Are you a self catering kind of person, or do you go all out and book your all inclusive break?
I guess it depends on your circumstances, but if you’re looking to save money whilst you’re away, all inclusive is a good choice.
We’re looking at keeping pounds in the pocket, so it’s important to explore all options. A good way to save money before you even leave the house is to book your car parking spot at the airport. This is a great way to cut out stress and avoid the cost of expensive public transport. Taxis can be extortionate, and trains and coaches can take forever. To cut this out, I drive myself, and book my parking spot with Airparks. It doesn’t matter where you’re flying from, and this is a service that is available regionally and at major airports. I recently booked my airport parking, and was surprised at the cost and thought the level of service was second to none. I’d certainly recommend looking into this option if you’re able to drive yourself.
Saving on the smaller details of your holiday gives you more to spend, and of course if you can save on the initial booking, you’re onto a real winner.
If you’re travelling with children, then all inclusive holidays are certainly the way forward. When the sun is beating down, it’s important to keep the little ones hydrated, and we all know how much drinks can mount up. All inclusive means you don’t need to worry about the increasing cost as the day goes on, and you can instead focus on fun, fun, fun.
Whilst the price of booking all inclusive is a little higher at the initial stage, compared to self catering and bed and breakfast deals, the money you will save whilst you’re actually away will be considerable. Depending on where you’re visiting, the cost of eating out and drinking can be expensive, especially if you’re doing it every night, so the comfort of having your food and drink already paid for is a real weight off the mind.
You can grab a cheap deal on all inclusives, and it’s a case of shopping around and being patient, waiting for the bargain to come up. I recently found a fantastic deal on Teletext for two weeks’ in Spain during September, and booked it right away. The key is to be flexible when you are searching.
The only danger with an all inclusive holiday is that you run the risk of not leaving the hotel grounds during your holiday, because everything is paid for, but that’s easily avoided – just get out and explore.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.