DEMAND for summer breaks is soaring and has topped pre-pandemic levels, says tour giant Tui.
Amid the cost-of-living crisis looming and airports hiking fees, getting away may seem unlikely.
But there are steps you can take to ensure you get the most bang for your buck this summer.
Sophie Swietochowski has gathered the top holiday hacks from travel experts, plus the best bargain deals to book right now.
TRY SOMEWHERE NEW: Your go-to family holiday spot might not be the most budget-friendly option any more and swapping the Costa del Sol for the equally sunny coastlines of Bulgaria, might save you a small fortune.
According to new data from Skyscanner, flights to Milan are 63 per cent cheaper than they were in the same months before the pandemic, with the average UK return fare just £38pp in May.
The comparison site has a handy “Everywhere” tool on its drop-down search list to filter options based on your travel dates and rank them by price, cheapest first.
PHONE HOTELS AND BOOK DIRECTLY: “Booking your travel and accommodation directly instead of through a third party is a great way to avoid unnecessary fees,” Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, tells The Sun.
Accommodation is often the biggest cost but if you are willing to put in the graft, you can knock prices down. According to Which?, holidaymakers will get a better deal eight out of ten times when they pick up the phone.
BOOK ONE-WAY FLIGHTS: You do not always have to book return fares with one airline.
“Mixing and matching the airlines and airports you fly with can seriously cut costs,” says Skyscanner’s Naomi Hahn. “Look at flying out with one airline and back…
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