As many of you will know, 2020 was easily one of the worst years in the travel industry’s history, and as it drew to a close last December, billions of people around the globe hoped and prayed that this year would bring better times - and while in many ways it has, with the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants here in the UK, and the national roll out of the vaccine - for the travel industry it has solved only a few problems, and created a growing number of new ones.
Travel restrictions change what feels like every other day. In the media we’ve seen reports of Brits rushing to get home from newly amber-listed destinations, forking out hundreds of pounds on various tests both whilst on holiday and at home. The chaos and confusion surrounding holidaying is at an all time high, that much is for sure. A study from Which? this time last year found that Brits were £5.6m out of pocket, an average of £446 each, due to cancelled holidays* - something we don’t want to see again.
So, we decided to do some research of our own, to try and help hopeful holiday-goers save as much money as possible on their next big trip. So, we decided to do some research of our own, to try and help hopeful holiday-goers save as much money as possible on their next big trip, to show that even with demand peaking, there are still plenty of savings to be made.
To do this, we collated internal data from both LateRooms (hotels) and Last Minute Cottages (self-catered accommodation), to reveal the top money-saving holiday booking hacks:
As part of this research we also looked at which locations were the cheapest overall to stay in:
Matthew Fox, CEO of the Snaptrip Group, said,
“Although last year was probably the most disruptive in recent history for the holiday industry, the current situation is just as bad if not worse. With rules surrounding European and international holidays seemingly changing every few days, people are either being forced to travel to a country without knowing their situation upon return, cancel their holidays, or rebook holidays here in the UK.
“Right now the staycation is by far the safest bet, and we can see this trend stretching well into next year - with so many uncertainties when it comes to international travel, trust in the current international holiday industry is at an all time low, people will look to holiday without the worry of the unknown. That’s why we’ve decided to create this list, to try and give people the best possible chance to get the best possible deals.”