Summer break is in full swing and many Brits have yet to book their sunny getaways. trip expert and Trivago CEO Axel Hefer spoke exclusively with express.co.uk about how travelers can easily save costs on vacation.
Axel told Express.co.uk: “As we enter a great travel season for Brits, our latest data shows that hotel prices in Europe have gradually increased over the summer.
“Nevertheless, there are certain things travelers can take into account to ensure they get the best possible accommodation.”
He told vacationers his five super-easy tips for a cheaper vacation.
Axel’s first tip was to be flexible with times and locations.
He explained: “That should mean choosing a destination with local transport or a lot of accommodation and competition.
“Certain destinations can be very expensive due to supply constraints.
“Travellers should also be flexible with their length of stay during this period.”
Next, when selecting a hotel, hostel or AirBnb, travelers should not always go for the first option they come across.
“There are great accommodation deals out there, so I would highly recommend comparing locations, the type of accommodation you are looking for and offers from multiple providers,” the expert advised.
“It also gives travelers the opportunity to discover something new!
“Our latest consumer survey shows that one in five Britons are more likely to take short, spontaneous trips after Covid and 21 percent say their main motivation for future travel is to explore new countries.”
That said, while spontaneity is a great quality when it comes to traveling, it’s always best to be at least a little prepared.
“It is recommended to book your room in advance as you can access all hotel deals in the beginning and save good money.
“Strictly avoid last minute bookings during high season.”
Axel recommended thinking outside the box when it comes to vacation destinations.
“Consider these hidden gem destinations if you want to travel abroad – be open to alternative destinations that have cheaper accommodation and that not many people travel to, but are a perfect destination for summer vacations!
“According to our latest summer data, these destinations include: Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Zacatecas, Mexico; Valle Gran Rey, Spain; Lipa Noi, Thailand; and Polis, Cyprus.”
Axel’s final was to be handy with means of transport and consider going by car or train rather than flying.
“In addition to the high demand and staff shortages at the airport, fuel prices are also driving up the prices of airline tickets.
“To avoid the stress and save money, consider destinations that you can travel to by car or train, such as somewhere nearby or in northern France.”
The expert’s next tip was to travel during the week instead of going away on the weekend.
He explains: “Our data shows that if you book your holiday on Friday, you get the best deals.
“But to get an even better deal, book your trip during the week instead of the weekend – these are less popular days, so you can save!”