When was the last time you visited a Travel Agent’s office to book a holiday? I think I’d struggle to remember, because these days I’m a firm fan of booking online. I’ve even promoted myself to booking my holiday elements separately, creating what I like to call my own personal DIY holiday!
This has become a popular way to book breaks nowadays, and really does put control firmly in your hands, even as far as how you’re going to get to the airport. There are many options on this, be it public transport or your own car, however I would certainly recommend driving yourself, as it creates much less stress and costs very little. I regularly use www.parkbcp.co.uk for airport parking and have always saved money, even factoring in the travel element. Wherever you fly from, check out what’s available, as most UK airports have plenty of options to choose from, such as the services available for parking at Gatwick, which I used recently and would definitely recommend.
How you’re getting to the airport should obviously be the second step in your booking process, with the flight being the number one priority. This is the part of the process that has the least in the way of flexibility, as obviously flights leave when scheduled, not when you want them to! The best thing to do is to log on to Skyscanner, and monitor your options, waiting until the price is suitable for you. It may go up, it may go down, but when you see a price you’re willing to pay, book it. I wouldn’t advise checking the price again after booking as you may end up seeing it lower! This is the risk you take.
Flight booked, getting to the airport booked, it’s time to sort out your accommodation.
This is actually the part of the process I enjoy the least, basically because there’s so much choice, I‘m not very good at deciding! You have area, board basis, number of stars … the options are endless. I personally like to book an apartment, because I enjoy the freedom, however an all inclusive hotel may be a great choice for families, in keeping the cost of eating and drinking down. It’s a completely personal choice, and I’d recommend sites such as Sunshine or Travel Republic for your search.
The final thing you need to think about is your transfer, and again, I always use Travel Republic for this, as I’ve never had a problem before. If there’s a large group of you, I’d recommend splitting the cost and booking a private transfer, as you’ll get there much quicker than on a shuttle bus. However, if there’s a small group of you, or even just one or two, the shuttle bus will work out much cheaper.
And that’s all there is to it! Make sure you book your travel insurance to cover you for your travels, ensure that any company you use is ATOL and ABTA protected, check out any visa regulations you need to keep in mind, and print out all documents for your holiday, and you’re good to go!
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