It’s winter and cold, so there’s now better time to start planning your next summer vacation. Time to start scouring the online travel websites and travel brochures — If the rain is lashing down outside or you are stuck in sub-zero temperatures, nothing can beat a little holiday window shopping.
Planning a summer holiday is one of the most enjoyable of life’s chores for many reasons. First you get to look at some tantalising images of sun, sea or even snow if that’s your thing, and imagine yourself far away from the humdrum of daily life. Then there is the very thought of going on holiday – that’s enough to put a shine on a bad day and give you something to look forward to. And finally, you get to seal the deal and book a firm date on your calendar when you book your dream getaway.
But before you hand over your money to your travel agent or online travel company, there are many ways you can book that longed for trip and save a significant amount of money in the process. Follow these key tips to unlock savings for your next vacation.
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Finding The Right Deal At The Right Price
It can be very tempting to go for the first deal that hits your mailbox or that you see online, but by spending a few hours shopping around, you could find yourself a much better deal. If money is no object then by all means, book that luxury round-the-world cruise, but if you are watching your bank balance, research is key.
Look out for last minute deals if you dare or sign up for cancellation alerts. These alerts inform you when a holiday has been cancelled and is up for grabs. You will need to be quick but you could save hundred on your next holiday.
Share The Love And The Cost
You might also want to think about sharing your holiday with friends or family members to split the cost of your holiday. That villa that was previously out of your price range may suddenly come back into play.
Save Money With All-Inclusive Deals
Many resorts offer all-inclusive packages that could really help you to budget on holiday. All-inclusive holidays include your accommodation, all food and drink including alcohol and usually a number of beach or pool activities.
Ditch the airport bureau
If you are used to exchanging your holiday money at your bank or at the airport, you might want to consider using an online foreign exchange broker instead. They offer great exchange rates and can give you a much better deal than your bank could ever advertise. There are some great foreign exchange comparison websites available that give you access to some of the best FCA approved brokers.
About the Author:
Daniel Abrahams is a personal finance blogger, startup mentor at ABC Startups and Co-Founder at MyCurrencyTransfer.com and MyTravelMoney.co.uk – an OPP award winning foreign exchange comparison brand. Daniel lives between London & Tel Aviv, Israel.