There are many advantages to booking the facets of your holiday separately, not least saving money and gaining a world of flexibility.
It’s not as difficult as you might think, and it’s possible to book parking facilities to go alongside your cheap flight, cutting costs and adding stress-less arrangements into your plans. I regularly book airport parking with Airparks. It’s often cheaper to fly from London, and if you’re flexible with your arrangements, and you’re willing to drive to the capital airports you can save here too, with Stansted parking amongst others offered, all at fantastic rates.
You can grab a low cost flight simply by being flexible, and also by being terrier-like with your search. Skyscanner is a fantastic tool for grabbing those bargains, and it also searches for joint bookings, i.e. travelling with one airline, and back with another, so you get the best prices possible.
If you’re going for a short time, why not look into travelling with an airline that offers a large hand luggage allowance, and maybe cut out the need to book luggage, which can sometimes add around £40 onto your flight price. All it takes is a little ruthless packing, and buying toiletries at the airport. It is possible, believe me!
Once your flight is booked, you’ve got your insurance (an absolute necessity), and your getting to the airport plans are arranged, it’s time to look for somewhere to rest your head during your stay. Travel Republic, Sunshine, Onthebeach, amongst others, are great sites to find the cheapest hotels and apartments, with reviews and maps to help you decide. Whether you go self-catering, half board, full board, or all inclusive depends on your needs, but you will certainly have choice in abundance.
Next Up? Tranfers!
Again, sites like Travel Republic will help you book a shuttle transfer, which could work out as little as £13 return, and if there are several of you, it might be worth looking at splitting the cost of a private transfer.
Then you’re done! Your package holiday done DIY style is that easy, and you can see how much flexibility and choice you have as a result. It’s just a case of making sure that you book with reputable companies and airlines, ensure they have ABTA and ATOL protection, and book your insurance in good time.
Saving money this way will mean more to enjoy whilst you’re away, and you can throw in the occasional excursion or shopping trip, without feeling guilty about it.
DIY booking ensures everything is done your way, and in my experience, that’s never a bad thing!