When January blues strikes, many of us feel low and less motivated. Booking a holiday in the sun seems to cheer up everyone, but what if you have limited budgets or know that your credit card deals are going to arrive any minute making you feel guilty over your holiday spending? The good news is that you can book a holiday on a budget in the sun, even if you have limited resources. Find out more below.
Best Times to Book Flights
Fight tickets are usually more expensive toward the end of the week, and cheaper Monday and Tuesday. There is a logic behind this. People tend to get fed up with their week toward the end, and they have more time to do their research when they are home in the weekend. Flight operators find out how many tickets they sold during the weekend and identify the cheap price to introduce again. You can also take advantage of last minute flights. There are also some companies that will tell you whether or not the price of your flights is likely to drop of go up.
Off the Beaten Track
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If you want to stay on a budget when booking your vacation, you need to avoid the popular winter sun spots and find a place off the beaten track. It is sometimes better to be off the main tourist strip and hire a car at your location, so you can enjoy freedom and come and go whenever you can. If you travel via plane, you can pick up your car from the airport and be on your way, away from the flock of tourists.
In case you are looking to go abroad, never book your attractions and transfers through your home country’s agent. If you can, try to go direct and engage with local agents and tour operators, so you can save money on commission. If you are traveling to Asia, for example, you will need to get in touch with a local agency to get the whole tour planned for the fraction of the price you would pay at home. The cost of labor is generally much cheaper, so you can get a better value for your money.
In case you are traveling with a larger family, or friends, you might be better off sharing the cost of car rental and accommodation. Renting a villa and doing the shopping together, taking turns at cooking is a great way of reducing the cost of your vacation. You can also book an AirBnB or a hostel, if luxury is not an absolute necessity for you, and you are a solo traveler.
If you can’t wait to head to the sun and recharge your batteries this winter, you can make the most out of your money and time by shopping around and doing your research. There are plenty of deals out there, you just have to book at the right time and the right place.