With the average cost of a family holiday to Europe in 2013 ringing in at a whopping $3,000, traveling abroad with the kids this summer may seem out of the question. However, just because the average family spends so much doesn’t mean you have to. Fantastic holiday deals are out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. Here are some top tips:
Follow the News
You have more to gain from keeping up with the latest global news than simply being an informed citizen. Knowing the economic situation of various countries can greatly influence your holiday planning. Look for destinations where your dollar goes further, and stay alert to political or environmental situations that may deter more timid tourists.
Countries that rely heavily on tourism, yet face a down economy or the aftermath of a natural disaster, often make the best destinations. For example, travel expert Lonely Planet cites the Greek Islands as a best-value destination for 2013. The country’s recent political and economic strife has encouraged those within the tourism sector to drop their prices in the hope of attracting more foreign travellers.
Flights and accommodation are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to holiday spending. When planning a holiday, it’s often easy to overlook the cost of food, attractions and travel once you’ve touched down.
By opting for cheap all inclusive holidays, you can rest assured that your entire budget is accounted for upfront. Unexpected costs can be the downfall of an otherwise well-planned holiday. Avoid this by considering a package holiday that includes food, accommodation, flights and attractions.
Before you book that unbelievable deal, it pays to check that what the hotel or tour company is offering is worth spending anything on. Sites like TripAdvisor feature user-written reviews that will give you a better insight into whether the deal you’re making really is that great.
Remember, the price tag doesn’t necessarily reveal whether a holiday is good value. Always consider what you’re getting for your money, rather than solely focusing on how much you’ll spend.
Book Early OR Be Patient
While booking early, during the ‘January sales’, is often the best way to get a good deal on your destination of choice, less picky travellers may bag even better bargains by waiting until the last minute. With tour companies always keen to fill hotels and flights, last-minute prices are often slashed in half, if not more.
The key to booking last minute is to be as flexible as possible on travel dates and destination. If you don’t mind where you go, and if you’re willing to leave with just a few weeks’ notice, you can wind up with a holiday worth double what you spent on it.