Are you looking to travel to Europe or further abroad? We have compiled a list of the websites that will hopefully open up options and give you the best chance to find the best travel deal for you. The key to saving money with your travels is booking early and doing your research on the different options available to you. The aim of this page is to give you all these tools in one place.
Research your trip, book flights early as well as accommodation (so you get the best deal on where you want to stay) and have everything organised. This is particularly important when booking for peak holiday periods.
If you don't know what you want to do and are open to suggestions, then it can be worth hunting the deals. Scroll below to the daily deals on holiday categories to find a bargain holiday offer. Sometimes the later you book the better deal you can find.
The best and easiest way to find value for money flights across Europe is to use comparison sites such as Skyscanner and Liligo. Both pick up both budget and mainstream airlines and link you to the airlines website.
The main airlines that fly from London Airports across Europe are British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Wizz Air. It can also be worth checking out holiday operators Thomas Cook that charter their own planes to many holiday destinations across Europe as well as other locations internationally.
If the long haul flight you are looking for is fairly straight forward use comparison sites such as Skyscanner and Liligo to find the best deal and flight for you. If you are looking for a Round the World ticket, stop over or connecting flights than it can be worth using the services of a travel agent. Students under 26 should use STA travel along with some other agents to compare. Travel agents that are usually very competitive price wise include Travel Pack, Trailfinders and Travel Bag.
Eurolines is the easiest way to find pricing for individual journeys across Europe other than researching each individual countries National bus services. Busabout offer excellent value for money with their hop on- hop off bus service to popular European destinations designed for travellers looking to explore various European countries.
It can be worth hunting the different websites for the accommodation you seek. Hotel Info and Trip Advisor are always worth looking at for the customers ratings of places which they have stayed. Other popular websites worth looking at in general include, Lastminute, Hotels, Late Rooms and Expedia.
Last Minute, EBookers, Expedia are a good to start with when looking at booking a beach holiday while the following holiday companies are always worth looking at Low Cost Holidays, Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook, Thomsons, First Choice and On the Beach are all good resources when searching for holidays.
Secret Escapes is a free to join travel members club that offers some amazing discounted deals on luxury/boutique holidays. Well worth registering with.
Last Minute, EBookers, Expedia are all good websites for finding value for money flight/hotel packages for City breaks while Shortbreaks offers value for money Eurostar/Hotel packages to Paris, Lille, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.
Radical Travel (Busabout - hop on hop off bus around Europe as well as tours through Ireland and Scotland), Contiki (Is a well established tour company offering various tours through Europe and the rest of the world.) Trailfinders,Top Deck, Intrepid Travel, Sta Travel and G Adventures.
2fore1 Golf will get you discounted green fees across many courses in the UK and Europe. So save quite a bit of money combined on a golf trip.
Try all the websites listed above to source the best deal or if open to where you travel try group buying websites: Groupon, Living Social, Wowcher and Mighty Deals. Also try Cashback websites: Quidco and Top Cashback.
It can often be cheaper to pre-organise Airport Transfers rather than paying when you get there although make sure you do your own research with your destination. Check local buses, trains, shuttle services with the airport you are arriving at.
There are so many companies it can be hard work getting the best deal which is unlikely to be what is being offered by the agent or website you have purchased a product from.
The easiest way of sourcing the best travel insurance deal is using a comparison website such as Confused.com or Go Compare. Coverwise specializes in travel insurance and can also be worth looking at.
Check first that you are not covered by your bank, and if so, is that cover suitable for the travels you are taking?
- What activities are you likely to do on holiday?... and does the insurance you are getting cover these activities if you have an accident?