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What could be nicer than booking an exciting trip away? Managing to arrange a holiday that meets all of your requirements but that doesn’t break the bank, that’s what! There are several ways in which to ensure that your trip isn’t a budget-buster, so try these handy tips for booking the best discount holidays.

Discount holidays

Go last-minute

Depending on the type of holiday you are looking for, waiting until the last minute to book can be an effective way to save money. Some package operators offer an early-bird discount for bookings made a long way in advance. However, if you have missed this and you don’t have your heart set on a specific location or hotel, there can be some great savings to be had by waiting until much nearer your desired departure time. Bear in mind, however, that some popular destinations, such as Disneyland, are likely to be fully booked several months in advance, particularly around the school holidays.

Be flexible on dates

Travelling at the weekend is almost always more expensive so consider whether you could move your holiday dates to work around this. A mid-week booking is likely to be cheaper and if you are looking for an overnight city break, a Sunday or Monday will be less expensive than a Friday or Saturday. Travelling at anti-social hours is also a good way in which to reduce the cost of flights. If you can be a little bit flexible it can pay dividends. In the case of many package holidays, you can arrange a stay of 10 or 11 nights for only a fraction more than the cost of a standard week or fortnight’s booking.

Try new destinations

One of the best ways to take advantage of some fantastic deals on discount holidays is to be open to new ideas and destinations. Avoiding traditional favourites such as Spain or Italy in favour of alternatives such as Romania or Croatia can not only save you money but might open up opportunities to experience diverse cultures and discover some new favourites.

Research, research, research

Before booking any break, find out as much as you can about the destination as well as the types of activities available. Think creatively and be aware that it can sometimes be cheaper to book flights and accommodation separately. Conversely, some destinations offer brilliant all-inclusive packages that actually work out to be better value than paying separately for flights, accommodation and catering. These can be a great stress-free option, especially for families.

Being flexible about your destination and travel dates can help you to make the most of some great deals and arrange a memorable holiday - without breaking the bank.


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