Finding Cheap Holidays This Year

The pound had enjoyed several years of growth were it was possible to get two dollars for a pound and almost one euro and a half for a pound. Unfortunately the situation is now very different and the pound is weak against many other currencies. Holidays considerably more expensive than the British public are used to and finding those cheap holidays will be much harder this year.

Although it isn’t all doom and gloom, there are bargain holidays to be had. There are other countries that have had suffered just as badly from the economic downturn. You can find very cheap holidays if you go to lets say unusual locations such as Iceland. Iceland’s economy was severely hit when the economic recession hit, after expanding very quickly the shortage of finance and large borrowings hit the country hard. The good news is it is much cheaper to holiday here as the country looks to attract holidaymakers.

If you are prepared to search around to find the best deals they can be found. Cheap holidays can be even found for popular European destinations. In particular bargains can be had if you look for holidays in Madrid and Barcelona.

Prices do vary quite considerably as travel agents attempt to maximise their profits. The month you travel also comes into the price of your holiday. It will be much cheaper if you want to go for your summer holidays in May as opposed to July as schools haven’t finished the academic year.

Although it can be time consuming, comparing different holidays is certainly worth the hassle as prices can vary considerably. Comparison sites can help allowing you to search multiple destinations and dates without the pressure of going to a high street shop. You can browse at your leisure, look at flexible dates and research locations to get feedback from other holidaymakers.

Once you are armed with the places you want to visit you could then haggle with travel agents to try and reduce the prices for the holidays. As less people will be holidaying this year travel agents will be fighting over each other to get your business so cheap holidays can be had through bargaining and haggling.

Finding Those Cheap Holidays Abroad

The summer season is now finished but if you would like to find cheap holidays abroad for the winter or for summer 2010 then there are bargains to be had. One example I read about recently highlights the importance of shopping around.

There was a cheap holiday abroad found, this time to Costa Blanca were flights were found for less than £40 return and a search for a three star hotel came back at around £400 for a one week stay there. The person in question then visited his local travel agent to ask how much it would be for a one week package holiday for two; the total came in at £1,600, around double what could be put together separately.

It is more important than ever not just to ensure you are getting the cheapest holiday abroad but to ensure that you aren’t been ripped off!

Travel agents are obviously struggling at the moment and sadly August and September are when they are mostly likely to go under so do be careful when you book your next holiday especially if it is around this time. When you do book your next holiday and any holiday really, it is important to protect yourself by ensuring that you book through an ATOL protected business.

To find cheap holidays abroad make the most of the internet by searching for holidays on comparison sites and then compare them to travel agents deals. Having a good idea of the type of holiday you want before you go and consideration of locations and budgets will help you narrow down your searches and make it easier when contacting the travel agent.

The Euro has also dropped to a five month low against the pound so if you are still looking for cheap holidays abroad now then those cheapest holidays abroad will be in countries outside the euro zone.

There are still bargain holidays abroad to be found so follow the rules, shop around, compare with other websites and agents buy from an ATOL protected business. Look out for limited cheap holiday deals that come up now and again too.

Guidelines to Compare Cheap Flights

Who doesn’t want to get cheap flight to Europe? Definitely not you otherwise you will not be on this page. One of the secrets kept by every globetrotter is that he/she gets some of the very sweet deals on airline tickets. In other words, they are very good bargain hunters. They have the ability to ferret out any deals and take advantage of them. It does not mean they don’t have money like other people who prefer to fly in style or class. The point is; the extra can always be pocketed and used as extra walking around money. I guess cheapest airfare never hurt anyone.

It always amazes me how a lot of people are willing to seek out the cutest deals when it comes to their groceries and clothes but succumb whenever it comes to airfare. Funny enough, you can get cheap flights almost as easily and I say almost so that no one accuses me of leading him or her astray. For the benefit of the stay-at-home moms out there, I will draw a parallel just in order to get them out of scary mode. Here are the ways to compare cheap flights.

Most of the moms out there are used to getting printed materials from the various departmental shops and these days, subscribing for newsletters online. They are also used to clipping coupons and using them later. The fact is that airlines do similar things that allow you to compare flight prices. If you go the airlines’ respective sites, you will find that they have newsletters to which you can subscribe. They will inform you of urgent and limited promos and discounts via this medium. And if I may let you into a ‘secret’, most airlines reserve the best deals for their own sites.

I know that some of the moms out there are students in one institution of learning or the other. Get your ID card to work for you by simply flashing it and getting the discounts which abound for students to get and even cheap holidays. There are a number of sites you can visit to confirm your eligibility for these programs and compare holidays with your pals. Many people have never failed to claim their rights when it comes to being a student, why not do so now?

Most moms out there particularly those from other nations usually make a beeline for their fellow nationals when purchase groceries. Airlines, more often than not sell most of their discounted air tickets to the bucket shops in localities populated by their own nationals. Wherever you are, you could try to access this facility even for cheap flights to Dubai. It wouldn’t hurt to try.

Last minute deals are also available if you hook onto one of the charter flights that usually lease airplanes and sell tickets for specific routes and days. Low prices are a characteristic of this arrangement but then the downside is that it could be canceled at the last minute if the flight doesn’t fill up.