Wise Holiday Deals

Jan 03, 2013, 12:14 ET from Thomas Cook

LONDON, January 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

• Brits search for top holiday deals this winter

Thomas Cook offer range of savvy holiday deals the Three Wise Men would have been proud of

Following the frantic holiday season forget the knowledge of the Three Wise Men because shoppers across the country are becoming savvier at finding the best holiday deals. You might be short on gold, frankincense and myrrh but right now there are excellent holiday bargains waiting to be found.

Leading travel provider Thomas Cook has put together a list of top money saving tips when it comes to shopping for your next break - so what wisdom do you need to take on board?

Shop last minute or well in advance

There are two tactics to use when trying to secure the best holiday deal. The first is to shop well in advance, which means making a booking at least 3 months before you travel.

The second is to snap up last minute deals a matter of weeks or days before you plan to travel. The biggest perk of booking in advance is greater variety in your travel options, but be prepared to be beaten on price by last minute deals. Shoppers can secure extremely cheap deals with last minute packages but you do sacrifice choice and flexibility.

Travel out of season

In the lead up to winter there is a huge push on final summer sun holidays. By travelling out of peak season, you're likely to find outstanding savings on a holiday in Malta, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

In the cooler months, popular Tunisia holiday spots like Dar el Said and Souani el Adari are still warm enough to escape the chill in Britain. As well as finding the best deals, travelling away from the peak season also helps to escape the crowds.

Look for all-inclusive packages

When holiday shopping on a strict budget, all inclusive packages are an excellent choice. Package holidays incorporate all of the expenses in one single payment, meaning flights, accommodation, meals and entertainment are all covered.

Package holidays allow parents to accurately budget for the break and not let added expenses leave a hole in their savings. Popular package deals include holidays to Egypt, Kos and Cyprus - so take your pick.

SOURCE Thomas Cook