Decide early now on how, where and when you want to travel. Scout
around for packages that meet your criteria and book one. By
booking your holiday early, you not only allow airlines to identify
forward booking, you also allow them to initiate tactical offers
like early-bird specials. Waiting could cost you money.
Examine the package
Check the terms and conditions. For example, certain deals are
only valid for up to a certain date (6 months usually). When prices
are low, something has to give. The cheaper the fare, the more
stringent the conditions. Also, look at what is included and compare
them with other offers. A cheap deal may mean staying in a three
star hotel in a seedy part of town. Although that may be okay with
some people, it might not be suitable for a family with young children.
It's an unhealthy trend when a holiday package focuses on price.
If the content of a holiday package is bad, then it is not much
of a holiday. Never discount a package just because it is expensive.
Do your research and consult your travel agent
Decide on the purpose of your trip. Are you looking for a leisurely
holiday at the beach or a cultural/ historical one in an old city?
What is your budget? Do you want a FIT (Free and Independent Traveler)
holiday or are you okay with traveling in a big group? Will you
be traveling with senior citizens or young children? If it is a
family outing, check whether the hotel has facilities that cater
to children. Discuss these issues with your travel agent so that
it is easier to fulfill your needs and meet your expectations.
Take note of off-peak periods
Demand exceeds supply during the peak periods, and naturally, airfares
and room rates go sky high. If you want to travel cheap, take advantage
of the lull between peak periods, or the "shoulder periods". For
example, if you visit Australia in winter, you will not have to
fight for flights and rooms. If you are going local, bear in mind
that Malaysia is popular with overseas holidaymakers during the
months of June to September. School holidays are also a big no-no
if you want to travel cheap.
Look for options
While South Korea has been positioned as a skiing destination in
winter, it is not the only such destination. To avoid the crowd
and exorbitant prices, you could go elsewhere such as the mountain
areas in China or India. Places that are really popular are usually
chock full of tourists and barely enough room to enjoy yourself.
Make use of the Internet
The Internet is a treasure throve of information. If you want to
check the quality of a hotel noted in your tour package, you could
do so if the hotel has a website online. Some resorts even have
logs made by visitors; so read what they have to say. FIT travelers
also plan their holidays, booking plans, rooms and flights through
the Internet. Going to travel websites may also be useful because
many of them offer traveling tips or warnings from people who have
traveled to a certain destination. If you have the time, surf around
and find out the best price and deals and make comparisons.