Finding a deal on a holiday takes time, patience, and little bit of luck. If you’re not experienced with finding bargains online then the whole thing can seem like an ordeal, when really it’s not. The best deals are undoubtedly online, and whilst you might see a few in the window of your local travel agent, you will probably find it even lower on a website.

Into the Airport Light

Every little bit of money helps in the long run.

Booking your holiday in a DIY fashion is arguably the cheapest and most flexible way to find a deal, because this way every facet of your holiday is organised to suit you and your travel times. When doing this, you do have to be flexible to get the best prices, for example, it’s cheaper to fly mid-week, rather than the weekend, and if you can juggle your days around, then you’ll save money. Some regional airports are more expensive to fly from compared to larger UK airports, especially those in the London area, so maybe look at where you fly from too, and do a price comparison search on a site like Skyscanner.

When you’ve found your flight, make sure you book with a reputable company, with ATOL and ABTA protection if possible, such as direct with the airline. Before I travel I also check online to get up to date flight information, such as any potential delays, or which terminal I need to be at. If you’ve done your booking in a DIY fashion, checking up on these things is imperative, just to be on the safe side.

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Transfers from the airport are extremely cheap if you go down the route of a shuttle bus, and I often do this just to save money, however if there are a few of you, it might be cheaper to book a private transfer and split the cost. This way you don’t have to stop at various hotels dropping people off, and you get straight to your destination.

Hotel-wise, this is where the huge amount of choice comes in, and probably the most time consuming part of the whole process. I have several internet windows open, one with Trip Advisor, and a few with different hotel websites on, such as Travel Republic, Sunshine, Alpha Rooms etc, and I do a search, find a few that I like the look of, read reviews, take most of them with a pinch of salt, and then find out which site has it cheapest. When I’m happy with the hotel and the price, I book it and look forward to my upcoming holiday.

See, as easy as A,B,C!