TRAVEL experts have revealed why holidaymakers need to book their summer trips now, or risk missing out.
Booking in advance is one way to find great deals on holidays, but waiting this year could also see those bargains go to waste.
Some experts are event warning that summer holidays should already have been booked, if people want to get a decent deal for the warmer months.
Speaking to the Guardian, several travel specialists warned that summer plans should be made sooner rather than later in 2023.
Karen Hislop, travel manager at Flight Centre Wynnum, said: “If you are travelling in the European summer, i.e. June to August, you really need to be securing at least your flights now.”
Meanwhile, Michael Johnson, CEO of Tourism Accommodation Australia added: “It’s fair to say that yes, it may seem to be a little expensive, even when you’re forward booking with plenty of notice, but it’ll be even more expensive if you wait.”
They aren’t the only experts warning holidaymakers to book as soon as they can either.
Travel Republic’s managing director, Antonio Fellino says that hits to the company’s website are already rising as Brits start to research destinations and prices.
Antonio said UK holidaymakers will want to have their holidays booked early this year, not only because they want something to look forward, but also because of the rising cost-of-living.
He said that booking earlier will likely give Brits the best chance of getting a good deal on their summer getaways.
He said: “We had a bumper Black Friday this year for bookings, which isn’t surprising given the economic backdrop and the fact that everyone wants a deal this year more than ever.
“I’m confident that January will be the same and all the best prices will be snapped up quickly.
“Prices will be at their lowest in the early months of the year to encourage bookings and are likely to increase as we progress through 2023.”
Antonio also said that all-inclusive package holidays could be the best option for Brits to get the best deals this year.
Consumer expert Harry Wallop said he too expected package deals to be popular in 2023, as Brits look to lock in prices while they’re cheaper.
He told Sun Online Travel: “A lot of families, for them a summer break is pretty sacrosanct and they will trim back all sorts of day to day spending, but they’re not going to cancel their summer holiday.
“I think that’s why package holidays seem to be enjoying quite a bit of a revival because you can more or less book now and know that is the price you’re going to end up paying, especially if it’s all inclusive.
“It gives people the peace of mind that, though prices are going up and up, you know what you will end up paying for your holiday.
“I would expect to see package holidays enjoy a really good year next year.”
Meanwhile, these tips will help you save money on your summer holidays.
And this holidaymaker revealed a cheeky way she cuts costs while on trips abroad.
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