So many people assume that leaving things to the last minute will help you make the biggest holiday savings, but getting organised and booking things early can actually save you money.
From a family holiday to a short break abroad there are deals to be had if you plan ahead. Here are top tips on bagging an early bird deal and nabbing the best discounts, so you can have an unforgettable holiday without breaking the bank.
1. Eurocamp’s 2016 early booking offer
Book your 2016 Eurocamp holiday by 5th November and you could save up to 25%! Choose from over 180 holiday destinations and flexible dates to suit the time you have available. Even better, you can book the holiday you want for just £99/€99 deposit, so there’s no reason to hang around!
2. Get to know your destination
Once your holiday is booked, it gives you time to shop around for exclusive offers in and around your chosen destination, which is also a great way to familiarise yourself with the area. For example, the Paris Museum Pass gives you unlimited entry to 60 museums and monuments around the city – you’ll skip all the queues too!
3. Extra extras for your money
Your search for the best holiday savings doesn’t have to stop with the trip itself. Once you’ve booked, use sites like Holiday Extras to search for the best deals on things such as airport parking, airport lounges and holiday insurance, with potential savings the earlier you book.
4. Shop the Summer sales in Autumn
September is the perfect time to pick up some holiday must-haves, from bikinis to beach toys, as these summer essentials get heavily reduced to make way for heavy coats and winter knits. So here’s permission to hit the shops on the high street or online!
5. Pre-order your travel money
Booking your holiday early allows you to compare the best currency exchange rates and monitor the market for any peaks or special currency offers, which would mean you get more for your money. Often pre-ordering your travel money will give you a better exchange rate and using sites such as Sainsbury’s Bank means you can collect Nectar points on orders too.
6. Drive away a good deal
Booking car hire early can save you up to £10/€14 a day, compared to organising it when you arrive – that’s £70/€95 for a one week holiday and £140/€190 if you’re away for two! I’m sure you’ll agree there are better things to be spending your Euros on… More ice cream anyone?