As you may already know (by the title of this blog and my constant posts on the topic) I am a pretty busy human being these days! I am completely torn between needing a holiday and not having any spare time with which to book a holiday! What a silly conundrum to have…
I was mulling this problem over and realised that it may also be a great topic for a blog post – after all, I can’t be the only busy mum dealing with this issue! I have been doing a little bit of research on the best way to book a family holiday in a hassle free way, and I have come up with some good pointers and tips that I plan to use and that you may find useful as well. I’m on a budget and want this holiday to be as affordable as possible, but I also want it to be relaxing and stress busting as well, so no subpar hotels etc. Here is a list of tips for how to easily book a holiday that I have compiled – let me know what you think!
Trust a travel agent – The more I look at this option the more I am tempted to just blurt out all of my family’s needs to a travel agent and let them find something perfect for us! I am a little bit wary of using this admittedly old school option because I worry it will be more expensive, but I have also been reading a lot of articles lately that counter this belief – apparently booking with an agent is often actually cheaper than booking online. I’m going to try this out, if not for this trip than for another one soon.
Check your credit rating before you book – and after – It’s always a good idea to check your credit before booking any big ticket item or making travel arrangements. You never know if you have been the victim of identity theft or have unpaid debts on your credit rating unless you regularly check – find out more here.
Book a package – While you may be able to save a few pounds by booking your flight, hotel and transfers all separately, package holidays after often much less stressful as everything is included, and you usually have access to a resort representative who can help you should you have any issues.
Spend a little more – This may seem like strange advice from someone who wants to watch her budget, but trust me – that rock bottom priced resort has usually been discounted for a reason! It will be really hard to relax while you sit and lament the crap hotel you chose in full view of the nicer options down the beach. Here is a great link about how to book the perfect family friendly resort.
Check the boutique discount websites – I personally like Secret Escapes, but there are countless other websites online that feature luxurious holidays at a good discount – check these regularly for a little bit of escapism whilst you shop for your holiday.
Do you have any other suggestions, or perhaps have a horror story/ positive experience with a travel agent? Let’s have a conversation in the comment section below.
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