Taking a holiday should be fun, exciting, relaxing and if really well planned, not result in weeks of worry about the cost, hassle and the stress of overspending. Holidays are, for most people, a reward for working hard and saving enough money to enjoy holiday treats. Holidays are not mean to be about sweating over the bank balance before you’ve even flown home.
We all know that you can often bag a bargain by booking a late deal but that means the discount on the holiday may very well be the only thing you save money on. The chances are, everything else associated with your trip away will be premium priced to take into account the fact you will not be best placed to bag an early bird discount.
Discounts and offers are available on just about everything from car hire, to clothes to airport parking but once you get closer to the holiday season or just closer to your trip dates in general, the price will inevitably rise. Your late booking holiday discount will no doubt disappear with over the top charges for late booking on just about everything else!
If planning your holiday could include cost savings before you even step foot on foreign soil, then the chances are you will have more to spend on those lovely long lunches, romantic dinners or an especially exciting excursion.
Your holiday wardrobe can be bought at a fraction of the price if you shop in the sales the season before you go, who really cares if your beach clothes are ‘so last year’. Airport parking booked in advance is a fraction of the cost if you leave it to the last minute, just another thing you won’t need to worry about. You could even add a night at an airport hotel and the cost of including your parking can be cheaper than the parking alone, thus you arrive at the airport already de stressed and relaxed.
If you want to book your holiday independently to make the most of individual discounts, ensure your travel insurance will cover you for all aspects of the package, accommodation, car hire and flights, the added cost for end supplier failure cover can be minimal but the cover invaluable. Booking accommodation direct with the owner, usually through the owner’s own website, is much cheaper than going through an aggregator. The owner will often recommend local taxi drivers who can pick you up from the airport and who are usually more than willing to act as a guide for your holiday, much cheaper than organised excursions where hotels or agencies often take a cut. Not only will you get a more convenient service, you won’t have to share your day out with lots of people you don’t know.
If you your holiday budget won’t stretch to a hotel stay but you crave the luxury and facilities they offer, why not book affordable accommodation close to a great luxury hotel and spend your time there. During the day you can enjoy delicious lunches in great surrounding which can be really cost effective and whilst you are there you will be able to use most of their fabulous facilities.