How to Find Cheap Holiday Accommodation

Most vacationers almost always spend much of their holiday preparation time in finding and booking practical airline ticket reservations. Often, they end up not finding and securing the right and reasonable accommodations. Thus, their holiday vacations are usually spoiled as they spend significantly more than they really should in accommodations. Here are helpful ways on how you could find and book cheap holiday accommodations in any destination of your choice.

The earlier you book for hotel accommodations, the bigger your potential discounts could be. When booking such reservations, remember to make your preferred dates more flexible. Hotels that usually cater to business travelers categorize weekends as their off season. You could take the opportunity and book weekend hotel packages on such accommodations.

Browse the Internet for deals offering discount hotel accommodations, car rentals, and flights in packages. In some cases, travel agencies offer unified packages covering such services all at the same time. Such offers are usually practical as you would have to spend more paying for the services individually.

Do not stop comparing rates. Doing a comparison shop is the best strategy to take so you could find and secure the cheapest rates and accommodations there are in your destination of choice. You may need to constantly check specific travel and booking Websites so that when cheap offers arise, you would be among the first to grab the opportunities and book at cheaper prices.

Ask for recommendations and referrals from friends and colleagues. They may help you find the cheapest and best hotels and accommodations in a destination based on their actual experience.

Hotels are almost always costlier than other forms of accommodations. If you are going with your family or a group, hotel reservations would not in any way be practical. It would be best if you would prefer holiday apartments, rentals, or villas that could accommodate more people at the same time. Such accommodations are designed and constructed like actual homes so you could treat the units as your temporary ‘home away from home.’ Most units are also fully furnished so you could cook your own meals.

It may be a discouraging idea but try to check out available hostels in the destination. Many hostels these days are modernized and have established higher standards to cope with intense competition in the accommodation market. The budget travel sector is currently enjoying the price competitiveness of such accommodations, while at the same time enjoying great facilities and amenities.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Cheap Holidays

There are many cheap holidays to choose from as travel agents look to maximise sales during this peak trading period. I have previously written about the huge discounts you can find with hotels offering tourists discounts of up to 50% on room prices and then by shopping around, comparing deals with various agents you can find many bargain holidays.

However there are several pitfalls that people can fall into when booking low cost holidays that will push up the price significantly. Especially at this time of year when families are looking to book holidays before the kids head back to school and for everyone else looking to get some summer sun before the season is over. We can rush into booking holidays as time is so limited so the advice is to double check the small print before you press submit especially when buying flights.

The no frill budget airlines will start with low prices to entice you in but then add on extras that will significantly increase the price, extras that are included with traditional airlines. The biggest of the charges are for checking in bags which can be up to £20 for each case that you want to take with you, for a family of four this is a big cost for travelling to your destination and back again.

Another one I got stung with when I was quickly booking a flight for a low cost holiday was using a credit card, which was £10 each way, making my flight significantly more expense. The tip here is to use a Visa Electron card as most of the no frill airlines won’t charge you a premium for using this card. You can ask your bank or open a new bank account to get this card; it is often give to those around 15-18 years old as their first payment card so if you are a family it may be possible to obtain one through a child of this age.

Another expense which will hike up the bill is food and drinks. Drinks are more difficult to avoid paying over the odds for with the restrictions on liquids meaning you can’t carry more than 100ml in your hand luggage. You can however buy in the departure lounge which most likely still will be cheaper than on the plane. For food it is best if you can eat before leaving if possible and if not prepare some packed lunches for the flight, sandwiches on a recent flight were £5! There is another £20 for a family taking a flight.

The extra charges can run into the hundreds with no frill airlines. Plan your flight in advance and compare what the total cost will be with traditional carriers which have these extra costs included in their price, you’d be surprise how often it works out cheaper.

Is the Time Right to Buy Cheap Holiday Villas?

Cheap holiday villas in Spain and other countries are always an attractive option to buy. Endless sun and blue skies are always going to attract buyers if the price is right. However how do you decide when the time is right? If you have a solid criteria then it really doesn’t matter what the price is as long as the price is what you are comfortable with. However, now is a great time to find that comfortable price on holiday villas in Spain and elsewhere because Spanish villa sales are starting to happen again.

Let’s look at a few things to bear in mind.

1) If you are buying a cheap Spanish villa for investment then a falling market is the best time to buy, just before the market turns of course. We are at that point although the turn will not be sharp. You have got to decide when the market is about to turn and use that to your advantage. Remember that the biggest real estate fortunes were made in a depressed market. The Rockefeller’s of this world made their biggest fortunes during the Great Depression. I am not saying that buying cheap holiday villas in Spain will make you a zillionaire but eventually you might make a decent capital gain.

