1. PLANNING YOUR VACATION
Planning is the key to success when it comes to getting a budget holiday. There are many things
that you can influence such as when you book, how you travel, whether you go package or build
your own agenda. All of these things can have a significant impact on the price you pay. Above
all, each of these things are within your control!
1.1. When to Book
Most people know exactly when they are intending to take a vacation. This can be used to your
advantage when it comes to planning.
Deciding on when to book is a bit of a gamble. Whilst many tour operators will offer cheaper
prices and early booking discounts, you may find that last minute deals are also available which
will prove better financially.
There are many factors that you should take into account when deciding on when to book for
maximum financial gain:
• Are you flexible in terms of dates that you are prepared to travel?
• Are you flexible in terms of destinations that you are prepared to travel to?
• Will you be buying a package deal or will you be building your own package?
• Are you considering a popular destination where many tour operators or flight companies
Firstly, if you are flexible in terms of location and dates then you will almost certainly benefit
from waiting until the last minute to book your holiday. Last minute deals are, of course,