With the internet awash with price-comparison sites, booking a holiday has never been easier. The first thing to do after deciding on the destination is to choose between either a DIY or all-inclusive trip. The pros and cons for each type will depend on location, length of stay and when you book, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help when making these ‘make or break‘ holiday decisions.
Popular places for holidays, where there are many hotels and attractions and access is easy, are usually served by tour operators for all inclusive holidays. This is where everything, from your flights to accommodation, and even your airport transfer is organised and included in one price. If there are many companies working in the area, then competition is strong and the chances are that you’ll find a good deal for your flights, connections and accommodation.
If, however, you fancy visiting less frequented places or locations with a sparse population, then you will probably find it more cost-effective to organize your travel yourself. It can be complicated to schedule a trip to a far-flung destination when information on the area is limited, but with a little research into cheap flights and hotels, you should be able to find a great deal from a range of providers.
Length of trip
If time is precious or needs to be managed carefully, then it’s probably better to tailor your trips specifically to ensure you can make the most of it.
Package holidays are good for seven, ten or fourteen nights away, when you can be a little more flexible with departure times.
When to book
Last-minute deals do still exist, but they are, however, almost exclusive to package holidays. This is because tour operators buy up flights and hotel rooms in advance and will sometimes need to push unsold places or they will risk losing money.
Booking a last-minute deal usually means booking no more than around eight weeks before departure, this can work very well for some people, but be aware that your holiday choices might be limited by the time frame. So, if you have your heart set on a particular destination or date, then it’s best to book in advance.