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Find holidays at 2007 prices
Ah, 2007, that golden year of innocence before the banking crisis, the stock market slump, the decline in the value of the pound, galloping inflation . . . You might suspect that you would need a Tardis to find holidays at 2007 prices, but we have a few tips to find savings equivalent to what was on offer 4 years ago.
- Look east. The Eurozone can be prohibitively expensive because of the strength of the euro against the pound. In the Baltic states though, it is still possible to eat out very cheaply, and to find competitive prices for hotels and self-catering accommodation.
- Stay in the UK. Hotels are increasingly keen to attract customers. The amount of deals that include a free extra night's stay, or a dinner included as a free extra in a bed and breakfast booking mean that a hotel weekend break is now often much more affordable than it was in 2007.
- Check the travel offer websites. Travelzoo (www.travelzoo.com) and Last Minute (www.lastminute.com) have broadened their coverage and can now offer some startlingly cheap late deals. If you can pack fast and get to the airport you can often find savings of up to 75% on exotic holidays.
- Look at hostels as an alternative to hotels. Many now come with comfortable double or family rooms, and prices remain low.
- With flights, learn the value of flexibility. Tell yourself that there is always a cheap flight out there. Airlines like Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) have greatly extended their routes since you were booking holidays in 2007, meaning there is a greater choice of flights and alternative airports to choose from.