If there is one thing you do not need at Christmas, it is to spend more money than necessary. After all, the festive period is already one of the most expensive times of the year, with everything from presents to the turkey dinner to fund. If you are planning on going away this Christmas (good choice!), you can avoid spending unnecessary cash by making sure you are not duped by the following holiday travel myths.
- Booking at a certain time on a certain day will save you money – A lot of people believe that flights are cheaper on a certain day. Has anyone ever told you to book your flights on a Wednesday to save money, for example? Well, if you are working and find it difficult to do so, don’t fret, as it doesn’t make much difference. According to data by KAYAK, which involved over one billion searches, flight prices do not differ depending on the day you book. The most effective way to save money is to use a travel firm that can locate the best deal for your budget, and to make sure you book as soon as you can.
- Flying on Christmas day is much cheaper – You may be tempted to miss out on Christmas day altogether in order to save some bucks. Don’t waste your time; it can actually cost you more. If you fly to Italy or Spain on December 25th, for example, you can expect to spend up to 24 and 38 per cent more respectively when compared with New Year’s Eve. This is the cheapest day to travel during the festive period. This is according to research gathered by Skyscanner. They did note, however, that flying to the USA on Christmas day can be cheaper, so, if you plan on going there, this could be an option to consider.
- Beach holidays are way more expensive during the winter – It is only natural that you would want to get some sun during the cold winter months. After all, there is not a lot of it on offer in the UK. If you don’t care about having a white Christmas and would rather be basking in the sunshine, you may be worried about the cost. While there is no denying that some places are expensive over the festive period, you can find some great deals. It is simply a case of sourcing the destinations that offer the best value, and this is something your expert travel agent can assist with.
- Hotel prices are extortionate at Christmas – Last but not least, a lot of people assume hotel prices are going to be huge during the festive period. In fact, this is not always the case. Approximately 50 per cent of holiday travellers stay with family at this time of year, and so a lot of hotels will offer great deals in order to entice customers. Do a bit of research before you settle on accommodation and you won’t pay over the odds.
So there you have it: the common Christmas travel myths debunked!