Back in the 90s, package holidays were incredibly popular and whenever couples or families would travel abroad, they would enlist the help of a travel agent and book everything through one company. However, in recent years, instead of relying on travel agents and holiday reps, the vast majority of holidaymakers have become much more independent and many will choose to book their own flights and accommodation.
Whilst there is no denying that package holidays are easy to book, and this is their biggest selling point, due to the number of benefits associated with organising a holiday independently, it is no surprise that this modern option is causing package deals to decline in popularity. If you’re interested in booking a holiday and you’re wondering whether it would be best to do so independently, keep reading today to find out some of the main advantages of doing so.
Save yourself hundreds of pounds
This is probably one of the biggest benefits of planning a holiday yourself rather than booking a package holiday and you really can save a huge amount of money. Generally speaking, you can expect every aspect of your holiday to be more expensive when you book a package.
Whilst it can seem like you’re getting a really good deal, especially if you opt for an all-inclusive holiday, when you actually break down the costs of the flights, accommodation, transfers etc. and look at booking them elsewhere independently, they will be more expensive. So, if you’re wanting a lovely holiday that doesn’t break the bank, booking independently is the way to go.
Get more flexibility with your flights
More often than not, when you’re booking a package holiday, you will have limited options when it comes to your flights. Not only will you be restricted to one airline, but you will probably only have a couple of times to choose from too and your flight dates may even be restricted as well.
When you choose to plan your own holiday, you will be in complete control of every aspect of the trip and you will have so much more flexibility for your flights. You will be able to shop around for cheaper flights and find flight times that are more convenient and suitable for your check-in and check-out times. This can make a big difference to your whole holiday.
Prevent having to compromise on accommodation
The vast majority of the time, package holidays are for hotels and it can be difficult to find deals for any other type of accommodation. Of course, this means you’re automatically ruling out a number of brilliant accommodation options that are available for your holiday.
By booking your accommodation yourself, you will have so much more choice and you will be able to ensure that the option you book meets all of your individual needs. You won’t have to compromise and stay in a hotel if a luxury villa would be a much better option. With a wide variety of accommodations available, there really is something for everyone.
Of course, it is worth noting that when you book something like a holiday villa, you will usually benefit from things such as a private pool as well as peace and quiet too.
Remove the restrictions from your holiday
Even though package holidays can be tempting because everything will be pre-organised for you, it does mean your holiday ends up being quite restricted. As well as having limited flight and accommodation options, other parts of your holiday will be limited too.
Due to the fact that many packages are half/full board or all-inclusive, your meals will be paid for, so you won’t eat at authentic restaurants and experience the local cuisine. You will also likely have paid for excursions, meaning you won’t get to explore the surrounding areas yourself. However, organising your own holiday will completely remove these restrictions.
Booking your next holiday independently
Ultimately, there is no denying that next time you’re booking a holiday, it is definitely worthwhile looking into doing so yourself rather than automatically turning to a package holiday deal. Often, once holidaymakers have booked their own flights, accommodation and transfers once, they won’t go back to using a travel agent again and it is easy to see why package holidays aren’t as popular as they used to be.
When organising your own holiday, if you’re looking for somewhere to book accommodation, be sure to visit the Rental Cloud website. Whether you’re looking for holiday homes, holiday cottages, holiday apartments or holiday villas to rent, you can trust that we will have a wide range for you to choose from in a number of popular holiday destinations. We will make the process of booking your accommodation as simple and stress-free as possible.