Oh, what a wonderful life we’d live if we could go on holiday all year round. Unfortunately, those dream trips don’t come for free, limiting how many we can squeeze into a year. However, if you have travel in your heart, adventure in your soul or you simply just can’t go too long between doses of sun, sea and sand, there are a few steps you can take to land the cheapest holiday deals going. Here are a few of our favourite cheap holiday hacks. Happy bargain hunting!
You can hunt down some excellent deals just by being flexible with your dates – great news if you don’t have school-age children to worry about! You’ll find that a lot of people look to fly over the weekends, as you might expect due to work commitments. Buck the curve and check out mid-week flight deals as well as holiday packages or hotel deals for days that fall outside public and school holidays and you could be on to a winner.
If you have an easy-going approach to where in the world you want to go then you’re effectively widening the net for hooking yourself a bargain trip. This is particularly applicable if you do need to stick to specific dates – again flexibility can save you pounds. Sites such as TripAdvisor can keep you informed of the lowest fares going all day every day – you might be one of those lucky people to bag that £10 flight that you’ll never stop telling your friends about. Additionally, some airlines such as budget favourite, Ryanair, offer the option to click on deals from a specific airport – so you can choose your most convenient take-off point and scroll through lots of lovely savings at your leisure.
There are a great many comparison sites out there that can do the hard work part of your travel research so you don’t have to. Skyscanner is an excellent tool for pinning down flights and even offers the option to search for ‘Everywhere’ in the destination box so you can see the cheapest deals worldwide in price order. Trivago is one of the simplest hotel comparison sites to use for hotels – just type in your city of choice and you’ll be presented with a wide range of possibilities as well as the option for refining results and checking out those all-important reviews.
The tricky world of flights means that it’s not as simple as booking early or even booking last-minute to bag those cheap trips. Last-minute deals just aren’t as plentiful as they used to be since the days that travel agents developed smarter ways of tracking how many seats they are likely to sell. Instead, sign up to alerts to keep your eye on the price fluctuations as airlines release discounted tickets at any point before a flight. Skyscanner actually put a bit of research into the best amount of weeks to buy flights in advance to 50 different countries here – don’t say we’re not good to you.
One which often slips under the radar, sometimes you can strike a good deal with a travel agent if you simply haggle a little. Tour operators and hotels can also be open to negotiation too, as long as there is something in the bargain that is of benefit to them i.e. you want to book a time-sensitive deal or are travelling out-of-season when the competition for custom is fierce. Choose your battles wisely and never forget the golden rule of the bargain: always do it with a smile on your face.
Once you’ve locked down your cheap holiday deal, give yourself a good pat on the back. Then make sure you purchase the right travel insurance for your trip – we can help you with that, too. Use Medical Travel Compared to search out the best travel insurance plans for your holiday – some of our insurers even cover those with pre-existing medical conditions.