We are fast approaching the summer holidays and some of you may be holding out for a good late deal.
Where do you start? The weather has been a little unreliable so far in the UK and you probably find yourselves asking the question, do we really want to holiday here?
The world has become closer as low-cost airlines from our regional airports have made travelling fast, more affordable and easier. With flights travelling all over Europe at competitive prices you need to be on your toes to grab those great deals.
Think ahead, even on a later deal. Leaving a booking until a week before does not necessarily get you the best value as your flight seat increases as the date gets closer – especially in peak periods when seat availability is low and demand is high.
We would suggest if you’re thinking of travelling this summer you need to be giving yourself at least a 12-week to four-week booking period as this will give you choice. You will get a good deal but you will get what you want, rather than what is left.
If you leave it to the last minute you may find that the only good deals mean you depart from one airport and return to another, or your choice of hotels is limited.
If you have no choice but to book a week in advance then ensure you are ready to book as soon as you see that deal – otherwise, with a blink of an eye, that holiday can disappear.
School holidays can make a holiday unaffordable, especially if you leave it late – so maybe think of a self-drive to France on a Keycamp holiday, where you can stay at great camps across Europe offering your family a range of activities and entertainment.
Maybe think of a short break to a city where you can indulge in history and culture. During peak periods cities could be a more affordable option.
Some of my favourite places are the eastern European areas where you get value on your flights and hotel and value from the minute you arrive. The cost of living in these areas is lower than here in the UK so your money stretches that little further. Places like Krakow in Poland, Budapest in Hungary or Prague in Czech Republic are great areas where value is guaranteed.
The best way to get a really good deal is book now for the following year when you really do get value on select holidays, including two-for-one offers and free all inclusive upgrades.
So, if it’s choice and value, book early; if it is a late deal, don’t leave it too late and be disappointed!