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Package holidays increase in popularity

21 December, 2018

While booking an annual break remains a priority for many households, getting a good deal has never been more important for families keen to save money. And package holidays, especially all-inclusive, are leading the pack. This year, about half of all holidays booked were package deals according to ABTA’s latest report and there is every indication this is set to grow even further in 2019. Which all goes to show just how far package holidays have come from the cheap and cheerful breaks of olden days.

Amazing experiences

Modern-day package holidays have seriously upped their game. You’re more likely to find beach-fronted stylish hotels, with well-designed rooms, serving exotic local dishes catering for meat eaters to vegans alike and poolside bars serving cocktails. Ready for the Instagram generation, new boutique hotels have decor inspired by traditional architecture with a focus on wellness. And instead of dismal day trips, you’ll find interesting excursions led by local guides that open up a world of adventure such as horse riding across windswept beaches, mountain zip-rides or stepping into mind-bending history. City breaks to Spain and Portugal in particular have benefited from the resurgence of the package holiday.

Greater savings

The biggest reason for booking a package deal remains cost. You’re more likely to save money with a package deal. Once considered to be more price effective with the rise of budget airlines and the internet, today booking all the elements of your holiday – the flights, transfer, accommodation and tours can be a costly business both in terms of cash and time. Holiday packages are much more likely to be cheaper as tour operators seek out the best airfares, hotel tariffs and local deals for you. This has really opened up travel to destinations like Turkey, Montenegro and Tunisia where package holidays really offer excellent value for money.

Keep control

When you add in all the extras, today’s all-inclusive package deals help you to control costs – essential when there’s a volatile pound and uncertainty over Brexit. Latest bookings are up 3% and one in five have their sights set on an all-inclusive holiday next year. It might seem a lot of cash upfront but when you see how much you can save from an all-inclusive package holiday, these deals mean you know exactly how much you’re spending. With so many now flying to destinations far and wide, such as Mexico, Cape Verde or the Canaries, all inclusive can be the best decision you’ll make all summer.

Added reassurance

The one thing package holidays are known to give you is the consumer protection. If you’ve book independently, if any part of your holiday goes wrong, you’ll almost certainly lose money or be stranded abroad. Whereas package holidaymakers have peace of mind knowing they’ll be looked after in any situation. Not only that, but package-holiday operators are usually up to speed on any local problems or risks, and can provide good advice on any safety precautions necessary.

Easy convenience

Who doesn’t want a little less stress in their lives? This is proving one of the biggest reasons for choosing a package holiday, with ABTA finding that 75% of people choose a package because ‘everything is taken care of’. People are discovering that booking and paying for their flights, transfers, accommodation, food and drinks in one go means they’ve got more time to do what they need to be doing. The time-saving benefits of booking a package holiday are proving a winner.

Tailor-made packages

The introduction of the new Package Travel Regulations earlier this year will boost package holiday numbers even further. Whether you want a fortnight on a Spanish beach, a foodie trip to Italy or a sightseeing holiday to Asia, you can book all the elements such as flights and accommodation together through one company. Holidaymakers can pick the ideal holiday components for them and personalise their experience while saving money and enjoying all the protections and reassurances of a package holiday. There are some great deals out there as travel companies start to offer tailor-made packages with great beach holidays in Croatia, Bulgaria and the Caribbean.

With such great deals combined with peace-of-mind protection, it’s no wonder package holidays are proving popular. When will you book yours?

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