As an expert about all things travel, every day Lisa gets asked for her advice by friends, family, clients and the general public. To try and help as many of you travel enthusiasts as possible, we asked Lisa some of the most common questions that you have all been asking on our forum:
If I am going on a family holiday is it better to go all-inclusive or half board?
This very much depends on the family. I would also try and establish how much time the family plan on spending at their accommodation as to whether they would benefit from being all inclusive.
In general, I find all inclusive suits those families who don’t want to venture out to local restaurants & like to know that all all they need is spending money should they wish to do excursions. If the kids want unlimited ice cream then they can!
Me and my 2 friends are planning on a holiday to Las Vegas in August. What should our budget be?
There are so many factors that effect the price that it’s very hard to say what your budget should be. As a starting point, I would recommend thinking about how long you are planning to stay, what star rating hotel you are looking to stay in. Where in Las Vegas are you looking to stay, ie are you wanting a central location on the strip? Flying in direct can sometimes work out better priced as can booking your holiday early. Flights generally come out 11 months prior to departure.
How do you work out whether an online travel company is legitimate or not?
For complete piece of mind, I would be looking to see that the travel provider was providing an ATOL protected package and was a member of ABTA
What are your top tips for booking a holiday on a small budget?
Travelling at a quieter time of the year can help to reduce the price. For example, going in low season. Look out for early booking incentives. Many of the suppliers I work with offer free child places or early booking savings.
Me and my 10 friends are planning a holiday to Crete, what are your top tips when booking as a large group?
Oooo lovely 🙂 Here is when booking it with a travel agent will take out a lot of the stress for you. Try and get commitment from the group that they all plan to go on the holiday. Once a holiday is booked, if people drop off the booking it then effects the price for the rest of the group! A number of suppliers I work with will allow name changes at no cost, groups can change / people pull out so its really handy if this is a possibility. A travel agent should also be able to ensure rooms are together & get group seating on the flight.
If I’m booking a holiday in the U.K. where are the best places to go?
There are so many fantastic places to holiday in the UK. It’s important to establish first how far you are wanting to travel and what are you looking to do during your holiday? Are you wanting to be near the beach or take your dog for eg. I have access to some lovely lodge escapes, cosy cottages as well as hotels that can cater for all holiday types.
My family are planning a holiday to Spain in 2020, we have 3 small children. What it be best to book a resort or a villa on a complex?
Every family differs on what works best for them. To start with, its a good idea to think about what you are looking for from the holiday. Being on a complex can often mean entertainment, kids clubs, onsite restaurants / bars. Would you make use of this? Villa holidays are often for the independent traveller.
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