WITH half term coming to a close, and long, dark nights upon us, the cheap winter break season begins, and, with the impact of the recession, there will be some real bargains to be had.
As ever, the web is there to help.
Whether abroad or in the UK, the competition to get you a deal is stiff and there are host of sites that are well worth a visit in the quest for good value for money. Sites like expedia.co.uk, opodo.co.uk and dialaflight.co.uk have been around for a good while.
However, some are complicated while others are more straightforward to use.
Travelsupermarket.com, for example, is a disaster zone, a confusing mess, whilst Travelocity.co.uk is clean, well laid out and easy to use.
For simplicity, though, you cannot beat the less well known kayak.co.uk
What relief it gives from the clutter of those sites that have you calling for the paracetamol from just having looked at them!
Another bonus from kayak is the “anytime” button. This is great for those with flexibility on travel dates. It saves you from trying every date in a month one at a time and tells you the cheapest time to get where you want to go.
For eating out when you get where you are going, then check out toptable.com. This is a great site to mine for information on dining options and there are a host of restaurants offering special deals through it.
Then, when you get back, put some thoughts into hotelchatter.com
This new and developing blog site could well emerge as the best place to find honest assessments of places to stay.