Organising a holiday can be a very daunting task with so much to organise from flights to hotels. For many, the easiest option to avoid headaches is to go through a travel agent. However, if you are wanting so save money avoiding commission costs, then there are definitely other options to help you achieve the holiday of your life for a cheaper price.
Time is always a factor when booking your own holiday. Make sure you have time to do enough research on the place you want to go. Researching can take hours and even days depending on how much you already know and how much you want to know. Your research will help you determine what time of year you would like to travel and where you would like to go. Hence, it is important to take notes every time you find great information whether it is from surfing the net or through reading your lonely planet books, which can be purchased online, or at leading bookstores.
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After your research is done, the next important step is to look at flights. Having your dates in mind, you can visit many different websites, which offer different fares, specials and different airline companies to fly with. Recommended websites to search for flights include:
Alternatively look at the airlineís website directly, as they may have a better deal.
If you know well in advance that you want to travel, many aviation companies have early bird specials. These occur in October and November for Europe and at the beginning of the year for The United States of America.
When booking your flights, ensure that your dates are correct, check you have enough baggage allowance and that you have a credit card ready to pay, as you cannot hold flights online.
Once you have booked your return ticket, it is time to book your internal flights if necessary. The websites noted above are also great when searching for your internals. Always ensure you have picked the correct dates and your luggage allowance is correct, as it can be difficult to change these flights. Changing even the smallest details may incur a fee, which may cost more than the flight itself.
When it comes to booking hotels, it is important to take care. Research before booking your hotel is a must. Tripadvisor.com.au is a great website where other travellers have reviewed hotels, giving their honest opinions whether you should stay there or not. Always get a second opinion from Trip Advisor, as it may be the difference of you loving the hotel or hating it.
If you see a hotel you like, go onto their website and see if they offer a better deal.
Once you have booked all your flights and accommodation, ensure that you have printed out all your receipts and booking confirmations that will allow you to check in when you arrive at your destination.
Always have an email address that you can access overseas just in case there is a booking change or you need to have correspondence with hotel reception. Donít be afraid of booking your trip yourself. As long as you pay attention to detail, booking your holiday solo is a piece of cake. It can be time consuming, but it can save you a lot of money that can be used to buy cocktails while you are sitting on a secluded beach on the other side of the world. If you find it all too difficult to book your holiday yourself, you always have a travel agent to fall back on.
If you have any questions about booking your own trip, leave a message in the comment section and we will try our best to answer your questions.
I would suggest that the second most important step is purchasing travel insurance as soon as you have booked and paid for your trip. Don't leave it until the week before you leave to purchase travel insurance - you could break your leg, get an illness or have something happen which will prevent your trip within hours of booking it.