Following the result of the Referendum on 23rd June when the UK voted to leave the EU, many people have been wondering how changes to the value of the pound could affect their holiday abroad. We understand that everyone wants to make the most of their holiday budget, so here are our top tips for getting the best value from your next holiday.
1. Go All Inclusive
An all inclusive holiday means everything in your hotel is taken care of.
If you haven’t yet booked your holiday and are worried about higher prices once you’re overseas, our top tip is to book an all-inclusive holiday. This will mean you don’t need to worry about prices changing as all of your food and drinks – and sometimes in-resort activities – are already paid for. If you have already booked and opted for another board basis, it may not be too late – your hotel may offer an All Inclusive upgrade. Contact your agent and they can enquire on your behalf.
2. Choose to Cruise
Most cruises include a full board meal plan.
Cruises are also a great option as most will include all meals. Many cruise lines hold free drinks promotions or give you the option to purchase a pre-paid drinks package. This again means that fluctuating exchange rates will not impact the enjoyment of your holiday.
Cruising is the perfect way to explore multiple destinations and as you disembark at each destination for a few hours, most people only take a small amount of pocket money for souvenirs and snacks. Some cruise lines also offer a picnic or packed lunch service – for a small charge, you can choose from an array of lunchtime delights to be taken on-land and enjoyed alfresco style.
3. Use a Travel Agent
Our experts can help you find your perfect holiday at the perfect price.
Before making any final decisions on your holiday, you should spend a little time on researching where you can find the best deals. As an independent travel agent, we here at Co-operative Travel have access to a huge number of package holidays – and one of our experienced Travel Advisors will work hard to help find your perfect holiday within your budget. You can be assured that holidaying with us will be safe and secure as we are members of ABTA and hold an ATOL licence. What’s more, our branches always provide the best exchange rates available to them on your travel money, so pop into your local Midcounties Co-operative Travel store before buying your currency elsewhere.
4. Budget with a Cash Passport
Avoid those overseas transaction charges with a Cash Passport.
You can buy a Cash Passport before you go on holiday and load it with a set amount of currency. Unlike using either a credit or debit card abroad – where you are likely to incur additional transaction charges – when you buy a Cash Passport, you can only spend the amount of money you loaded when you bought it. You aren’t penalised with usage charges and there is no risk of being affected by falling exchange rates. This is a great way to help ensure you don’t go over budget.
5. Don’t be Afraid to Book a UK Break
Choosing to holiday in the UK means you won’t need to worry about exchange rates.
There are lots of beautiful beaches, idyllic villages and bustling cities waiting to be discovered in the UK, and what’s more, you won’t feel the pinch of converting your pound into a foreign currency. We can offer you all kinds of UK breaks from family friendly holiday parks to luxury 5 star hotel breaks.
6. Try a Firm Favourite
Some of your favourite destinations have seen a recent drop in price.
Algarve and mainland Spain have been firm favourites with British holidaymakers for as long as most of us can remember. Mainland Spain – destinations such as Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca have seen a slight drop in price for Summer. Resorts in the Algarve prove that you can get a lot for your pound after a marked decline in prices earlier this year.
7. Try Somewhere Different
Try a lesser known resort for better value for money holiday.
Historically, Croatia has led the way on value for money once customers are in resort. Whilst prices are likely to be a little higher than previously in the country’s city hotspot, Dubrovnik, travel to one of Croatia’s 1000 islands or a lesser known resort and you’ll get excellent value for money.
Book Cheap Holidays with Coop Travel
If you’re looking to book your summer holiday this year, then take a look at what we can provide. We offer great value for holiday destinations in a variety of deals and packages. From all-inclusive packages to last-minute deals, we have a holiday for everyone.
Book a holiday with Coop Travel this summer and we’ll provide you with great value for money and a memorable holiday.
Published 11th July 2016