The annual family holiday is something that you look forward to all year, but it’s also something that can cause an immense amount of stress. Not only are there dates and school timetables to co-ordinate, or new wardrobes to buy and pack, but there’s the huge cost to contend with. You might want to spend thousands on a dream holiday, but if you’re having to pull the purse strings a little tighter this year, it’s worth knowing a few money-saving tricks for when it’s time to book. Here are just a few of my top tips that will ensure you get the most for your money in 2017…
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Choose Wisely When It Comes to ‘Where’
The actual destination for your break away can have a huge impact on the cost. Of course, places like Canada and the US will be more expensive than European destinations, purely because of flights, but even locations closer to home can vary massively.
For example, instead of opting for tourist favourites such as the Canary Islands or the south of Spain this year, why not try out some equally beautiful places in eastern Europe? Dubrovnik, Krakow and Bucharest are all ideal alternatives, growing in popularity, but still cheap enough for you to book a first-class holiday for less.
Don’t Forget to Shop Around
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Just as you would shop around for the best discounts on holiday clothes, or exchange rates on your currency, don’t forget to conduct thorough research on both the area you’re visiting and the types of accommodation on offer when you’ve picked your destination. Compare multiple search engines for the best prices, and don’t forget to visit the main hotel website in case they have any separate seasonal offers available.
Plus, sites like Booking.com allow you to reserve a room at a fantastic rate, but you don’t have to pay anything until your stay. You’ll be able to budget some money each month leading up to your holiday, so that you don’t have to sacrifice a huge chunk out of your account closer to the time.
Book In Advance Where You Can
After you’ve chosen your destination and you’ve bagged a brilliant bargain on a villa or hotel room, turn your attention to the kinds of activities you’re going to be doing. On many occasions, you’ll find that you’re able to book tickets for tours, excursions, concerts and festivals well in advance.
For example, if you’re heading to the slopes for a skiing lesson, pre-booking the equipment you’ll need as well as the time slots for instructors will ensure you get better prices as demand will be lower. Or, if you’re taking a city break in Rome, go to www.romeoperatickets.com to check out the performance schedules and get your seats before the best shows sell out.
If you’re in the middle of booking your family holiday, you can find some more money-saving tips right here. Or, if you have any of your own, I’d love to hear them, so be sure to leave me a comment.