2) It is nigh on impossible to buy at a good price in a rising market where confidence is high because offers you make on highly priced properties will not be accepted. Some owners of cheap holiday villas in Spain have still not realized the market has changed but most are now waking up and smelling the coffee and are prepared to listen to offers. Cheap holiday villas in Spain are available of course but be careful on looking as many are overpriced by sellers who cannot lower their prices as their mortgages are too high.

3) In a falling market with a lack of confidence the story is different. Sellers place their properties at a price to sell undercutting the competition and then accept offers more often than not on those properties. On estates where the properties are all the same or similar then it is the most desperate seller that sets the base price. This situation is happening on the coasts and it is there where cheap Spanish villas are most available. However it is not there where I would recommend you go for the best eventual capital return. Go to the cities and around them as they always have more demand than areas for second homes.

4) When prices and interest rates are low as they are currently then the best deals are available. Interest rates are expected to stay low for a time and allied to the low prices is attracting buyers back into the market.

Now where I am in Spain, I believe that the best deals are not necessarily through the banks because those banks have an ecosystem of investors around them meaning that the best deals here go to employees and investors who have the Spanish Enchufe (An “in” with the bank). The best deals come from motivated sellers in any market but in an international property market there are even better deals available if sellers can play the currency markets. Currently British sellers returning to the UK or selling their Spanish holiday homes are working with an unfair advantage compared with Eurozone sellers so it would be remiss of you not to take advantage of the fact and pick yourself up a bargain.

So to answer the question in the title, maybe!

Destination Zante For a Cheap Holiday

The Greek island of Zante is located off the western coast of mainland Greece. Its is also known as Zakynthos and is one of the largest Ionian islands. The Island has an ideal climate for sunseekers and those looking for a relaxing holiday abroad.

The best way to travel to Zakynthos is by plane or ferry. Ferries disembark in the island’s capital city of Zante town and its harbor port called Agios Nikolaos. Cheap flights are available from the Greek capital of Athens, and also most major airports in the UK. From the airport you can get a taxi or take the bus to your hotel. To find the best ferry service or flights to Zante from your country or Greece, talk to a travel agent who is familiar with the Greek islands.

This postcard perfect island offers a variety of pristine beaches, activities and entertainment for families as well as a pleasurable nightlife. Families can enjoy a delightful and safe holiday at some of Zakynthos’s child-friendly resorts, while couple and singles can enjoy the adventure and excitement of Zante’s large selection of pubs and clubs.

Zakynthos makes for a great cheap holiday destination for Europeans and anyone choosing to travel to Greece. The island offers an excellent selection of resorts, inns, and cheap hotels for visitors. Areas that are popular with travelers include resorts in Kalamaki, Argassi and Keri. Tourists will also find that in terms of budgeting, compared to other islands in Greece, Zakynthos offers quality entertainment, food and accommodations ideal for a cheap holiday abroad.

A unique feature of the island is Zakynthos’ architecture, ruled by Venice for 400 years; the buildings of Zante are traditionally Venetian in architectural design, giving Zakynthos a distinct marriage of Greek and Italian architecture and adding to its charm. Another introduction to the island by the Venetians was the introduction of the graceful and fruitful olive tree.

This architectural charm is showcased by the island’s main city and capital, Zante town. In this city the majority of Zakynthos’s 35,000 residents live. This picturesque harbor town offers tourists a number of attractions including shops, traditional Greek taverns, restaurants and a nice selection of hotels.

A great influence on Zante is religion. Greek Orthodoxy is the main religion on Zakynthos, and the island’s revered monasteries are a key attraction. The majority of Greek islands are famous for hosting commemorative religious festivals and in Zakynthos the holiday of Saint Dionysios is the most renowned. Islanders celebrate this day by a religious procession, which includes the carrying of the saints remains in a glass coffin, giving tourists and the religious a rare opportunity to see the remains of the saint.

For Tourists that prefer the nightlife, then Laganas on the south side of the island is your choice. The resort of Laganas offers lively bars and nightclubs for those who like to party until the early hours. Ravers with enjoy the variety of bars and clubs found on the beachfront of Laganas. After the evening’s entertainments end, visitors can relax, during the day, on the longest beach found on any of the Greek islands. For tourists, who are seeking an ecological adventure, divers can explore the underwater marine attractions that the island has to offer through its many cave dives and the wide range of marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can also enjoy Zante’s marine life which includes moray eels, monk seals, and loggerhead turtles.

Zakynthos offers are variety of attractions for families, couples and singles. It’s picturesque beaches, wonderful weather and fun atmosphere to sum up what tourists will experience while visiting Zante or as the Greeks call it Zakynthos.