Buy the ex­pe­ri­ence not the cheap­est deal

Central and North Burnett Times - - TRAVEL -

WITH the rise of on­line travel providers, it seems there’s never been a bet­ter time for con­sumers to book their own hol­i­days. The in­ter­net is full of com­pet­ing travel sites and ag­gre­ga­tors that all boast the “best deals” or the “low­est prices”.

While there’s noth­ing wrong with want­ing to get your hol­i­day for the best price, travel should never just be a quest for the cheap­est price. When you’re cre­at­ing mem­o­ries to last a life­time, it should be about buy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence. Shop around

This may seem pretty ob­vi­ous. If you’re on the hunt for a great travel deal then of course you’re go­ing to ex­plore all your op­tions. How­ever you’d be sur­prised how many peo­ple are tricked into buy­ing the first “great deal” they come across.

It’s a mis­take to book the first deal you see. It’s also a mis­take to book the cheap­est thing you see. Cheap­est isn’t al­ways best. In fact, it’s rarely best. The pack­age may be cheap be­cause of some hid­den terms and con­di­tions, or it might even be miss­ing some­thing that you don’t know you need.

Read re­views

This is a vi­tal step that many peo­ple skip, but if you’ve been burned once you’ll never skip it again. Cus­tomer re­views are help­ful in en­sur­ing that the ho­tel or tour that you’re book­ing de­liv­ers on what it promises.

How­ever they’re not only great for find­ing out if a ho­tel is good or dodgy, they’re also help­ful in check­ing up on the agent you’re con­sid­er­ing book­ing with.

Ex­am­ine in­clu­sions

Fol­low­ing on from read­ing re­views, don’t just be wowed by a long list of “in­clu­sions”. Be sure you’ll ac­tu­ally use what is be­ing of­fered and get the most value out of your in­clu­sions.

The idea of bundling ev­ery­thing to­gether and scor­ing some free­bies and dis­counts is pretty at­trac­tive, but be sure you re­ally con­sider what you’re pay­ing for. Some deals ac­tu­ally work against the cus­tomer by leav­ing cer­tain es­sen­tials out of the pack­age while in­clud­ing ex­tras that are of no real value to you.

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