It’s at this time of year when we all start to stash away our winter woolies and hope for some glorious sunny days. However it can be a little bit hard to predict the forecast in the UK; we are renowned for our rain showers and breezy conditions. That is why so many people book a summer holiday abroad – after all; the weather is much more likely to behave in a resort in Spain or Turkey!
Of course, booking a beach holiday can feel out of reach for some, especially with the turbulent economy over the recent years. However this needn’t always be a barrier; there are some ways that you can book a trip abroad for a lower cost than you might expect.
Read on for our tips on the cheapest ways to book a holiday…
Give yourself plenty of time
To make the experience as stress-free as possible, try and plan your holiday well in advance. This will give you the time to speak to different tour operators, as well as get the early bird deals that are released by hotels to guarantee occupancy. Not only this, but you will be able to book in your annual leave nice and early so you won’t be competing for the prime getaway time with your colleagues.
Or… book last minute
However, if you have decided that you want to go on holiday in the next couple of months, it might be worth waiting until at least eight weeks before you are available to travel. This is when the late deals come up. In some cases, you can get really good trips for rock bottom prices if you are able to pack up and go within the space of a week.
Yet on the most part, you will have to spend a fair amount of time searching for cheap holidays. There are a number of ways to go about this – the ones you will likely focus on include looking at online travel agent websites, checking what the tour operators have going, and popping into one or two of the high street shops. A few of the top online travel agents in the UK include A1 Travel, Barrhead Travel and Hays Travel, so these sites may be worth a look.
You should also plan whether you want to buy a package holiday or buy your flights, accommodation and transfers separately. Aside from the cost, you should also think about the security of your trip – many people like to choose something that is ABTA and ATOL bonded in the event that something goes wrong. Many resources suggest that packages are usually cheapest for 7, 10 or 14 nights abroad, especially for beach destinations.
Finally, it is also worth thinking about how much you will need to spend whilst you are away. Look for local guides that will tell you about the price of food and drink in a resort; this may help you to choose between self-catered and all-inclusive accommodation. In line with that, you should also use comparison websites to get the best deal on your travel money as this will be one of the costs adjoined to your holiday budget.