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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Make The Most From A Cheap Holiday

By Wayne Bromiley

There are many ways to get Cheap Holidays and Cheap Holiday Deals. Getting the best possible deal starts long before you get on a plane. The right preparation and fact finding will help you enjoy the best possible holiday for the best possible price.

The first thing to consider is travel insurance. Insurance for a single trip can cost as much as annual cover, so it is worth checking online or talking to a broker to see the best deal that you can get. Cover is also useful in the event of any problems with travel delays or companies going bust. Paying by credit card will also give extra protection. Some debit accounts also have insurance policies. Ask your bank for more information on the protection and insurance policies available.

When booking a holiday the advice is either to book very early or very late. Earlier booking will get you a cheaper deal and give you more time to organise your trip and compare prices. With later deals you can often get cheaper prices up to eight weeks before you travel. Either way, it is worth shopping around to see what is available.

Shopping around is the best way of getting the best deal. There are comparison sites for every aspect of your holiday, whether it is the hotel, car hire or insurance. Package deals are more tempting because they are all inclusive. However it may be more practical to go with a cheaper hotel chain or a self catering apartment, especially if you want to try authentic local cuisine!

The first thing to look at is where you intend to travel. Some places have favourable exchange rates and these are often attractive places to go to. Given recent financial problems a lot of places will be glad of the extra trade, so it is worth keeping an eye out for discount bookings. If possible, booking earlier will ensure you get a better deal. It will also give you more time to prepare and therefore less stress on the day you travel. On the other hand, it is also possible to get cheaper deals on last minute flights, sometimes up to eight weeks before travelling.

When on holiday it is important to be wary of hidden charges. When using your phone, international calls can prove very expensive. If you are accessing the internet on a smart phone that can also prove deceptively costly. Send texts instead of phone calls and keep internet use to a minimum.

Paying on a card in a restaurant on holiday is also something to be careful of. Some banks may limit the amount of countries you can use your card, so it is worth checking this before you travel. It is also worth asking whether you will be charged extra for taking out money from a foreign cash machine. When paying by card, make sure you pay using the local currency as the exchange will cost you extra money.

A good cheap deal should cover all your needs and still be an enjoyable experience. With the right information, cheap really can be cheerful!

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