As we near to a month of social isolation after the long Easter weekend, many may be yearning for the feeling of sand between their toes or the hit of heat after stepping off of a plane in an exotic climate. Despite some saying that this moment could take longer to come than we would like, now could be the time to start budgeting for travel.
This comes amidst news today that flight carriers could double prices once the non-essential travel ban has been lifted. This is due to service providers being barred from filling planes and enforcing some social distancing measures. Furthermore, there is an expectation that there will be a rush amongst potential travellers, allowing carriers to raise prices for desirable destinations.
Matt Crate, managing director of WeSwap, shared some top tips to budget for your next holiday:
Choose how to travel
With the news that carriers could double prices today, some flight providers and even water-based options may see an opportunity to book future holidaymakers in now. Compare your options diligently and be prepared to travel at less desirable times to get a better price
Destination, destination, destination
Some national carriers will be working with travel boards to make their countries and regions attractive to potential travellers, so there may be deals to be had there. Furthermore, there will be a lot of demand for already popular destinations such as Florida or Paris, but looking further afield to less popular holiday destinations may present more cost-effective options for many families looking to get away once this period has passed.
Begin budgeting now
The travel market is very fluid at the moment, so trying to get the best possible deal for a specific time can be tricky. However, there are some things that will still be the same. Exchanging travel money to Euros or Dollars now, setting hotel and flight budgets or even beginning to budget for your holiday spend would be a great use of time and an incentive to look ahead to your next getaway.
Compare the comparison sites
With many of us with extra time on our hands at home, internet window shopping can be very appealing, but a great use of time can be to compare the comparison sites. There are still great deals to be had when booking in the future, so check out all the sites and even visit the carriers’ websites directly as you could save you hundreds off of your next venture
In short, there are still lots that holidaymakers can be doing to prepare for their 2020 holidays. Just make sure that all holidays booked during this period are protected in case you can’t travel then, but there are still great deals to be had, so spend time doing your research and get ready to travel again!