Whether or not the task of planning a holiday fills you with joy or dread, we can all agree the end product, a holiday, is well worth the effort. Here's 6 tips for booking a holiday online.
One of the biggest benefits to online shopping is the ability to browse many products at once and compare prices. This gives you the upper hand to find packages, flights, accommodation and tours to fit in your budget.
Most travel companies will want you to pay at least a deposit at the time of booking. Make sure you have a secure method for making online payments. Options include paying via a debit card, such as our Visa Debit card, or via a credit card.
If you’re not going to book an organised tour, research where other tour companies go – they generally stop off at all the hot spots so you’ll be sure to learn more about the area you are visiting through reading tour notes.
Local companies might be able to offer a better price and more options than what you may find when only searching within Australia. If you do this remember the importance of online security and only purchase from companies you trust. Read our earlier post to learn more about your security while shopping online. It might be a good idea to seek advice from other travellers to find out their experience with overseas travel companies.
Scour travel forums such as Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor – you can either post a question and start a topic thread or just look through past topics to find what you are looking for. The hints and tips you get about where to go and who to purchase through are invaluable and if you see a trend towards a particular activity or company you can usually trust the advice is worth taking.
It doesn’t suit all destinations but if you do your research you’ll find there are many countries where it is possible to purchase your transport before you leave. If travelling to Japan, it’s actually compulsory for you to purchase your JR Pass before you leave Australia.
If you’ve never purchased a holiday online before it can seem a little daunting. However, with enough time and research it can be well worth the effort, and even turn out to be really fun. With all the research under your belt, you’ll also be sure to help other travellers with your hints and tips!