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.

Cheap Holidays – How to Book Cheap Holidays

In current scenario, everyone has a wish to visit all the beautiful and strange places of world that are famous for different reasons. But it is not possible for everyone to visit every place because of the rising rates of airlines. Moreover, airlines are also trying to boost their businesses and thus, the visitors can gain benefits from these facts. Many airlines, hotels and even the tour agents offer cheap packages so that people with low income could also visit the location of their dreams.

The best way to book the cheap holidays is to go with online services that enable you to know about many more cheap holidays’ packages. Since there are available a lot of agents who offer various cheap packages for every place of the world. Thus, you can opt for any of the package as per your choice. So, are you looking for these packages to carry your family on a holiday tour to spend some days in a silent and existing manner? Just book the cheap packages that will make everything possible for you.

Well, before booking any cheap holidays’ package, you must have a clear cut idea of visiting the place of your dream. After selecting the place, you need to do is to know about all the flights arranged for the destination. After knowing every flight from different airline companies, you simply need to compare the rates of these companies to select the perfect option for you. Though you can take help from the available travel agents, however you should try to find out the worth airline without any help of any agent. It is the perfect way to enjoy cheap holidays.

Rise in Cheap Holidays Thanks to Recession

The global financial crisis has accelerated an ongoing trend across the travel sector, namely the increasing popularity of cheap holidays as opposed to overtly “luxury” breaks. As the credit crunch and its after effects have led people to look for different ways of economising, marketing gurus have urged all industries to stress the value-for-money of their products, with “recession-beating” deals.

This is certainly true for the travel industry, as can clearly seen by the success of the no-frills airlines compared to their more established rivals and the rapid growth of independent online booking.

Indeed, it has been the appearance of scores of independent holiday providers that has provided a real spur to the availability of cheap holidays. It has made tracking down bargains online available to a far wider group of people than those who have been determined enough to hunt down cheap holidays through their local newspapers or small ads in the past.

A further boost has come from the advent of price comparison sites, which near-instantaneously compare scores and scores of holiday prices, customised to an individual customer’s own preferences. It could be argued now that online bookings are the most important part of the UK holiday market.

The reason for this sea change is, quite simply, computer power. Computers linked by the Internet are unbeatable when it comes to sifting vast amount of information and picking out those variables which are important to the individual user – in this case the potential holidaymaker.

Cheap holidays are much easier to hunt down when processing power is harnessed, rather than “letting your fingers do the walking” through local telephone directories, local papers or a host of brochures. This is a process which has only been assisted by the recession.

Despite the huge difficulties that this has caused many operators across the travel sector, cheap holidays have become more sought after than ever before, and so online bookings and price comparison sites have been given a boost alongside them. This in turn has had a knock-on effect on the more established operators, who are casting an anxious eye towards their upstart Internet rivals – as can be seen from the large number of promotional deals and special holidays from these companies strongly emphasising the low cost and value aspects of their products.

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.