Fancy a bit of summer sun this year without paying a small fortune? You might be surprised to learn that it’s not so far out of reach. Thanks to the vast array of affordable holidays available through package tour operators and low-cost airlines, the chances are you will find a cheap holiday this year that fulfils that classic combo of sun, sea and sand, without putting a large hole in your bank balance.
So how do you find it? When it comes to finding a cheap holiday, summer is one of the most competitive times of year. Of course, travelling in summer means that the kids are on holiday which can immediately bump the prices up, but providing you’ve got a sharp eye for deals, you can often get around this with a few simple tricks.
For starters, when you’re searching for a cheap holiday, look out for tour operators’ deals and discounts. Spending just a few minutes comparing the main websites could serve up some great summer savings. Try looking for advance bookings too, and providing you won’t have school-age kids in tow, try searching outside of the school holidays – for instance in May and September or October. This is outside of the peak season and can often represent some fantastic savings.
Of course where package holidays are concerned you can also look for late bookings. This is still a great way to snap up a bargain and works by searching for package breaks departing within the next few weeks. Availability and choice is strictly limited and the discounts won’t apply to every holiday, but for those that have been reduced, you can often snap up a great last-second deal – particularly if you can be flexible with your holiday criteria.
There is plenty of summer sun and lashings of sizzling special offers out there – it’s just a matter of finding your favourite.
Search online for a fantastic range of escapes departing this summer, and find great deals on holidays both this year and next through Thomas Cook Holidays, the world’s best-known name in travel.