips that make planning a holiday easier and more exciting!
If you’re looking at an all inclusive package holiday it’s best to look at all the different airlines and companies that offer packages. The popular ones in the UK are Thomas Cook and Thomson/ First Choice, and all of these offer many different locations, however there are companies such as Jet2 and Easy Jet that offer full holidays with all inclusive packages. If you find the same holiday cheaper with a different company try ringing up and seeing if your chosen company will price match, or better beat that price. This also works in agents stores. Don’t be afraid to walk in with a price from another provider and ask them if they could either match or beat it. Think of all those extra spends.
If however you’re looking for more of a city break or long distance exploration then why not consider booking everything separately? Sky scanner is a godsend for looking into all companies that fly to your chosen destination from any airport and you’ll find a cheap price through here, and sites like booking.com let you browse an array of hotels and book at the cheapest prices, may rooms often have a £1 deposit. Also don’t forget to check expedia, their combinations of flights and hotels can offer huge discounts if you pick the right dates. Then there’s always sites like airbnb that let you rent a room or apartment in the area for often a lot less then a hotel room. This way you’d be able to buy food from a supermarket and cook for yourself to save more money.
Get Organised & Budget
Holidays can be suited to all budgets, with some requiring more saving than others but there is more to think about than the holiday’s total cost. Spending can rack up when you’re abroad, especially if you are staying in a hotel that is room only. It’s best to read reviews as to how much spending money you should take if you are staying in a city but a good estimate to have is £50 per person per day. This should cover food, admission to museums or attractions and other bits and bobs. Another way to look at it would be to find out the prices of everything you want to do while you’re away and then budget accordingly around that. I would also advise to not rely heavily on your card. If you are purchasing in a foreign currency there will be anything from a 75p to £2.25 transaction fee per transaction. So when you come home you’ll find you’ve spent more money that you intended too.
If it’s possible try and pay for as much as you can before you leave for your holiday, are there any excursions that you want to do that let you book in advance? Or can you pay for your transfers or internal train fare here too? An awful lot of companies give customers this option and that’s less that you have to budget for when on the actual trip.
All holidays look amazing in the brochure and all hotels looks beautiful through the management pictures. But do you know what kind of food will be served at breakfast or what the drinks are like in the bars attached? Will the beds be rock solid and tiny? You don’t know, but websites like Tripadvisor can give you all the answers and more. They allow for reader photos to be submitted allowing everyone to see what things really look like. The hotel rating they offer is also really good if you’re stuck on where to stay in an area you like, so you can see where they hotel you are looking at comes up when compared to all the others in the area. There’s also reviews for restaurants and attractions/ tours, so give these a read otherwise you might end up disappointed on your trip, and no one wants that do they?
Well I think this is it for my holiday planning tips, if you have any more I’d love to hear them, now I’m off to book my next trip!