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2 years 11 months ago #497247 by falls81
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Has anyone got any nice winter holidays booked to take away those winter blues? I'l be off to the alps sometime in feb but like to look for a late deal, i get great offers being on my own etc

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2 years 11 months ago #497784 by polar
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Yep following you or I may get there first !!!
As for holidays on your own.


Travel companies tend to screw you over in school holiday time so avoid.
Secondly air fares tend to be cheapest about 6 weeks before you go.
Thirdly use a site like skyscanner for flight dates. Travel cost varies according to the day and time of day.
Use sites like booking.com to book a room. Rooms are usually the same price for 1 or 2 people regardless of how many in the room. Get the luxury of double bed.
It might be convenient to get a package which includes transfers. That said in city type breaks there is usually a shuttle from the airport to get you near your hotel for a fraction of the cost of a taxi.
Booking direct with a hotel may get you a package deal on reduced ski deals/ health spa etc.
Being with kids might change the equation slightly convenience wise but if they are older and can carry their own suitcase then go for the deals.

BEWARE
Some of the holidays offer city breaks. When you phone up you find that the deal price for a 2 night holiday means arriving at 11pm on the first night, sleep, then setting off on 6am flight back. You are offered a BETTER deal allowing early travel out on day one and a late fight back on day 3 giving one full day and 2 half days for activities .When you actually travel you find you are on Ryanair or similar and the prices for every flight on those days is almost the same. (yes Ive been caught out)

Another killer is the pick up bus on ski holidays. The resorts are usually clustered to make use of one bus . It means an early start with no breakfast and then touring resorts to pick up others. All to get on a 5pm flight !!

I nearly always drive to Europe. Air travel may be fast but its getting to an airport, parking the car, arriving up to 2-3 hours before a flight, the flight, waiting for passengers from other airports before the bus departs and then being driven around multiple resorts.
Taking the car was faster in many cases, more interesting than an airport, no luggage weight restrictions and no extra sports equipment charges.

On many skiing holidays the cost of the advertised holiday is only half the cost. Add ski hire, boot hire, insurance,ski pass etc and that doesn't include booze!!

Beware on budget airlines there are often no childrens prices. Its price per seat unless under 2 when they have to sit on your lap.

Also beware of luggage additional prices. On one cheap airline it was 10euros extra to put your luggage in an overhead locker !! On one trip my daughter found that Ryanairs additional charges escalated the price well over British airways due to her heavy luggage. So shop around for an overall price.

Always take a bit of foreign money..ask friends for spare change. Its often cheaper to change money abroad but you will need first day money at least.
Remember credit cards and ATMs charge a percentage so check if your credit card is free to use abroad or if it charges up to 3%.

If on a long haul flight with a stopover you will need a drink etc so carry a credit card even if it is used to buy a coffee !!

Don't underestimate your spending money. It can often be cheaper to take a holiday in Thailand than one in Switzerland due to living costs. Britexit has really changed the exchange rates !!!

As for travel in the UK ? My single friend paid £600 for B and B in St Ives Cornwall last year. This year , same week, price was £1100. He didn't go !!

Yep and last of all travel insurance. Sometimes included in your bank account but don't travel without it. Insurance is worth every penny. This applies to excess waiver on cheap car hire. My daughter hired a car and paid £50 excess waiver. She was rammed in the rear by another car and saved the £1000 excess !!

Most important. Research the scams , deliberate crash for cash scams , local customs and do's and don'ts. In Thailand if you drop a note and stamp on it to stop it blowing away you can be jailed !!

Have fun !!

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