Have you thought about your next holiday yet? Sorry. Silly question. Of course you have.
The real question is: Have you thought about how you’re going to pay for your next holiday?
It can be an almighty task trying to cobble together the funds required to go on a well-deserved break. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of all the best tips and tricks to consider whenever you book a vacation. Take these into account during your holiday hunt, and you can save yourself a pretty penny for your next trip abroad.
Airfares are one of the biggest holiday expenses, so knowing the tricks of the trade when it comes to flight prices is essential to securing a cheaper deal.
First of all, it’s always worth signing up for price alerts to a particular destination, so you can stay in touch with fluctuating prices – and take advantage when costs suddenly dip. Bear in mind that you can often grab yourself a cheaper flight, by hopping aboard planes that stop over at another airport, or that require a change en route to your final destination.
Purchasing tickets separately when you’re travelling in a group can also save everyone a substantial amount of cash, while using flight comparison sites like SkyScanner and CheapOair allow you to get the very best deals available, without being forced to do any of the tedious search work.
There are numerous online platforms dedicated to helping you find the best holiday accommodation prices. The likes of Expedia and Kayak ought to be your first port of call when seeking a place to stay. Try to be as flexible as possible when selecting dates too, as these tools will often be able to find you a better price that way.
Downloading accommodation service apps can also save you money. The likes of LateRooms offer discounts for customer who book via smartphone, and lastminute.com frequently offer slashed prices for five-star establishments when you type “secret hotels” into their system.
It’s worth keeping in mind that whenever an event comes to town, hotel prices go up. Try to book at a time when there isn’t a festival, gig or sporting occasion in the surrounding area. If you are travelling for a specific event, booking your room way in advance is the best way to save yourself some money.
Last but not least – never be afraid to negotiate. Hotels want to fill rooms, and if you give them a call and present an alternative (but reasonable) offer, they may be willing to take it, especially during quieter seasons.
Not every blissful holiday destination has to cost you an arm and a leg. The world is a big place, and while the likes of Ibiza, St Tropez, Rome, Berlin and Miami are the immediate go-to locations when it comes to booking a holiday, there are dozens of other equally exciting spots that are considerably cheaper to visit.
In 2017, some of the hidden gems worth considering in 2017 that could prove to be extremely affordable getaways include:
- Dominican Republic
Before you head out on your travels this summer, be sure to copy and paste the URL of your holiday shopping products into the Flubit system before you buy. It could save you a terrific amount of money, which you can use as on your brilliant break abroad.