Travellers 'must be realistic'

21 August 2012 09:18

Holidaymakers should be more realistic about what to expect for their money when booking last-minute deals, a travel agent has said

Holidaymakers should be more realistic about what to expect for their money when booking last-minute deals, a travel agent has said

A travel agent has warned people thinking of booking a last-minute holiday deal to be realistic over the price.

Appearing on the BBC Breakfast programme, Donna Waddington said holidaymakers needed to understand how much a deal would actually set them back and have an idea of what to expect for their money.

The experienced travel agent, who works for Woodford-based Travel Counsellors, said the company was inundated with enquiries for last-minute deals at this time of year.

But she revealed many customers are unrealistic about how much the holiday they want would actually cost them.

The advice from the travel expert could see people put more planning into working out the budget for their holiday, but they shouldn't forget other essentials such as travel insurance.

Ms Waddington said: "Customers come to me and say their budget starts at £500 for all-inclusive and they want to be near the beach, have tennis courts and five-star standard."

She added that while she makes every effort to find something suitable, holidaymakers need to be realistic about what's on offer for them, and urged them to be open minded.

She said: "You might normally be able to say to somebody 'where would you like to go?', this year I'm having to say 'would you go to Turkey or Greece'. I've got Tunisia which might not be top of my list to offer somebody but I'm having to think outside the box."

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