If you’re looking for your lads first holiday then read on and save some cash with this booking a bargain holiday guide. The first rule is to set a budget and let one guy take the lead, this really can save a ton of hassle and time.
Make use of social networks as a tool; setup a private Facebook event so you can all collaborate, post ideas and keep the group up to date, its also a great resource for dumping all your holiday pictures onto when you return, that way the group are free to share what they want with the rest of Facebook.
When it comes to pinning down a value for money holiday your likely find yourself trawling though Google results page after page and not actually getting anywhere. First of all, Google is not the only search engine, don’t forget to try the same searches in other engines such as Bing and holiday comparison sites.
Here’s are the three best websites I know of that can yield some pretty impressive savings, the best bargain I have ever managed to book was 10 nights in Ibiza for £84.00, this included flights and accommodation, which was via sunshine.co.uk
This is a great website, it pulls in loads of feeds from other web sites and organises them into an easy to digest format. Do be careful when looking at the prices on screen, this is just a guide – the best thing is to get the telephone number from the hotel listing, give them a call and confirm the most up to date price.
When booking via teletext you will nearly also have to pay the full amount in one hit, so have your card ready. Visits Teletext Holidays
I used these guys for my most recent booking to Ibiza, great value, very helpful staff and loads of bargains to be had. They cater for destinations worldwide and a real deal winner on this site is you can pay a deposit on most of the holidays, this makes it much more attractive for your mates to commit, the outstanding balance is normally due 12 weeks before the departure date. Visit Sunmaster
It is worth adding yourself to the mailing list on sunshine.co.uk, they often send you last minutes deals and low deposit bargain. Unlike the other sites, these guys do not have a telephone number as its helps to keep the prices down, but stick with the site and there are some real hidden gems to be found. I’ve found these guys are really good if you are looking for holidays to the Balearics and the Canaries. Visit Sunshine.co.uk
The best tip when booking with the above sites is to ring (if they have a number) as early in the day as possible as the prices will be cheaper. Also don’t be afraid to ask what deals they might have, they sometimes have some late cancellation deals available. One thing to note, there are often booking fees and taxes that are not included in the price on the screen, what starts off as a£99.00 bargain can often double in price with hidden extras, so check before you confirm.
Just to make sure everything else goes to plan, I’ve also compiled this handy list of do’s and don’t
- Passport – pretty obvious if you’re leaving the country but trust me, I’ve known people to leave this until the very last day
- Insurance – this is easily overlooked but essential, DO NOT get stranded abroad with insurance, also make sure you cover yourself if you taking part in any sports, such as skiing or snow boarding
- Local currency – make sure you know what the local cash looks like, I’ve known people flying into Europe assuming they can spend Euro’s – Well this is not the case if you find yourself heading to places like Prague that still have their native currency, Koruna’s
- Language – you would be surprised how far a please or thank you can get you when visiting abroad, take 10 minutes to find out before you leave
- Check if any local customs or events clash with your holiday – for example, I once visited Tunisia during Ramadan, for a guy who enjoys a few beers, this was a proper #FAIL
- Vaccinations – if these are needed, DO NOT skip these important jabs – it’s not worth risking your health
- Check the distance to and from the airport – sometime you can get you pants pulled over your head on the price of transfers; in Ibiza a Taxi transfer will cost you about 30 euros, whereas the Bus is only about 6 euros and takes an extra 10 minutes