Winter is finally over, the clocks have officially gone forward and summer is creeping up on us, with some warmer days on the horizon. I don’t know about you, but the team here at QuidCycle are looking forward to those summer holidays and finally getting a chance to have that well deserved break. The only hindrance can be the cost, however, we believe that you can have a good holiday whilst still remaining within your budget and not using credit. We have done some research just for you to make that holiday more affordable:
1. Compare, compare!!
We don’t all have time to shop around for an affordable holiday. However, there are some price comparison sites out there designed to make your life easier when trying to organise a holiday. www.travelsupermarket.co.uk or www.icelolly.com.
2. Be organised and book early
Sometimes, the best strategies for finding a reasonably priced holiday, involve booking your flight and accommodation early. However, just because it is a good deal at the time, it doesn’t mean that the deal/rate won’t be reduced closer to your leaving date. It is always wise to look out for promotions run by your agent before you travel, ensure that your deposit is refundable and continue to check that the price remains competitive with the rates on offer by other Travel Agencies. Research by Map Happy has also shown that you if you book on a weekday (in particular, a Tuesday or Wednesday) rather than at the weekend, the flights work out cheaper. http://maphappy.org/2012/07/you-should-buy-a-plane-ticket-on-tuesday/. Another benefit of booking your holiday early is the option to pay a low deposit and pay the holiday off by instalments - a fantastic option if you have the disposable income, however, do remember to include some spending money.
3. Travel during non-peak season
We all know that term time holidays tend to work out cheaper. Experian reveal that travelling in August would cost a family of four an average of 48% more than a holiday in September. http://www.experian.co.uk/blogs/consumer-advice/find-holiday-bargain/. A few days before schools close and the first month (during the summer holidays), the holiday prices are substantially higher. If you have no children and can take your holiday during the non-peak season, take advantage of that. If like a few of the team at QuidCycle, you are restricted by school holidays, look for deals a week before the term ends and towards the end of the holidays (usually 10 days before the school term begins). The deals are out there and worth the effort.
4. Last minute bargains if you can afford to be spontaneous
Every heard the saying, “the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!” If you aren’t super organised, this is for you! However, although last minute holidays can be exciting, they can also be rather stressful as there is much to organise within a short space of time. If you are the spontaneous type and not easily overwhelmed, then last minute bargains can be tempting and are often advantageous. Sites like www.lastminute.com and www.cruisedeals.co.uk are worth checking out, two weeks before you intend to travel.
Once you have booked that well deserved holiday, make a list of the things you will need to organise before you leave. For example, organising travel money – look for the best exchange rates. If you decide to use your credit card on holiday, it is advisable to let your card provider know so that your card is not cancelled whilst you are away, due to suspicious purchases! It is also a good idea, if you do decide to use credit, to settle any outstanding credit card balances in full on your return. Ensure you have the money available to do this, perhaps cutting down on your budget before you go on holiday is a good idea. You can then enjoy your holiday without the burden of debt looming over you. Proper, prior planning in relation to your finances, is what our team at QuidCycle is passionate about. Budgeting and holidays can exist in the same sentence, enjoy the journey!
Disclaimer: The above information does not replace financial advice. Please ensure you seek independent financial advice before making any decisions regarding your finances. We also recommend that you carry out your own research to ensure that this is right for your own unique circumstances. Please note that we sometimes link to other websites but we cannot be held responsible for their content. - See more at: https://www.quidcycle.com/blog/2016/05/18/it-has-never-been-easier-find-holiday-bargain#sthash.dEn9Covf.dpuf