I’ve got something to confess: I spend too much time over-researching holidays on the internet.
Seriously, planning for a holiday should be fun…not a wild goose chase for hotels, flights, activities, tours, transfers, meals and even resort outfits to suit the palm-tree, poolside locale. When will this holiday start already?!
As a former travel website editor, I’ve done my head in trying to nail the “perfect holiday” when it was right under my nose the whole time. Yep, the package holiday.
Recently, a friend made me super jealous telling me about her trip to Vietnam with her husband and three kids. Their guide organised a dinner with a local family, a game of soccer with the local kids, restaurant recommendations, and taught her kids some special customs and traditions. “It was worth every cent. Everything was taken care of,” she told me.
It got me thinking about the reasons package holidays are an attractive option nowadays. I’ve previously done a hotel-flight-tour combo in Thailand that gave me less to worry about, and more time to take Insta-worthy photos on the beach.
Here are my five reasons why I’d do it again:
Your wallet’s happier.
The bang-for-your-buck factor is huge. When you book flights and accommodation together, you benefit from the booking service/site having done the groundwork and number-crunching to nail great combos in bulk.
Kids-fly-free deals might allow one free child’s flight per full-fare-paying adult and, if you’re a family of four, that’s basically getting four flights for the price of two (or eight flights for the price of four, if you count return). If you were travelling outside of a package, you’d likely be paying full fares on airlines. With hotels, the average room rate is often lower, too. I’ll take the lagoon pool room, please…
Freebie jeebies: You don’t even need to leave the resort.
With travel booking options multiplying, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of inclusions. Hotels will toss in everything but the kitchen sink to win you over – I’m particularly fond of airport transfers, because the last thing you want after hours on a plane is to scramble for a cab or a bus.