There are many different ways that people use to choose a holiday provider. They range from detailed, almost scientific assessments of the different options available, to the whimsical ‘I liked the pictures on their website’ approach. On the whole, a more balanced approach is probably for the best. A holiday does not come cheap and whatever your budget it is important to get things right. Following a structured approach at the decision making stage will allow you to steer clear of the pitfalls that others encounter at their cost.
Researching your holiday thoroughly is the first important element of a balanced approach. Use the power of the Internet to your advantage to select the right type of holiday, at the right sort of location for you. Once that decision has been made, look for holiday providers who specialise in holidays at your chosen location. They should have a first rate knowledge of your destination. I, for instance, love holidaying in Europe and so use www.atlanticholidays.net. I always investigate any travel guides a holiday provider has on their website and check them for accuracy. You would be surprised at some of the very obvious mistakes that I have found. Expertise is what you should be looking for and not flannel.
The next check should be value for money; or rather does the potential holiday offer that? It is relatively easy to check different companies prices against each other and an exercise that could well save you large amounts of your hard-earned cash. Another factor which, dependent on your home location in the UK, may be significant in your decision making process is where are the holiday flights from? Some people love the big London airports; others do not and prefer flights from regional locations. Check out www.atlanticholidays.net for excellent deals.
The next stage is market research on the likely looking contenders. Most people in the UK take regular holidays, so ask relations and work-colleagues about experiences they may have had with the same holiday providers. It is also useful to research the likely companies you have selected on the Internet; the things that can be discovered at this stage could save you a lot of pain. It is important however; to bear in mind that not every comment posted on the Internet is actually correct. Looking at repeated trends from a range of sources usually provides a more realistic picture.
Decision made, I usually ring the holiday provider next, even if I do not have any specific questions to ask them. You should be looking for good customer service from helpful staff. If that is not the case when you ring them find another provider, there are lots of them out there and the market is competitive. A final check should be to ensure that the holiday provider you have selected is registered with ATOL. The selection process I have described is hardly arduous, however busy you may be and will only help you make the correct decision.
Will Sands uses www.atlanticholidays.net as his holiday provider.