Package Holiday Prices Soar in 2010

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Just when you thought the recession was over and everything was getting back on track…the papers are spouting more doom and gloom for the travel industry.

A recent piece in the London Metro reported that package holiday deals – believed to be the best value holidays around- are set to soar in cost next year.

The study, carried out by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette, said that falling demand and the rising cost of the Euro were to blame, and tour operators were having to scrap last minute holiday deals to reduce costs. With these price rises, a holiday for a family of four could cost on average £100 more in 2010!

But before you cancel your holiday plans, there are other ways to book a bargain break next year. Whilst package deals may be getting pricey, budget travel is booming, and we refuse to fork out more!

So we’ve come up with three ways to beat the holiday price rise in 2010:

  1. Do-It-Yourself: It’s now much cheaper to book your flights and accomodation seperately. By booking everything yourself, you’ll cut out travel agencies and all the other extras fees added into your package ‘deal’.
  2. Fly Away: We love sites like Skyscanner and Cheapflights, which list the cheapest flights available on the web, so you’re not stuck with the tour operator’s carrier of choice.
  3. Bed Down for Less: When choosing accommodation, make sure you use a website with no booking fee or hidden costs. We’re bucking the trend for increasingly expensive holidays with our lowest price guarantee – recent research found as the cheapest for budget accomodation in 48 destinations worldwide. With consistently low prices and a wide range of hostels, hotels and B&Bs available online, we want to smash those rising holiday prices!

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